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Inside The Taj Mahal

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Inside The Taj Mahal

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# Play Song Title Duration
1.

Prologue/Inside

4:02
2.

Mantra I/Meditation

2:22
3.

Mumtaz Mahal

3:28
4.

Unity

4:38
5.

Agra

1:41
6.

Vibrations

1:43
7.

Akasha

2:55
8.

Jumna

2:46
9.

Shah Jahan

5:43
10.

Mantra II/Duality

2:28
11.

Ustad Isa/Mantra III

2:35

The Taj Mahal lies in glorious splendor on the south bank of the Jumna River just outside the city of Agra in India. It was erected by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his most beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begum, affectionately called Mumtaz Mahal, which means the Jewel of the Palace.

She passed from her body in 1631 while giving birth to her fourteenth child by the Shah. She had been the Shah's inseparable companion for nineteen years, accompanying him to the most official matters of state. At the age of thirty-eight she was praised throughout the kingdom tor her radiant beauty, kindness and generosity to the poor. After her death the Shah was beside himself with the deepest grief. The light was gone from the palace, and the Shah very nearly wilted away from lack of it. But out of the darkness a new light was born. After neither speaking nor seeing anyone, he announced to the court that a great memorial would be built to immortalize his wife's great beauty. Its beauty would blaze for all time in the hearts and minds of men as did Mumtaz's radiance when she walked the earth.

And so the word was sent throughout the known world, and a great council of the most renowned architects of the age gathered in the palace of the Shah. Many plans were submitted, and many of the greatest artists of the time were sent away. Only the best would do. Finally, a Turk from Constantinople by the name of Ustad lsa, meaning "Master Jesus," presented a plan that was to the liking of the Shah, and so the work began.

The finest craftsmen in the world were summoned. The chief masons came from Baghdad and Delhi; the dome builders from Asiatic Turkey and Samarkand; the mosaic workers came from Kanauj and Baghdad; and the principal calligraphist, who wrote the Tughru inscriptions in and about the Taj, came from Kandahar. They, in turn, sent for the finest materials available, and the Shah put the treasury of his empire at their disposal.

Pure white marble for the walls came from Jaipur, to be inlayed with a flowering, flowing pattern of vines in twenty different kinds of precious and semi-precious jewels: jasper from Punjab; jade from China; turquoise from Tibet; lapis from Lazuli, and sapphires from Celon, coral and carnelian from Arabia. onyx and amethyst from Persia; and diamonds from Panna in Bundelkund.

For twenty-two years, twenty thousand men worked to give shape to one of the greatest treasures ever amassed on the planet. Slowly it rose like the unfolding of a pure white lotus flower. Around the great marble dome rose four graceful minarets, like ladies of the court attending their princess.

Today, passing through the principle arch in the gateway, one can begin to behold the wonder they worked. The Arabic inscriptions in black marble invite the pure of heart to enter the Gardens of Paradise. So let us enter.

- KIP KIPNIS

Mood Description:
Meditative, spiritual, atmospheric
Composer:
Paul Horn