Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


Glocal #8 Thinking Global, Acting Local "The Taj Rule™'

Glocal #8 Thinking Global, Acting Local “The Taj Rule ™”

                                           The Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal has been considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. I felt my breath get short as my eyes continued on a journey down the reflecting pool to see white marble structure I had only read about my entire life.

The Taj Mahal is widely measured as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. It is situated on the right bank of river Yamuna. Words fall short in trying to describe the feeling that is experienced with the beauty of the architecture. The building is actually a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan who was grief-stricken after the death of Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife. She died delivering their 14th child at the age of 39. The building was started in 1632 and was completed in 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.

The Taj Mahal is the biggest attraction in India drawing between 2 million and 4 million visitors annually. I Beveled Edgestook this global experience and started thinking about the “building of love.” The Taj Mahal is a tribute to Sha Jahan’s wife and to God. The main structure of the Taj is square but has unique beveled corners so there are no sharp edges. I pondered the concept of beveling the edges to soften the concept of this building of love. I then started to compare the idea of rounding out the edges of any relationship to come from a higher level of communication based on love using the Taj Mahal concept as a guide. The idea can be used with local groups, communities, business and individuals. It is a global concept that can be applied locally to make a difference in our ever changing world.  Simply stated it is "softening speech or communication" to work through issues in a loving manner with NO sharp edges.

The structure of the dome is designed as a replica of God’s throne in paradise, where the huge pearl dome stands supported by four corner pillars. The entrance gate of the Taj bears inscription of chapter 89 of the Quran. It is called “Al Fajra” or day break. The entire structure is decorated with designs of flowers. The cenotaphs are adorned with stone inlay called “pietra dura.” There are over 35 different types of precious and semi-precious stone from all over the world that have been used for the inlay work which enhances the message of love. Think about how the work to create this tribute of love took almost twenty-two years to complete. The idea of such a love is hard to process and has not been duplicated in a similar concept anywhere in the world.

Sixty-four gardens of sixteen flowerbeds with 400 plants each line the entry through the Charbagh  garden which is a symbolic representation of “a garden of Paradise.” This beautiful entry frames the most outstanding construction of a building with perfect symmetry in the world.

No trip to India would be complete without having experienced the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Take a journey of the slide show and think about those softened edges on the world’s most renowned building representing love. Think about easy it will be to take this global concept and apply it to local relationships and groups by simply “softening edges” in communication and sharing. Could we be “building relationships” with love and respect when “The Taj Rule™” is applied in our behavior? Simply rounding out the rough sharp edges can make a difference in actions when applying this “glocal rule.”

It has been said that discovering the secrets of the Taj is like discovering the different moods of a woman. The evening sheds a different look with the reflections of the fiery inlayed stones sparkling in the setting sun.

This timeless wonder of the Taj Mahal can now be a practical global concept that can make a difference in local experiences by applying “TheTaj Rule™ “ Building communities and relationships with love and softening the delivery of communication by taking away the “sharp” tones of criticism, judgment and condemnation. I will be listening for the giggles as readers process this concept and then apply it at a meeting. Thinking Global and Acting Local….. going glocal with "The Taj Rule™."

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • April 04 2011 06:00AM


Thank you for continuing to share your journey, your  once in a lifetime, voyage...Semester at Sea. I have just re-blogged so more people can enjoy your gift to us.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Thanks to Margaret I found you.  What a great trip.  How amazing the Taj Mahal is.  Thanks for this post.  Now off to your archives.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 9 years ago

Margaret  ~  I am now in a state of mind to be able to write all the information I have processed.  It really did take awhile to get all the dots connected... so thank you for hanging in there with me as I got it together!  Some fun things, some sad things and some serious things... creating the balance with the world wide messages has been a challenge :) I am ready to rock now!  Thank you Margaret!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Ron ~  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy some of the other posts.... more to come :)


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra-I've been having a great time reading your posts on your trip around the world and your perspective on what you see. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Carra - I caught this on Margaret's reblog. I have now subscribed so I don't miss the next one. Great stuff!

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 9 years ago
Carra, people often complain about the expense of grand buildings but they can serve as tourist attractions for years to come. This is probably one of the best examples. Brian
Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Cindy ~  I am so happy you are enjoying the journey with us!  My dots are starting to connect around the world and it is fun taking these lessons and applying them to our local communities. 

Judy ~  Margaret is so special to share the things I am learning... she is one great woman!  Glad we have connected and I look forward sharing more.

Brian ~ This building is amazing!  I have more of the story coming out later..... One of the Shah's son'sactually had some of his brothers and sisters killed and had is father put in prison so he could take over the kingdom.... it's and interesting story and will be continuted.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

You are only in the one place I eally have left to see in the world.  Now I am really jealous.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

Oh Jane ~  I am so glad you are on the ride with me.... it was an incredible experience and the white marble was amazing... a word to the wise... be sure to hire a guide if you are going through India.... words cannot describe the feelings and senses that are stimulated when going around the towns like Agra, Varanase, Chennai... I have more posts coming from India.... my favorite......"The Cockroach Rule™"  It is too funny... it's about the "after life" you will really like it!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago
Carra, you trip and sharing it with us, is almost as good, except it puts more items in our bucket. I have seen a few things in my life, and they have always brought up some warm fuzzy feelings inside. Seeing something in person makes life great.
Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

It is someplace I hope to see some day, thanks so much for sharing your journey and your thoughts.

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) over 9 years ago
Carra - I loved this post! We do need to round the edges of our daily interaction in both our professional and personal relationships. People are so stressed in today's world--a little love and kindess shared with others is in order.
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Ed~ first and foremost.. love the shirt and congrats!  Fun to put new places on the list... Egypt has been on my list might be awhile :)

Ana ~  You are most welcome.. it really does take your breath away!

Norma ~  I applied the rule today.. and then just giggled as I need to apply the ideas to modify behavior! It's fun if we are all working on it together :)

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago