She from Whom All Others Emanate
Protection against Lion (Pride)
Protection against Elephant (Delusion)
Protection against Carnivour
Protection against Earthly Disaster
Protection against Evil Spirits (Doubt)
She of increasing Activities
Protection against Thief (Wrong Views)
Protection against Untimely Death
Protection against Drowning (Avarice)
Protection against War
Protection against Famine
Protection against Fire (Anger)
Protection against Drowning (Attachment)
Protection of Indestructibility
Protection Against Politics
Protection Against Sickness
Protection Against Snakes (Envy)
Protection Against Weapons
Protection Against Wind Disasters
She of increasing Power
OM TA-RE TU-TA-RE TU-RE SO-HA
(Tara's Mantra) - IloveUlove.com
There is so much
information on Tara that it is difficult to condense it into a single,
short research paper. Tara is still worshipped today and there are
many, many apparently conflicting sources of information on her. These
exist because she is a living Goddess. There are many groups that each
have their own beliefs and views of her. There are also many Goddesses
throughout history and today that are related to her in some profound
way. Part I of my research on Tara will consist of some basic
background information and a few tales of how she came into being as a
Buddhist Goddess. Part II and III wil give more information on Tara,
the Buddhist Goddess, and Tara, the Hindu diety.
The Goddess Tara has had many incarations now and far into the past. Her name is linked to many other Goddesses from around the world. She was the Star Woman of the Cherokees - Tara means Star in Sanskrit. She became the Earth to feed her people. She was the Goddess of the Druids. The great hill of the Druids, Tara, bears her name. Her name is linked to the Tar, a group of Goddess women of ancient Finland who were wise and powerful. She was worshipped by ancient Hindus as an aspect of Kali. She is living Goddess today to the Hindus of the Tantric tradition. She is one of the 10 Mahavidyas or Mothers, manifestations of the Devi. She is the most beloved diety of the Tibetan Buddhists. She is very similar to Kuan Yin of the Chinese Buddhist tradition - she is a Goddess of Compassion. She is also similar to Pavarti of today, with her many different forms, both friendly & fearsome. Kali is considered to be an aspect of Parvati. There is a form of the Goddess Tara in every culture. It is believed that she will assume as many forms on Earth as needed by the people. In all aspects, she loves and helps the people of the Earth in every way she can.
Following are several very beautiful stories concerning the origin of the Buddhist Tara. Please note that these legends are copied directly from the sources noted below each section, as they are so beautiful as to require no changes.
There is a short definitions page included that define some of the Buddhist terms mentioned in the stories.
After much discourse, she replied, "In this life there is no such distinction as 'male' and 'female', neither of 'self-identity', 'person' nor any perception of such, and so attachment to 'male' and 'female' is quite worthless. . . . Therefore may I, in a female form, work for the welfare of beings right until Samsara has emptied.". . . Then the Tathagata Dundubhishvara prophesied, "As long as you can possibly continue to manifest such supreme bodhi, you will be exclusively known as Goddess Tara."
The Origin of the
Theosophy Library Online
... Chapter III,
The homage is made to Tara, who was born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, embodiment of the mercy of all Buddhas, a protector of all beings in the realms of desire, form and formlessness who arise as an 'I' based upon samsaric aggregates.
It is said that once the Bodhisattva of Compassion became dismayed on seeing that, even though he had striven with all his might to free the sentient beings from samsara, the number of the beings suffering in samsara was not significantly decreasing. He burst into tears and from the pool that formed from the water issuing from the lotus eyes of the Compassionate Bodhisattva there sprung forth a lotus. From the lotus appeared Arya Tara, whose exquisite face embodies the delicacy of a million lotus blossoms.
Thus the compassion
of all Buddhas emanated as a fountain of enlightened energy, Arya Tara,
divinity of mystical activity who turned to the Bodhisattva of
Compassion and said "O noble one, I offer myself in the service of
freeing countless sentient beings from the cyclic existence as quickly
as possible. Shed no more tears. We shall work together to turn the
battle against samsara".
IloveUlove.com, Praises in Reference to Legend - Tara the Heroine
Both princesses brought Buddha figures with them to Songtsen Gampo’s court. The Chinese princess Wen-che’ng, a niece of the T’ang emperor, had a gilt figure of Shakyamuni Buddha with her. This jobo was installed in the Jo-khang Temple, Lhasa’s most important shrine.
The princesses practiced Buddhism by doing good deeds. Their ensuing popularity and the fact that both remained childless - therefore pure, contributed to their later being identified with the White and Green Taras. Songtsen Gampo himself was said to be an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara.
Star, One who
Saves, The Protectress, Mother Earth, She who brings forth Life
The Lotus in different aspects is a great spiritual symbol all by itself, as well as a symbol of Tara. She is often pictured in her many aspects both sitting on a lotus and holding one. The lotus is a beautiful water lily that rises from the mud to bloom, making it a symbol of both purity & resurrection. Tara rose from the lake of tears in the same way
| Tara Mandala:
The 7 all-seeing eyes, The Star, The Tara Brooch Celtic knot
The Crescent Moon, The Blue Lotus, The Full Moon, The Colors of Tara
Original art by Holly
I bow to the Body of Tara, who saves from the eight fears.
I bow to the Body of Tara, of infinite fame.
I bow to the Body of Tara, the world's benefactor.
I bow to the Body of Tara, sure curer of sorrow.
I bow to the Body of Tara, of a thousand hands and eyes.
I bow to the Body of Tara, infinite as space.
I bow to the Body of Tara, adorned with the Marks and the Signs.
I bow to the Body of Tara, whose limbs are like the moon.
I bow to the Body of Tara, who is as bright as the sun.
I bow to the Body of Tara, unchanging in the three times.
I bow to the Body of Tara, supporting like earth.
I bow to the Body of Tara, cohering like water.
I bow to the Body of Tara, ripening like fire.
I bow to the Body of Tara, expanding like air.
I bow to the Body of Tara, who is the Sovereign of Doctors.
I bow to the Body of Tara, subduing disease like medicine.
I bow to the Body of Tara, the river of compassion.
I bow to the Body of Tara, skilled in means like taming.
I bow to the Body of Tara, lovely yet free of desire
I bow to the Body of Tara, who teaches the Way of Freedom.
"Goddess Days" by
Nancey Blair, pp 132, 292
Fair Winds Press
365 Goddess, March 3
New York, NY
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