Green Tara

TARA

 

She is radiantly beautiful, and sits in a posture of royal ease upon a lotus. Her left hand holds an utpala flower, and with her right hand she offers healing elixir.

She was born from the teardrop of Avalokateshvara, the Great Lord of Compassion, when he gazed out upon the infinity of living beings and saw that they were suffering. He felt their pain, grief, fear, and loss, and tears welled up in his eyes. Instantly, Tara manifested, and without hesitation she brought enlightened action into the world.

 

On the occasion of taking her formal Oaths to benefit beings, she also vowed to always incarnate in a female form. Therefore she represents the feminine principles of enlightened mind

 

In vajra buddhism Tara takes the colors of each of the five Buddha families - red, green, white, yellow, or blue - but in Tibet Green Tara is especially loved, and there her name is Dolma. She watches over the countryside; maintains the proper growth of crops, and insures the nutritive properties of food; mitigates natural disasters - avalanche, flood, drought, fire, and storm; and she promotes health, comfort, and peace for humans, animals, and spirits. Annual events, especially in early spring, celebrate Green Tara. Her picture is displayed in virtually every home and shrine.

Tara's renown for easing suffering, even in the depths of despair, have made her known as the Patroness of Hopeless Causes, of the condemned, of the refugee, the destitute, and the dying.

 

For the spiritual practitioner who appeals to Green Tara with great respect, she will strengthen diligence and help one persevere in The Great Task. As a result of progress expedited in this way, the practitioner will soon notice improved judgment and a definite decrease in personal errors of action. The mantra of Green Tara is:

 

OM TARE TARE TUTARE SO HA!

 

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