Goddess Tara

Goddess of Compassion - One Who Saves

Diamonds are Her sacred stone.

She vowed to incarnate only as a female.

Tara governs the Underworld, the Earth and the Heavens, birth, death and regeneration, love and war, the seasons, all that lives and grows, the Moon cycles - Luna - feminine - creation.

Typically Tara is seen as a slender and beautiful woman of white complexion, long golden hair and blue eyes.

Her animals are the sow, mare, owl and raven.

She is the most popular figure in the Tibetan pantheon of deities, the beautiful goddess Tara, (pronounced tah' rah) whose name in means 'Star' - originated in Indian Hinduism as the Mother Creator, and her many representations spread from Ireland to Indonesia under many different names.

In later Hindu scriptures, she is depicted as one of the eight major aspects of the Divine Feminine Principle, a loving manifestation in contrast to the fiercesome Kali. Like a star that perpetually consumes its own energy, Tara represents the never-ending desires that fuel all life.

Adopted by Buddhism from Hinduism by the 3rd century B.C. , Tara appears in Buddhism, Jainism, and particularly, Tibetan Lamaism, as a complex array of manifestations: goddess of ascetism and mysticism, mother creator, protectress of all humans as they cross the sea of life.

Green Tara is Her Nature-related aspect. As Mahatara, Great Tara, she is the supreme creatrix and mother of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As Green Tara, she is the consort of the Dhyani Buddha Amogasiddhi, and is incarnated in all good women.

As White Tara, she rose from a lotus blooming in the lake that formed from the first tear of compassion of great bodhisattva Avalokiteswara (whose human incarnation is the Dalai Lama), and is considered his consort.

It is important to remember that in Buddhism, the male energy is potential only - latent and inactive.

It is the female energy that activates this potential into movement and creativity. Hence, Tara is the energizer of Avalokiteswara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

Offered incarnation as a male, Tara refused, choosing to be ever incarnated as a female. Tara is called upon in times of need to provide protection, and to help steer a clear path through the dangers of ego and attachment.

Sculptural evidence discovered in prehistoric caves of 30,000 years ago finds the worship of Tara to be ancient.

The original bronze statue dating back to the 7th or 8th century A.D was found in the north-east of Lanka between Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Its total height is 143.75 cm or 56.6 inches.

Her right hand is in the gesture of vara mudra and her left hand is in the gesture of vitarka mudra. The marked contrast of the slender waist against heavy breasts and hips is the ideal of feminine beauty. The goddess, dignified and graceful in this manifestation, represents the chastity and virtue and the embodiment of love, compassion, and mercy.

The vibrations of the name 'Tara can is found in other cultures.

In the Latin we find Terra, Mother Earth.

The Druids called their mother goddess Tara.

An ancient saga of Finland said to be 5 million years old speaks of Tar, Women of Wisdom.

An ancient tribe of indigenous peoples in the South American jungles call to their goddess, Tarahumara.

The Cheyenne people tell of a Star Woman who fell from the heavens to the Earth. Out of her body all essential food grew. She sent her people to mate with the more primitive inhabitants of Earth, thereby giving them the capacity for wisdom.

This legend is echoed in the more modern research of Zecharia Sitchen who tells of IshTar who came to Earth from another planetary system and instructed her people to intermarry with Earthlings, making them capable of many things. [This takes us back to creational tales linked Sumer - Nibiru - Sirius - Dogons, etc.]

To the Tibetans, even higher than a god or goddess is a Buddha, a being who has gone beyond the rounds of birth and death. Such an enlightened one has attained the highest wisdom, compassion and capability.

Buddhas integrate all aspects and possibilities. They are one with all that exists. They can manifest bodies of light and radiance and they can emanate bodies of form into the world in order to bring benefit to this world of challenges and confusion.

Tara is known to the Tibetans as The Faithful One, The Fierce Protectress and to this day there are stories carried out of Tibet by refugees fleeing from the horrors of Chinese occupation that tell of her intervention and assistance in their lives.

In the system of mind training practices offered by the great masters of Tibetan wisdom, Tara is an archetype of our own inner wisdom. They speak of a transformation of consciousness, a journey to freedom. They teach many simple and direct means for each person to discover within themselves the wisdom, compassion and glory that is Tara.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica . . .

Tara - Tibetan Sgrol-ma, Buddhist saviour-goddess with numerous forms, widely popular in Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia.

She is the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva - Buddha-to-be - Avalokitesvara.

According to popular belief, she came into existence from a tear of Avalokitesvara, which fell to the ground and formed a lake.

Out of its waters rose up a lotus, which, on opening, revealed the goddess. Like Avalokitesvara, she is a compassionate, succouring deity who helps men cross to the other shore.She is the protectress of navigation and earthly travel, as well as of spiritual travel along the path to Enlightenment.

In Tibet she is believed to be incarnate in every pious woman, and the two wives - a Chinese princess and a Nepali princess - of the first Buddhist king of Tibet, Srong-brtsan-sgam-po, were identified with the two major forms of Tara. The White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) was incarnated as the Chinese princess.

She symbolizes purity and is often represented standing at the right hand of her consort, Avalokitesvara, or seated with legs crossed, holding a full-blown lotus. She is generally shown with a third eye.

Tara is sometimes shown with eyes on the soles of her feet and the palms of her hands. Then she is called Tara of the Seven Eyes, a form of the goddess popular in Mongoli).

The Green Tara (Sanskrit: Syamatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-ljang) was believed to be incarnated as the Nepali princess.

She is considered by some to be the original Tara and is the female consort or sexual partner of Avalokitesvara.

She is generally shown seated on a lotus throne with right leg hanging down, wearing the ornaments of a bodhisattva and holding the closed blue lotus (utpala).

The white and green Taras, with their contrasting symbols of the full-blown and closed lotus, are said to symbolize between them the unending compassion of the deity who labors both day and night to relieve suffering.

Under the influence of Tibetan Lamaism the different forms of Tara multiplied to a traditional 108.

Tibetan temple banners frequently show 21 different Taras, colored white, red, and yellow, grouped around a central green Tara.

The figure of the 'self-born' Buddha, Amitabha, is often shown in her headdress, as she, like Avalokitesvara, is considered to be an emanation of Amitabha.

In her ferocious, blue form, invoked to destroy enemies, she is known as Ugra-Tara, or Ekajata; as a red goddess of love, Kurukulla; and as a protectress against snake bite,Janguli.

The yellow Bhrkuti is an angry Tara, with frowning brows.

Perhaps it is time for you to connect to the goddess energies within your soul.

When you have time - relax - get comfortable - clear your thoughts - close your eyes - listen to music or be in a quiet space.

Take two long deep breaths - breathing in through your mouth - hold the breath as is comfortable - then slowly breathe out through your mouth.

In your mind ask to connect with goddess energies connected to your soul.

You may see nothing - just experiencing colors or perhaps tones.

Remember that not every aspect of your soul can be defined in physical form.

Perhaps you will receive an important message today from that part of you. . . .


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