Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The calling of Green Tara

The Symbolism of Green Tara
Green Tara is seated upon a lotus arising from
the waters of a lake, just as Tara is said to have arisen from the compassionate
tears of Avalokiteshvara.

Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme generosity
indicating her ability to provide beings with whatever they desire.

Her left hand at her heart is in the mudra of bestowing refuge: her thumb and ring finger are pressed together to symbolise the united practice of method and wisdom, and the three remaining fingers are raised to symbolise the Three Jewels of Refuge -
Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

In each hand she holds the stem of a blue utpala flower. Each flower consists of three blossoms indicating that Tara, the embodiment of enlightened activities, is the Mother of the Buddhas of the past, present and future. Tara is dressed in the silken robes of royalty. She wears rainbow colored stockings, a white half-blouse and various jeweled ornaments. These symbolise her mastery of the perfections of generosity, morality and so forth. The tiara fastened in her black hair is adorned with jewels, the central one is a red ruby symbolic of Amitabha, her spiritual father and the head of her Buddha family. She is seated in a distinctive posture, her left leg withdrawn to symbolise her renunciation of worldly passion and her right leg extended to show that she is always ready to arise and come to the aid of those who need her help. With a warm compassionate gaze she looks down upon each sentient being as a mother regards her only child. Her emerald-green color -- related to the wind element and hence to movement -- signifies her ability to act swiftly and without delay to bring benefits to sentient beings.
From the teachings of Ven Lama Thubten Yeshe:

Tara is known as the "Mother of all Buddhas." This is because she is the wisdom of reality, and all Buddhas and bodhisattvas are born from this wisdom. This wisdom is also the fundamental cause of happiness, and our own spiritual growth comes from this wisdom. That is why Tara is called the Mother. And Mother Tara has much wisdom to manifest many aspects, sometimes peaceful, sometimes wrathful, in different colours -- all to help sentient beings.
OM represents Tara's holy body, speech and mind.
TARE means liberating from true suffering, the sufferings of samsara, our aggregates being under the control of delusion and karma.
TUTTARE means liberating from the 8 fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions, and also karma.
TURE means liberating from the ignorance of the absolute nature of the I; it shows the true cessation of suffering.
SOHA means "may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind."
Recite as many mantras as you wish. At the end, pray to Tara to help you develop bodhicitta -- your practice of ethics, and your development of bodhicitta are what please Tara the most. This is the best offering you can make to Tara, and will bring you closer to her. Then, Tara dissolves into light, which dissolves through your forehead (or crown) and into your heart. Feel "My body, speech and mind are now blessed to become Tara's body, speech and mind." Then dedicate the merit that you will become Enlightened -- like Tara -- in order to be able to help all sentient beings.

Have you ever had your prayers answered in your lifetime?
I had mine today.....

It is the most strangest incident. Two days ago I started chanting on a new Mantra which is the Green Tara Mantra "OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA" and after meditating with the mantra for a mere few minutes, bright lights appear and I felt a the holy presence of the mantra. Believe it or not, tears were flowing freely down my cheek. I was not weeping neither were there any sad dramas in my mind that causes the tears. It was just a fulfilling feel that causes tears to form naturally in my eyes. My mom were there to witnessed the scene.

For days I was trying to understand what had happened but there were no answers. I even tried to search for some answers on the Internet. Maybe I wasn't sure what I was searching for.

More strange indicidents happened after which leads to me to a lunch with the honorable Tibetan Ven Ashak Thutob Tulku Rinpoche and finally I found some answers. It was only fate that brought me to meet -up with the Holy Rinpoche as he was supposed to be in Singapore but forced to stayed back for some unforeseen circumstances.

He told me it was my affinity with Tara that had brought me to him and it was also my affinity with Tara that causes the tears. As Tara is from the tears of Buddha; tears of compassion; and it very rare that people have that kind of compassion. He even did a transfer of the mantra to me and my family and advices me to continue in search of enlightement with the Tara Mantra. Soon, he mentioned, I will certainly find some answers within. I am still not sure what he meant but I will certainly proceed with what he adviced me to do.

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