Having commenced the new numerological “9” year cycle with the Ganesha mantra in order to remove lingering outdated energies from the previous cycle; then following this with the liberating Vajriyogini mantra throughout March in order to bring clarity of thought and vision, it is time to sit and allow our energies (and lives) to realign themselves during April’s Monday Night Meditations with the Tara mantra.
Traditionally, a mantra has been described as a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or even a group of words in ancient Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers. A mantra may or may not have syntactic structure or literal meaning.
They come in many forms from single words or sounds such as the familiar Om (or Aum) mantra, through to complex requests and prayers. In more sophisticated forms, mantras are melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action. Other mantras have no literal meaning, yet are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.
Within Buddhism, Tara, whose name means “star” or “she who ferries across”, is a Bodhisattva of compassion who manifests in female form. In Tibetan, Tara is known as “Dölma” (Sgrol-ma), or “She Who Saves”. In particular she represents compassion in action, since she’s in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.
The most striking thing about Tara is also the most obvious: she is female. While there are many female representations of enlightenment, most are relatively obscure and male forms predominate. Tara, however, is very well known and is one of the most popular Buddhist deities in the Mahayana world, outside of the Far East, where Kwan Yin, the female form of Avalokiteshvara, predominates.
To Westerners, having a female form representing compassion may seem natural, but it should be remembered that in traditional Buddhist iconography the male form tends to represent compassion while the female form more often represents wisdom. Tara bucks that trend.
Often referred to as the “grantor of wishes”, Green Tara brings blessings into our lives. She radiates compassion, allowing her to quickly grant wishes and remove obstacles that are in our way. She guides and protects us as we journey though our minds. She aids in healing and transforming, shielding us from fear, anxiety and adversity. The Green Tara is praised for her ability to overcome the most difficult of situations.
Through practicing of the Green Tara mantra we practice unconditional love and compassion, see the beauty in all things, and allow abundant blessings to flow into our lives.
Monday Night Meditations at the Isian Centre of Metaphysics are open to all and commence at 7.30pm at the rear of a private residence in Parafield Gardens (Adelaide), 20 minutes drive north of Adelaide’s CBD and handy to public transport. If you would like to attend, please email Frances prior to 7.00pm for the address.