Green Tara meaning:
Known as the Dolma, The Mother of All Buddhas and also the Mother of Liberation, Goddess Tara is a female Bodhisattva and is usually depicted as a female Buddha, in a few aspects of Buddhism.
Within Tibetan Buddhism, Mother Tara is also regarded as a Bodhisattva of action and compassion. She is the female aspect of Avalokitesvara (a Bodhisattva, also known as Chenrezig, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas) and in some origin tales Tara comes from Avalokitesvara’s tears:
„Then at last Avalokiteshvara appeared at the summit of Marpori, the ‘Red Hill’, in Lhasa – Tibet. Gazing out, he recognized that the lake on Otang, the ‘Plain of Milk’, reproduced the Hell of Ceaseless Torment.
Countless number of living beings were experiencing the agonies of boiling, hunger, burning, thirst, yet they never perished, but let forth hideous cries of anguish all the while. Immediately upon Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara saw this, tears sprang to his eyes.
A teardrop from his right eye fell to the plain and turn into the reverend Bhrikuti, who pronounced: “Son of your race! As you are striving for the sake of sentient beings in the Land of Snows, intervene in their suffering, and I shall be your companion in this endeavor!”
Bhrikuti was then reabsorbed into Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s right eye, and was reincarnated in a later life as the Nepalese princess Tritsun. A teardrop from his left eye drop upon the plain and became the reverend, Goddess Tara.
Mother Tara also declared, „Son of your race! While you are striving for the well-being of sentient beings in the Land of Snows, intercede in their suffering, and I shall be your companion in this endeavor!” Goddess Tara was reabsorbed into Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s left eye, and was incarnated in a later life as the Chinese princess Kongjo”.
Goddess Tara is also recognized as a saviouress, as a heavenly deity who listens the cries of beings experiencing misery in samsara (which is the endless repeating cycle of birth, life, and death).
There are several forms of Goddess Tara, including the following:
- Green Tara (acknowledged for being the Buddha of enlightened activities);
- Black Tara, associated with power;
- Yellow Tara, (Bhrikuti) associated with wealth, abundance, and prosperity;
- White Tara (known for healing, long life, serenity, peace, and compassion);
- Red Tara (acknowledged for being a potent magnet for all things positive);
- Blue Tara, associated with transmutation of anger and negative emotions.
All of Goddess Tara’s 21 forms are all representative of distinctive qualities and characteristics. The ancient Tara mantra identifies to all forms of Tara but is particularly relevant to her Green Tara manifestation.
Green Tara mantra meaning:
- Om – while some scholars say that Om (or Aum) has no actual conceptual meaning, it can likewise be reflective of an awareness of the surrounding universe. Moreover, bija mantra Om is utilized at the start of many mantras.
- Tare – means salvation from suffering and other forms of everyday dangers. Goddess Tara is usually described as being one who can alleviate suffering from accidents, natural disasters, and crime.
- Tuttare is representative of the delivered down the right spiritual path and the need for complete protection from dangers to the spirit. Delusion, greed, and hatred are the 3 primary spiritual dangers that are responsible for suffering in us all, sentient beings.
- Ture – this powerful syllable is representative of the deliverance to the true spiritual path of a Bodhisattva. With this syllable, Goddess Tara is said to totally liberate us from the suffering we are inflicted with while helping us to progress on the spiritual path that will allow us to have compassion for other sentient beings.
- Soha, the last syllable of the mantra, is said to be representative of „allow the meaning of this healing mantra to flourish in my mind.”
Om tare tuttare ture soha mantra translation:
”I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones.”
This healing mantra has less explicit meaning like you may find in prayers said in other religious followings, but is more a sincere invocation of all that Goddess Tara is representative of.
In Tibetan Buddhism tradition, females are often representative of wisdom and knowledge, more than compassion; however, Mother Tara is one of the rare exceptions where compassion is more of a preeminent trait. This Buddhist healing mantra entreats to the compassion and the guidance that Green Tara Mother can offer to her devotees.
Chanting Green Tara mantra benefits:
The mantra can be recited to remove obstacles (mental, energetical or karmic), worries, negative emotions, fears, negative karma, and sin. ore importantly, practicing this mantra daily 108 times with a sincere heart can also bring blessings, knowledge, bliss, long life, wisdom, prosperity, spiritual awakening, happiness, peace, and transcendence.
Turn to Mother Tara when you feel a need of emotional comfort, when you want some project to succeed or when you feel depressed. This amazing mantra will definely lift your spirits instantly.
In addition, chanting Tara mantra will fill you with spiritual well-being, raise your level of consciousness and begin to open your heart (anahata) chakra, which is the starting point of conscious spiritual progress.
Chant one mala (108 repetitions) of this mantra each morning and each night with a focused mind.