Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Green Tara

The September devotional service held at The Goddess House will be in honour of the Bodhisattva of compassion and action, the Green Tara, one of some 21 aspects of Tara herself.

Tara is the much-loved Tibetan Buddhist Mother Goddess.  she represents all that is and her energy can permeate all things. Tara is worshiped in both mild and wild forms, and exists in a rainbow of colours based on various attributes.  The Green and White Tara of the Tibetan Tantric tradition are the most popular forms, with Green Tara seen as her fiercer, most dynamic form.


As Green Tara, she is a Goddess of action, great strength and special protective powers who wards off evil and shields you from spiritual harm.  The mythic tale of her origins is that she was born from the tears shed by Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, as a gift to end the suffering of all creation.  The tears trickling down the left side of the Buddha’s face formed the motherly and mature White Tara, and the salty drops on the right birthed the fearless and young Green Tara.

Some believe however that she was a human princess who lives a life of total service, compassion and the highest spiritual aspiration, dedicated to serving the Buddhist Monks.  Because of her path, she earned the right to be reborn in male form and teach the ways of the Buddha.  She decided to remain in female form.

She is an extremely powerful Deity when it comes to handling bad news and high stress situations that may involve perceived danger or threat to your physical or emotional well-being.  She is the all-embracing, all-knowing mother savour who takes us in her arms at our hour of greatest need and fees our souls with manna (energy) to help us cope, and get through the physical and emotional reality of a crisis.  She represents the ultimate protection and grace of the cosmic mother into whose spiritual arms you can run and rest.

The mantra for the Green Tara is - Om Tara Tu Tara Ture Soha

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Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.


You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.