White, Blue, Red, and Green Tara Mantras – Lyrics, Meaning & Benefits
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White, Yellow, Blue, Red, and Green Tara Mantras – Lyrics, Meaning & Benefits

White, Black, Yellow, Red, and Green Tara Mantras – Lyrics, Meaning, & Benefits

Tara is the Mother of Mercy, Compassion, and Forgiveness, and a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. Tara, which translates as ”planet” or ”star,” is also known as The Mother of All Buddhas and as Dolma – the Mother of Liberation.

She is the female aspect of Avalokitesvara (a Bodhisattva who represents compassion) and it is believed that She comes from his tears which fell to the ground and formed a lake. From this lake rose up a lotus, that, on opening, revealed the Mother of Liberation.

Moreover, She is the female aspect of the universe, the source that gives birth to compassion, warmth, and relief from the effect of negative actions as experienced by living beings in samsara – the neverending cycle of existence. In Hindu tradition, She is the Goddess who encompasses Time and the spark of life.

The Goddess has 21 aspects and 21 colors, each purifying a specific fear, plus, each aspect is representative of a specific quality of the Buddha.

Green Tara (Syamatara)

Description

Her green color symbolizes youthful activity, vigor, deep compassion, and awakened activity. The Goddess is linked with protection from fear and the 8 obscurations:

  • pride (lions);
  • delusion/ignorance (wild elephants);
  • hatred and anger (fires);
  • jealousy (snakes);
  • wrong views, including fanatical views (bandits and thieves);
  • avarice and miserliness (bondage);
  • desire and attachment (floods);
  • deluded doubts (evil spirits and demons).

There are numerous ways in which Syamatara can be represented in a Thangka (Tibetan Buddhist painting) but She usually does not sit in meditative position, instead, Her right leg extends outwards, which represents that She is always prepared to step forward to help us when needed.

Geen Tara mantra – Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha meaning on syllables:

  • Om – is the most profound concepts of universal creation including the three stages of existence. Furthermore, this syllable is considered a beej or seed mantra.
  • Tare – symbolizes the vocative form of the Goddess and the salvation from suffering and day-to-day dangers.
  • Tuttare – frees the practitioner from the 8 fears associated with external dangers.
  • Ture – this syllable rescues the practitioner from the suffering we are inflicted with, and in the same time, it helps us to progress along the spiritual path which will increase our compassion for other living beings.
  • Soha – this Tibetan word is derived from ”Svaha,” the Sanskrit word which translates as ”offering” or ”homage” to the deity you seek blessings.

Translation

“OM! O, Tara! I entreat you, O Tara! O, swift one! Hail!”

Benefits

By daily chanting of this mantra, the sincere practitioner will be able to invoke the blessings of the Goddess and request protection. More importantly, reciting the mantra can dissolve anxiety, fear, illness, suffering, troubles, disasters, sin, and bad karma. According to some practitioners of this sadhana, the Goddess can grant wishes and aspirations, bring happiness and completely purify suffering of all types.

Red Tara (Kurukulla)

Description

Kurukulla, the Buddhist goddess of enchantment and witchcraft, symbolizes overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed or the enlightened activity of power. In addition, She is a Goddess that is usually venerated by lovers who are unhappy in their relationship, because it is considered that Kurukulla is extremely successful in enchanting people.

She is depicted wearing a crown of 5 skulls representing the 5 perfections, whereas She herself represents the 6th perfection, which is wisdom. Moreover, She is portrayed with 4 arms and holds different symbolic items in her hands. For example, in two of Her arms, She holds an arrow, stretched on a flower bow.

Benefits of reciting Red Tara mantra – Om Tare Tam Soha mantra

The practice of this mantra is recommended for individuals in relationship problems with their spouses or for those who have problems finding love. It is considered that saying the mantra ten thousand times, with a correct pronunciation, fulfills one’s wishes and desires. Additionally, the Goddess helps change your auric field, making you more charming and likable, as well as protecting yourself and others from harm and evil.

According to Chagdud Khadro, ”This practice is an open door to ultimate awareness and bliss. Not one of you, not one living being, in fact, would not choose true happiness over suffering, yet no one is completely free of suffering.”

Blue Tara

Description

Blue Tara, also known as Ugra Tara or Ekajati Tara, is a dreadful manifestation of Divine Mother. This is a ferocious aspect which connected with transmutation of anger. According to Namkhai Norbu (a Dzogchen teacher), She is the main guardian of the Dzogchen sacred teachings and the personification of the essential non-dual nature of primordial energy.

Within the Sarma Schools (which include the 3 newer schools of Tibetan Buddhism tradition – Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug), She is the mother of Palden Lhamo (Shri Devi) and has an appearance with three eyes, one face, one braid of hair, and two breasts, plus, She is always in a semi-wrathful visage.

Moreover, the Goddess is considered to be the strongest deity in the Vajrayana tradition, the heart of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Ekajati can be visualized as midnight-blue or deep sapphire-blue color, and Her right eye was cut by Guru Rinpoche so that She could much more efficiently help him defeat asuras.

Blue Tara (Ekajati) mantra lyrics:

”(Om) Bhim Tare Vrim.”

Benefits of reciting this powerful Buddhist mantra

By chanting this mantra, one removes personal obstacles and hindrances on the path to spiritual enlightenment, spreads joy, and dissolves inner fears.

Note – it is a secret mantra and you need to get transmission and empowerment from a qualified spiritual teacher.

White Tara (Sitatara)

Description

She is associated with the Padma family of Buddha Amitabha and She is especially effective in Mahayana Buddhism tradition for healing practice, longevity, and long life. She symbolizes the motherly aspect of compassion and Sitatara is frequently referred to as the Mother of all the Buddhas. In Chinese Buddhism, the Goddess is believed to be an aspect of bodhisattva Kuan Yin.

Sitatara (in Sanskrit, ”Sita” literally translates as ”white” or ”pure”) represents purity but it also symbolizes the fact that the Goddess is the Truth, undifferentiated and complete. Her whiteness is also indicative of the selflessness and purity. White Tara is an emanation of Tara who is related with longevity.

She is commonly depicted with both legs folded under her, and her feet facing upward – in a meditative diamond lotus position. She has 7 eyes, meaning that the Goddess sees all of the sufferings and pleading for guidance and help. It is believed that She can be found in her mantra which helps to transform the mind of the practitioner.

White Tara mantra lyrics:

”Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jñana Pustim Kuru Svaha.”

Cintachakra mantra meaning:

”The liberator of suffering shines light upon me to create an abundance of merit and wisdom for long life and happiness.”

Note – the word ”mama” literally translates as ”mine,” meaning that the practitioner is asking for these qualities for himself, however, it is acknowledged that this Buddhist mantra was frequently recited to pray for others (friends or family) when they were suffering from a physical or mental disorder.

Benefits

Reciting the mantra can be done when there is a lack of prana (life energy) and for strength, health, and long life. Furthermore, it is useful for those who are feeling hopeless, lost, and lonely or if you are dealing with a transition in life.

Yellow Tara (Bhrikuti)

She is the Goddess of abundance and wealth who is acknowledged to have the power to increase and multiply financial wealth. The Goddess is generally depicted either in a sitting or standing pose, with one face, 3 eyes, and three hands holding grain and jewels, and the lower right-hand making the mudra of giving.

Yellow Tara mantra lyrics:

”Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Basu Pushtum Kuru Soha.”

Benefits

She has the capacity to enrich us with wealth and prosperity, increasing all types of abilities, such as – eloquence, abundance, knowledge, prosperity, merit, and intellect. Moreover, the Goddess provides the resources to help other living beings who struggle with poverty.

Other Taras

  • Cittamani Tara is a Buddhist deity of high tantra yoga who is practiced in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Black Tara is a wrathful Goddess who protects from evil.
  • Khadiravani Tara appeared to Nagarjuna (one of the most important Mahayana philosophers) in the Khadiravani forest of South India. She is occasionally referred to as the “22nd Tara,” wears elephant and tiger skins, has three eyes, and appears in a wrathful aspect.

Note

Although these mantras can be recited by anyone, they are more effective when transmitted by a qualified teacher. More importantly, consistency is the key when you are calling upon the Mother of Liberation. Connecting with Her on a daily basis through these mantras will increase the love and compassion you give to other sentient beings, and in turn, bring an abundance of blessings and love into your life.

References

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/

http://www.religionfacts.com/

http://www.indianetzone.com/22/
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