Green Tara Mantra ~ The Healing Sphere
Thursday, 8 August 2013

Green Tara Mantra

The Green Tara Mantra is commonly used to summon the energies of the Bhodisatva Tara. As I have explained previously she is one of 21 emanations each endowed with specific talents for healing and developing your being towards enlightened activities.  Tara is said to be so compassionate that by reliance on this Bhodisatva alone will help to rescue you from suffering and transfer you to an enlightened state. You can call on Green Tara by chanting the following Green Tara Mantra,


The Symbolism of Green Tara

In common Imagery Green Tara can be seen 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 can be seen 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 symbolize the united practice of method and wisdom, and the three remaining fingers are raised to symbolize 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 symbolize 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She is seated in a distinctive posture, her left leg withdrawn to symbolize her renunciation of worldly passion and her right leg extended to show that she is always ready to arise and come to the aid of those who need her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 colors—all to help sentient beings.
Green Tara Heart Exercise
Breathe deeply into your heart. Focus on the flower (lotus) that is imprinted within your heart. It is not necessarily a lotus in all of you. Each person has a different flower vibration, but underlying is the vibration of the lotus, or the potential for enlightenment. Don’t be alarmed if you see a daffodil or a tulip!
Now breathe into your heart and find your particular flower image. If you do not see it clearly, you might feel it or have a sense of it. It is important that you connect with the flower image, because it helps you love the parts of yourself that you have pushed away.
Breathe in three times, and take a moment to let the flower image come into your vision. Focus on your vision, the color, and even open your senses to draw in the fragrance. Carry the flower in your heart as a gift from the Divine Mother. It brings healing, particularly healing of the feminine aspect. (This is for those of you who are in the male-gender bodies as well.)
Allow the flower to receive the parts of self that have been hiding from the light of love. Bring those parts of yourself that are tired and in need of help to sit in the petals of the flower. Rest in this image for as long as needed.

If you wish to find out more about Tara's Sister being White Tara please read on.
Rob Lightbearer