Tara Mantra

There are many videos on Tara Mantra on Youtube, but this one stands out for its very beautiful music setting. You see a girl sitting and meditating. On top of her head is Master Tsongkhapa. Deep in his heart is the Bodhisattva Tara, and deep inside her breast is the letter TAM, her seed syllable, surrounding by the ten syllables of her mantra – Om Tara Tuttare Ture Svaha. This the standard method of meditating on Tara. The idea is to visualize that one ultimately is identified with the Bodhisattva herself. What this means is that one accepts all the qualities of Tara into oneself, so that there is no distinction whatsoever between oneself and Tara. Or to put it another way, one does actually become Tara in one’s meditation. This does not mean that one is having an illusion or is becoming crazy, like a patient who thinks that he is Napoleon; but it means that the aim of the meditation is to acquaint the mind with Tara herself. To become one with Tara means that one is losing oneself —  one is letting go of one’s own ego and one’s own personality, and merges into something much larger. It is pure spirituality. After identifying oneself with Tara, it is necessary that the practitioner ends the session with the ‘dissolution’ or ‘completion’ stage, where one visualizes that Tara dissolves back into her seed syllable, and finally into empty space, and then one remains within the meditation in emptiness — no thought, no fabrication. The two stages of the meditation — the visualization and the completion stage — always complement each other and the meditation will not be complete without both of them.

 

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Praise of the Twenty-One Taras

It is quite well known that the Bodhisattva Tara has twenty-one emanations so that she could help sentient beings in every which way possible. The praise of Twenty-One Taras is one of the most widely chanted and universally loved by Tibetan Buddhists. The first video here presents translated texts of the Praise, accompanied by beautiful pictures and music:

Here is another praise, very beautifully chanted. The words you see in the pictures are those of the Praise to Twenty-One Tara while the words chanted — Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha — is Tara’s seed mantra:

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

Green Tara

Here is a very beautiful and moving video on the Mantra of Bodhisattva Tara – “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha” (or “Soha” in Tibetan pronunciation). The basic color of Tara is green, as Green Tara is the original form of the Bodhisattva, who has a large number of emanations in different shapes, colors and forms to serve the needs of sentient beings in various ways, and the maker of the video aptly put green as the predominant theme color, as well as lush forests, which are the abode of Green Tara. And the music accompanying the Mantra is very, very beautiful, as if the composer is inspired by Tara herself! May all who watch this video be blessed and protected by Tara!