One of my favourite yoga songs is Om Tare by Sacred Earth. I thought I would find out what it means and loved
what I learnt.
It can be heard as we move and flow in my Heart Flow and Moon Flow Class
OM TARE TU TARE SOHA
It is the mantra for Green Tara the most famous female Tibetan Buddha
In paintings she stretches out her right foot to step
down and help any one who calls out to her or recites her Mantra.
She is seen as one of the first emancipated women.
story goes that she was a devoted girl who prayed for hours and made many offerings to Buddha. But when her other male practitioners noticed her capacity they told her this was all useless unless she would pray for the next incarnation in a male body as this
was the only way to become enlightened.
Green Tara had a deep insight that female and male were only labels and vowed to work for the benefit of all in a women’s body.
Green Tara protects humans from the eight inner fears which are pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong view, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts.
I am not a Buddhist but I love the thought of listening, singing and sometimes practicing yoga to her mantra knowing what it means.
Imagining her will help me to
become more aware of my negative emotions and thought patterns and find happiness and peace. I am not alone...if I need help I can call on my inner self or my heart in the form of Green Tara. You might prefer to call on God, Allah, The Earth.
It sure feels nice to have her image and teachings in my mind.