Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The fourth emanation of Tara, Tsugtor Namgyalma (Ushnishavijaya)

The Noble Tara Tsugtor Namgyalma (Ushnishavijaya), Victorious One of Ushnisha Who Accomplished Immortality

“Tsugtor” means the topknot upon the crown chakra of a Buddha; this is one of the thirty-two marks of a fully enlightened being. “Namgyalma” means “victorious one”. Roughly translated, her names mean “victorious one of the top knot”. 
This particular Tara is renowned as the Tara of long life, with the ability to strengthen the life force, life energy, and vitality of all sentient beings. 
She is also protecting beings from taking rebirth in unfavorable situations or lower realms.
om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Oṃ, Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal deshyin shekpé tsuktor
Homage to you, whose victorious acts are boundless,8
tayé nampar gyalwa chöma
Jewel on the great Tathāgata’s crown.
malü parol chinpa tobpé
You who are served by all bodhisattvas,
gyalwé sé kyi shintu tenma
Those who’ve accomplished all perfections.
The praise to Namgyalma, the “Victorious Lady”, the “One Who Has Accomplished Immortality.” The “Wisdom Goddess” of wisdom mantra, who emanates from the crowns of the Tathagatas enjoys total victory over the boundless disruptive forces. 
Her complexion is golden, and she holds a vase of longevity. Bodhisattvas who have achieved the ten bhumis, the essence of the ten transcendent perfections, without exception, rely on her guidance as their spiritual mother. 
She enriches practitioners by dissolving the fourteen subtle essences of the animate, inanimate, and other subtle essences of samsara and nirvana. In reality, she has achieved the sacred, unchanging body of eternity through the intention of Atiyoga, the crown of nine yanas.

On a throne of a lotus and moon appears Tsugtor Namgyalma. She is golden, with one face and two arms. She sits in the dismounting posture. 
Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme charity. Her left hand, in the Three Jewels mudra, holds a blue utpala flower, which opens at her ear. On its pistil is a vase of immortality, radiating light in ten directions. It collects all essences of samsara and nirvana, which become nectar filling the vase. 

Meditate that it dissolves into you and the others, granting the siddhi of immortal life, and recite the mantra.

Cultivate Generous Thought and practice giving gifts to the Sanghas.

The Buddha once explained that it is a meritorious act even to throw away the water after washing one's plate with the generous thought:...