Saturday, March 23, 2019

The second emanation of Tara is named Loter Yangchenma

Loter means “knowledge giver” and Yangchenma means “melodious, one who possesses melodies” or “source of melodies”.  So she is called Drolma Loter Yangchenma: Melodious Liberator, Source of Wisdom. In Sanskrit she is called both Sarasvati and Vajrasarasvati.
om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Oṃ, Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal tönké dawa küntu
Homage to you whose countenance
gangwa gya ni tsekpé shyalma
Resembles a hundred full autumnal moons,
karma tongtrak tsokpa nam kyi
Smiling and glowing with brilliant light,
rabtu chewé ö rab barma
Like the radiance of a thousand stars.

The “Lady with a shining face like an array of hundred autumn full moons,” means her face is a hundred times fairer and more beautiful than the moon. 
Her right hand holds a mirror, which is like a full moon engraved with an HRI syllable. 
The “perfect spacious constellation of a thousand stars,” refers to the field of her wisdom, which is abundantly spacious, and vast, like the countless, resplendent rays of the full moon. 

This light clears the darkness of the ignorance of practitioners, which is the cause of dullness, disease and possession by evils. 
It opens the door to the treasury of knowledge by illuminating the light of the four specific perfect understandings. 

These are the perfect understanding of the Dharma (teachings) the perfect understanding of the definitive meaning, perfect confidence (in the doctrine) and the perfect knowledge of the Victorious Ones, (brilliance). 
According to a tantra, the inner meaning is “to serve the mother of the sphere” which means emptiness or the nature of mind. 

In order to look at our innate self, the face of the ultimate Vajravarahi, we must accumulate merit and purify our mind-streams, so that they are like an “array of a hundred pure white moons.” 
Because of these practices, the door to her blessing will be opened by our true inclination. In that way, we can see ultimate luminosity and ignite our dynamic wisdom.

She has one face, two arms and two legs. 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 an utpala flower blooming at her ear. 
On its pistil is a clear ritual mirror (melong) marked with the syllable HRIM, radiating light. She opens the treasure of wisdom, the blazing display of supreme knowledge of all the Victorious Ones and their sons. 

This wisdom of the four analytical knowledges instantly and completely dispels the darkness of stupidity and ignorance of all sentient beings. Thus, meditate on Vajra Sarasvati and recite the mantra.

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