Saturday, March 30, 2019

The sixth emanation of Tara, Jigjed Chenmo

Noble Lady Tara Jigjed Chenmo, Great Terrifying Lady, who Completely Destroys Negative Forces.
The name Jigjed Chenmo, Jigjed means “fierce, frightening” and Chenmo means “Great One”, so this Tara is great, fierce Tara. 
She is renowned for protecting against any negative force we feel is disturbing us, whether it is due to invisible beings and negativities or visible obstacles.
om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Oṃ, Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal gyajin melha tsangpa
Homage to you, praised by Indra,
lunglha natsok wangchuk chöma
Agni, Brahmā, Maruts,12 and Śiva.
jungpo rolang driza nam dang
All the bhūtas, vetālas, gandharvas,
nöjin tsok kyi dün né töma
Gaṇas and yakṣas pay tribute to you.

The sixth homage is to Jigyed Chenmo, the dark red “Great Terrifying Lady”, who holds a phurba sparkling with HUNG syllables that destroy all evils. 
Indra, the king of gods; Agni, the sage; Brahma, the creator; Vayudeva, the wind god; the great Ishvara and all the great ones of the world, and the main guardians of the directions worship her. 

In front of her kneel a host of evil spirits who harm beings by their misguidance. There are spirits who cause insanity and memory loss, and spirits who turn corpses into zombies. There are gandharvas of the bardo and the realm of Yama; yakshas like Semo, who deceive by seducing; king spirits who makes beings crazy and angry; and pishaca demons that eat flesh. All these evildoers await her orders with humility and respect. 

Homage is paid to Tara who crushes the heads of those difficult to tame, and makes them faint into the state of dharmadhatu. The inner meaning of this is that Indra and the other gods are the personification of five elements, and the spirits are the personification of the five aggregates. Their reverence symbolizes the purity of the elements and aggregates, which are the base of the male and female Buddhas. 
On a throne of a lotus and moon appears dark-red Jigjed Chenmo 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 an utpala flower blooming at her ear. 
On its pistil is an indestructible phurba, surrounded by blazing lassoes of flames and sparks. This turbulent fire and its natural sound, HUM, split the heads of demons and obstructing spirits who cause delusion, insani- ty and loss of memory. They become unconscious in the state of dharmata, never to rise again. 

Meditate on this and recite the mantra.

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