Monday, March 25, 2019

The third emanation of Tara is Noble Lady Tara Sermo Sonam Tobched.

The third Tara is called Tara Sonam Tobched. Sonam means, “merit”. It is also often translated as “good fortune, prosperity” or even “luck”. Tob means “power, ability”, and Ched means “increasing”. Roughly translated, “liberator, increasing the power of prosperity and ability of merit” is the word meaning of this Tara’s name. Other very popular names for her are Vasudhari in Sanskrit and Norjunma in Tibetan. 

The effect of practicing on this Tara of prosperity is not just that we will acquire external or material wealth, but also that we will develop inner or spiritual wealth. 
By practicing on Tara Sonam Tobche, we can develop both forms of wealth.

om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Oṃ, Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal ser ngo chu né kyé kyi
Homage to you, graced with lotus-like hands,
pemé chak ni nampar gyenma
And a water-born flower5 blue-gold in hue,6
jinpa tsöndrü katub shyiwa
You who show generosity, diligence, strength,7
zöpa samten chöyul nyima
Patience, serenity and meditation.
She is beautiful; her skin is the color of pure gold glittering in the early morning sun. Her left hand is adorned with a blue lotus, upon which sits a gem that bestows all wishes. 

She is the lord of the Bodhisattvas’ sphere of activity, which encompasses the transcendent perfections of generosity, patience, diligence, ethics, tranquility, wisdom, and meditation. Austerity, (in this context) is ethics, and tranquility is wisdom and meditation. 

We pay homage to the unchallengeable lady who has the ten powers: the power over life, the power over mind, the power over wealth, the power over action, the power over birth, the power over inclination, the power over aspiration, the power over miracles, the power over primordial wisdom, and the power over dharma. 

The outer meaning is that she has attained the completion of the six perfections, in just one meditation. The inner meaning is that her singular meditation is like a lotus, free from the flaw of adherence to subject and object, and is endowed with the completion of the six perfections.
She is yellow, with one face and two arms. She sits in the dis- mounting posture. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme charity. Her left hand, in the Three Jewels mudra, holds an utpala flower. 

On top of the flower is a wish-fulfilling jewel showering down whatever one desires. Light, the color of a rising sun, radiates from the body of Noble Lady and empowers you to perform the ocean of bodhisattva activities.

Meditate that you obtain all the qualities of the ten powers and recite the mantra.

Continue: The 4th Tara

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