Friday, May 31, 2019

The emanation of 18th Nobel Tara Maja Chenmo

Noble Lady Tara Maja Chenmo, Great Peacock, Protecting from and Pacifying All Kinds of Poison.

This Tara’s Tibetan name is Tara Maja Chenmo. Now mayura is the Sanskrit word for “peacock”, which is maja in Tibetan, so she is the “great one on the peacock”. 

Peacocks are especially associated with protection from poisons because it is said that the peacock eats poison and transforms it into the beauty of its plumage. Thus Tara Maja Chenmo’s special activity is counteracting or dispelling inner and outer poisons. These might be from food, water, environmental pollution, or any type of unhealthy situation. Maja Chenmo is also renowned for her compassion in protecting infants and young children. It is thought that she saved the life of Nagarjuna.

om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal lha yi tso yi nampé
Homage to you, who hold in your hand
ridak takchen chak na nam ma
A deer-marked moon like a divine lake.
tara nyi jö pé kyi yigé
With tāra twice and then with phaṭ,
duk nam malüpar ni selma
You totally cleanse all of the poisons.

The eighteenth homage is to Maja Chenmo, who averts and pacifies poison. She is as white as the moon, and sits on a blue lotus. In her left hand, she holds a full moon marked with a rabbit, which is the shape of the ocean of nectar of the god realm. With her radiance and her chanting of the mantra, OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA VETRA TARA PHAT SVA HA, which has two TARES and a PHAT syllable, she clears all poisons, both animate and inanimate, without a trace. 

Generally, all obstacles arise from poisons, and the base of all the animate and inanimate poisons is our afflictions. She clears all the poisons of sentient beings without a trace with the medicine of the truth of reality.
On the throne of lotus and moon appears Noble Lady Tara Maja Chenmo, white in color, 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 mudra of the Three Jewels, holds the stem of an utpala flower. 

On its pistil is a full moon marked with a rabbit. Rays of nectar light radiate from it, spreading wider and wider in all directions and completely removing all poisons from the environment and sentient beings. Meditate on this and recite the ten-syllable mantra and also the mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA VISHA TARA PHAT SVAHA.

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