Saturday, May 8, 2010

White Tara

white tarawhite tarawhite tara
taraWhite Tārā is also known as Sita Tārā - the Sanskrit sita simply means white or pure, and is also a name for the planet Venus.
White Tārā's mantra is the basic Tārā mantra with an extra phrase inserted. In Magic and Ritual in Tibet : The Cult of Tārā Stephan Beyer describes how various phrases can be inserted into the mantra depending on the needs of the person working the magic. In this case we are asking for [long] life (ayuḥ), merit (puṇya), and wisdom (jñāna).
White Tārā is distinguished from Green Tārā (other than their colours) by having both legs tucked up in the meditation posture, and by having seven eyes: the two usual ones, and then one in her forehead (the Wisdom Eye) and one in each palm and the soles of her feet.

White Tārā is associated with the Padma family of Amitābha, who in graphical representations appears in the form of Amitāyus (Infinite Life) and sits in her headdress, or above her head

                         Siddhaṃ                                                                     Transliteration
white tara                       
oṃ tā re tu ttā

re tu re ma ma

ā yuḥ pu ṇya jñā

na pu ṣṭiṃ ku ru

svā hā

oṃ tā re tu ttā re tu re ma ma ā yuḥ pu ṇya jñā na pu ṣṭiṃ ku ru svā hā
oṃ tāre tuttāre ture mama āyuḥ-puṇya-jñāna-puṣṭiṃ kuru svāhā

white tarawhite tara