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Destroy Your Illusions And Manifest Your Reality With Shiva Mantra

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Eastern philosophy has always contained a level mysticism expressed by its decisively succinct statements, behind which there is always a depth of wisdom, revealing the truth of many concepts and contribute to a perceptual change of worldview. Mantras at the moment are a poorly known part of the heritage of Hinduism. However, the changes that they bring to people’s lives have generated a great deal of attention. Shiva mantra is one of the hallmarks of Hindu philosophy and has the most powerful effect.

Who Is Shiva?

Shiva is a model of spiritual self-improvement and self-realization. He managed to overcome the three lower desires: the desire for gold, for a woman, and for property. Moreover, he also managed to overcome selfishness, illusion, and karma. In one hand Shiva holds a Trident with which he controls the world.

The white color of Shiva indicates absolute spiritual purity. The presence of the third eye indicates a great ability to see through time and space. This is how Shiva penetrates into all the mysteries of the universe.

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Each detail of the image of Shiva has a special symbolic meaning, and the deity itself is a model of detachment from worldly cares and liberation of consciousness for spiritual development.

Shiva is the God of non-duality, eternally situated in Samadhi, outside of Samsara and free from the dual perception of reality. Therefore, Shiva mantra is able to release one from future rebirths.

Shiva-Mahayogi was a Great Yogi and the First Guru, who gave the world the benefit of knowing the way of Yoga, Tantra, and Liberation. He is ascetic, detached from the world but influences the material world.

The Shaivites worship Shiva as the basis of the world, Parabrahman or Purusha (the Great Spirit, the absolute), absorbing the manifested world at the end of each cycle of creation.

Shiva Mantra Meaning

The main Shiva mantra, consisting of five sound combinations:

“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”

OM sound contains a model of the future Universe, controlled by the forces of destruction (SO), maintenance (LAN), and creation (CHA). It is based on the energies of five elements reflected in the mantra:

  1. earth (NA)
  2. water (MAH)
  3. fire (SHI)
  4. air (VA)
  5. ether (YA).

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These elements are manifested not only in the entire Universe but also in the human body and the five senses. Therefore, Shiva Mantra chanting frees the mind from the power of the 5 senses (Pratyahara) and makes a man master over his senses. It also cleanses the five elements in the human body, bringing them into perfect form. And one of the translations of the mantra “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” sounds like “let the elements of the universe stay in me in their full manifestation.”

For the followers of Advaita Vedanta (the doctrine of non-duality), the mantra “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” contains the meaning of the indivisibility of the individual soul (a drop in the ocean) and Brahman (A single Ocean of Consciousness/Energy). “NAMAH” is an individual soul. It is limited and perceives itself separately from the absolute and the whole Creation. Therefore, meeting the Absolute – Paramatman – SHIVA, the soul bows its head and let go of ego in front of the Greatness of Unity. “YA” is a syllable-bond uniting the individual soul and the Paramatman (Universal Spirit). It indicates the connection between the part and the whole, God as the absolute and a man as part of Creation.

And the paradox is that the meeting of the whole and the part is not in the outside, but in the inside, not in heaven, but in the open heart and pure consciousness of the person himself.

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

― Rumi

Shiva Mantra Benefits

This mantra brings changes in all spheres of human life, activating the energy of the Universe. Its practice has a beneficial effect on health, purifies the aura and space around the person, attracts the positive energy of the cosmos.

The very process of chanting “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” calms the mind and stops thoughts (Dharana and Dhyana) and as the mantra of the Liberator and destroyer of illusion (Maya) leads to Samadhi and gives liberation (Mukti, Moksha). Unlike other mantras, giving temporary wealth, prosperity, siddhi, love, etc., Shiva Mantra bestows eternal good – Satchitananda (being/truth, knowledge/consciousness, bliss) and liberation.

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Therefore, the benefit of the Shiva comes through destruction:

Shiva mantra also helps one to obtain their desires. However, Shiva does it, based on his role as a destroyer of illusions. Ordinary people have different contradictory desires and impulses in their minds. Man, sometimes, doesn’t even know himself enough to know what he truly wants. These innumerable desires, collide with each other, and in the end, we never get what we want.

The destroyer of all false, Shiva cleanses the mind from layers of contradictory aspirations and ideas. Shiva helps us to see our true-selves and liberates us from other people’s opinions, false ideas, conditionality, restrictions, etc. He clarifies our true desires, our Dharma, and purpose.

With the mantra “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA” the impossible becomes possible. It is very logical – the purer the mind is from the concepts, limitations, and conditions, the more faith and opportunities we have.

Shiva mantra is one of the most powerful protective mantras that can be read during danger, in a dream or if you are attacked by negative spirits. It is also one of the most powerful mantras of the fulfillment of desires, giving all possible and desired benefits.

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA Mantra:

  • pacifies the wandering mind;
  • activates the third eye;
  • gives great protection and patronage of Shiva;
  • reveals the highest knowledge of Tantra;
  • brings 10 000 different blessings (health, luck, power, knowledge, wealth, protection, etc.).

Shiva Mantra Practice

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The Shiva mantra practice does not require preliminary preparation of cleansing the mind from negative thoughts. The best time for Shiva mantra practice is 4 a.m. However, if you can’t wake up so early you can practice it at any convenient time. There are also no strict requirements for the technique of practice.

The Shiva Mantra practice requires reading the Shiva Mantra 108 times daily.

It is preferable to use Rudraksha prayer beads for Shiva Mantra chanting. But if you don’t have this kind of beads you may use any other kind.

There are three basic ways of chanting of the Shiva Mantra:

  1. aloud;
  2. whispering;
  3. in the mind.

For beginners, the easiest way to achieve concentration is a loud chanting. It helps to discipline thoughts faster. Also, it makes it easier to remember and visualize the symbols of the mantra. Loud chanting neutralizes sounds that can distract you.

The only strict rule for the chanting is you should never interrupt the mantra with the breath in mid-sentence!

While you’re chanting the mantra you should distract yourself from extraneous thoughts. Try to concentrate on internal feelings, to identify yourself with the melody and the sound of the mantra. Such an approach provides a quick effect if the purpose of the practice is to solve specific urgent problems and life situations.


Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Powerful Death Conquering Mantra That Works Miracles

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as Death Conquering Mantra, or the Tryambakam Mantra is a verse of the Rigveda. This mantra literally works wonders – stops the development of serious illnesses, rejuvenates the aging body, relieves depression, and anxiety. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra helps in the most hopeless cases when nothing else could help.

During the uncertain times of 2020 we all are looking for hope, relief, and protection. That’s why I decided to write this article! It comes time when we all are looking for a miracle. And this powerful mantra can help you with this!

In this article, I will share with you what Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is, its meaning, benefits, and give you very important recommendations on how to practice it.

The Origin

According to one of the Indian legends, the Mrityunjaya mantra is associated with the name of Markandeya, a sage who wrote the Markandeya Purana. Markandeya was destined to die when he reached the age of 16, but thanks to his sincere love and devotion to Lord Shiva, he received this incredibly powerful mantra and was able to avoid his death.

Now let me share with you this beautiful story.

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In ancient times, when people had a strong connection with the gods and they could appear to them in the flesh, a righteous couple lived in the forest: Mrikandu Rishi and his wife Marudmati. They had no children and performed long austerities in the hope of gaining virtue and giving birth to a child.

One day their prayers were so strong that Lord Shiva himself stood before them. After listening to the request of the couple, he gave them a choice of either a righteous son, but with a short life on Earth or a child of low intelligence but with a long life. Mrikandu Rishi chose the former and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of sixteen years old.

Markandeya grew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death, he continued his worship of Shiva in his aniconic form of Shivalingam. The messengers of Yama, the god of death, were unable to take away his life because of his great devotion and continual worship of Shiva.

Then Yama himself came in person to take away Markandeya’s life and sprung his noose around the young sage’s neck. By accident or fate, the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression.

After defeating Yama in the battle to the point of death, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter also known as Kalantaka (“Ender of Death”).

The other Gods were worried that Yama’s death would disrupt the order of the Universe, and they begged Shiva to restore their underground ruler to life. Shiva agreed but said that it was Markandeya’s devotion that protected him, and therefore he blesses Him with eternal youth and gave this young yogi a healing mantra.

So Markandeya remained a 16-year-old Saint forever, and the Mahamrityunjaya mantra became a magical elixir for those who are devoted to God and crave spiritual and physical healing.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as the “Death Conquering Mantra”. It is one of the most ancient and powerful mantras of the Vedic era, which has come down to us through the millennia.

The power of this mantra is very great, life-giving, and healing. It can protect against incurable diseases, accidents of all kinds, various influences, both from outside and from within, helps to purify the subtle and physical body if it is chanted with sincerity and faith.

It is called the Great mantra that grants long life, peace, stability, well-being, satisfaction, and even immortality.

Shukracharya received this mantra from Lord Shiva as a reward for austerity. Its great power made him even able to revive the dead.

The Effect Of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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In India, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is considered one of the most powerful and important mantras.

It is recommended to chant these sacred words in the following cases:

  • severe illness;
  • difficult life circumstances;
  • in the face of danger;
  • in other situations that require the intervention of the Higher powers.

But the main effect of this mantra is a huge internal change that a person experiences. The Sacred words chanted repeatedly in order to get healing or get rid of physical problems, actively affect the soul. It leads to a big boost in spiritual development and the evolution of the soul.

The regular practice of Mahamrityunjaya mantra will help you to realize your true purpose in this life — the elevation of the spiritual principle.

Having come into contact with death, a person begins to realize the meaning of Eternity. Things that he hadn’t thought about before will come to the forefront of his thoughts and reflections. This is the kind of awareness and self-realization Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice brings.

It is recommended to chant this mantra when a child is born and it is chanted annually on the birthday. It is believed that the recitation of this sacred formula gives a person eternal life.

Swami Sivananda recommended that everyone devote a significant amount of time to practicing the Mahamrityunjaya mantra on their birthday. He said that such a practice brings:

To prevent diseases, the mantra should be practiced daily for 2-3 months. Chant or listen to the death conquering mantra 108 times in one session.

However, we should not forget that the Higher powers do not help a person who has impure intentions. You must purify your soul from any evil, forgive insults, correct your attitude to the world and people. Only in this case will the Mahamrityunjaya mantra bring the desired effect.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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Now let me share with you this powerful mantra:

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra in Sanskrit:

ॐ त्र्य॑म्बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर्मुक्षीय॒ मा ऽमृता॑त् ।

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Meaning

“We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.”

Translation

Word-by-word meaning of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is as follows:

ॐ – OM – represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

त्र्यम्बकम् – tryambakam – the three-eyed one (accusative case)

त्रि – tri – “three”

अम्बक – ambaka – “eye”

यजामहे – yajāmahe – “we worship, we sacrifice”

सुगन्धिम् – sugandhim – “the fragrant, the virtuous, the supreme being”

पुष्टिवर्धनम् – puṣṭi + vardhanam – “the bestower of nourishment, wealth, perfection”, literally “him who possesses the growth of nourishment”

पुष्टि – puṣṭi – “nourishment, increase, wealth, perfection”

वर्धन – vardhana = “increase, growth”

उर्वारुकम् – urvārukam – “fruit”

इव – iva = “as”

बन्धनान् bandhanān – “from bondage, from the stalk/stem”

मृत्यो – mṛtyoḥ – “from death”

मुक्षीय – mukṣīya – “may I be freed/released”

मा ऽमृतात् – mā ‘mṛtāt – “not (mā) from immortality (amṛtāt)”

How To Practice Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be recited on three levels:

  • physical;
  • energetical;
  • mental.

Physical Level

On the physical level, the mantra is pronounced in a loud voice so that the body starts vibrating. Internal vibrations are created by the chant activate every cell of the body. The vibration of the sacred words destroys the energy blocks in the body, neutralizing the negative energy stored in the memory of cells. The cells that have the disease recorded in their memory become clean and healthy again.

Most of the negative programs that cause internal diseases are recorded in the memory of cells from childhood. These programs affect the subconscious mind of the person, causing mental pain and blocks. Over time, the program of destruction takes the form of a disease. Mahamrityunjaya mantra destroys these pathological structures and literally frees the body from blocks, so healing occurs.

Energy Level

The energy level of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra practice is the repetition of sacred words in a whisper. This practice is called Japa.

Whispered words have an effect on the energy structure of a person, changing the energy background.

The energy structure of a person is organized by the chakras — 7 energy centers. Whispered words open the chakras, freeing them from blocks. As a result, the energy can function freely along the chakra column, creating a reserve of energy resources inside the body.

Mental Level

The mental level Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice acts on the subconscious mind of a person, in which the fixed mental blocks are stored. Scientists have long proven that diseases have roots in the human psyche. Mahamrityunjaya mantra removes mental blocks, thereby freeing the body from the cause of diseases. It helps a person to free himself from:

  • obsessive stereotypes;
  • destructive programs of the subconscious mind;
  • psychological blocks and clamps.

By freeing itself from the causes of diseases, the body activates its defenses for self-healing and renewal.

It is recommended to start chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra with a loud recitation of the sacred words, and then switch to whispering and chanting in the mind. It should be chanted 108 times for maximum benefit.

The Bottom Line

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is an incredibly powerful mantra that is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. This beautiful mantra bestows longevity and immortality. Swami Satyananda Saraswati recommended the Mahamrityunjay Mantra to everyone. If you do this with concentration, pure heart, and intentions, then health and well-being will be guaranteed!


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Manjushri Mantra: a Powerful Practice For Wisdom and Enlightenment

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The bodhisattva Manjushri represents the highest wisdom, intelligence, will, and omniscience, and exercises complete illumination. His name means “Gentle Glory”. In this article, I want to share with you a very powerful Manjushri mantra that enhances wisdom and improves one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. Moreover, a regular practice of this mantra can help reach enlightenment and reconnect with your divine nature.

But first, let me tell you about Manjushri.

Who Is Manjushri?

Manjushri is one of the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, the other three being Ksitigarbha, Avalokitesvara, and Samantabhadra.

Manjushri is also revered as the patron of the arts and sciences, orator, patron of astrologers. For example, Buddhist writers, before starting to write a book or a poem, first turn to Manjushri for help or begin creation with a prayer in his honor.

Buddhists ask Manjushri to grant them wisdom, transcendental knowledge, mastery in studying, ability to interpret sacred texts, eloquence, and a good memory. He is the patron of literature. He helps to consciously use the power of the word as a tool for liberation from ignorance. Anyone can ask Manjushri for enlightenment and he will surely give one all the tools you need to reach it. However, only one’s discipline and devotion can lead to enlightenment.

Manjushri’s Mission

Manjushri, who once attained the state of a Buddha, refused to enter Nirvana until people freed themselves of ignorance and misery.

He appears as a constant assistant to Buddha Shakyamuni in his enlightening mission.

Manjushri’s mission as a bodhisattva is to eradicate ignorance and the evil it generates. Therefore, Manjushri is depicted as a beautiful young man with a flaming sword raised in one hand and a book in the other.

Symbolism

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Manjushri is usually depicted in a sitting cross-legged position on a Lotus throne. He is dressed in the usual bodhisattva clothes.

Usually, Manjushri is depicted as a young man 26-years old. This important symbol reminds us that Manjushri is the beginning of insight. The youth symbolism is vital, since most suffering humans, even the most advanced among us, could be said to be just at the “beginning” of understanding and insight.

Most often we can see Manjushri having a Golden yellow body, which symbolizes the wealth of his knowledge.

In his right hand, he holds a Fiery sword that cuts through ignorance and duality.

In his left hand, he holds a Lotus that symbolizes purity of thoughts and motivation.

There is the Sutra laying on the Lotus which symbolizes the Transcendental Wisdom.

The symbols and iconography can vary depending on the culture. However, all the symbols are always related to wisdom.

There are also different specialized forms of Manjushri: Black, Orange, Four-armed Namsangiti, wrathful Yamantaka, and many others.

Manjushri Mantra Benefits

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In traditional Buddhist schools, the beginning of any training starts with Manjushri mantra chanting. This is how Buddhists tune themselves in learning and mastering new knowledge.

Manjushri mantra is chanted for both inner wisdom and worldly knowledge. It gives both intellectual wisdom and wisdom beyond all words and thought.

It helps in learning, developing intelligence and good memory. It also brings good insight and intuitive knowledge.

Manjushri mantra practice also helps in:

  • learning and understanding astrology;
  • improving debating skills;
  • boosting memory;
  • writing;
  • reaching enlightenment;
  • reconnecting with your divine nature.

Manjushri Mantra

Manjushri mantra is a symbol of the ultimate essence and profound simplicity. Each of the seven syllables of this mantra is deeply profound — conveying within in it the essence of all other mantras.

Here is the text of Manjushri mantra:

OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHIH

Manjushri Mantra Meaning

Now I want to share with you a beautiful commentary on the essence of Manjushri mantra from a Tantric Buddhist point of view delivered by Khenchen Pracchimba Dorjee Rinpoche.

OM represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

AH represents the insight that all Dharmas and all “things” are unproduced. This realization develops as we examine everything. That means that we ask questions such as: What do my body and mind consist of? What do all the things around me consist of?  As a result of repeated inquiry and contemplation, the realization of emptiness as the true nature of our mind, as well as all external phenomena, arises. Understanding the emptiness of everything is the path of wisdom.

RA represents an understanding of emptiness. This approach emphasizes the emptiness of the self but believes that at the deepest level everything consists of very small subatomic particles.

PA stands for meditation. There are two basic types of meditation: the conceptual (thinking) and the non-conceptual (without thinking) meditation. In conceptual meditation, we rely on thinking about various concepts such as impermanence, suffering or karma. This is actually not considered a meditation in the strict sense. The ‘real’ meditation is non-conceptual and means that we see the nature of phenomena directly. In our practice, we usually first combine the conceptual and the non-conceptual meditation until we are able to rest in the nature of mind completely without thinking. For example, if you have to ask yourself whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual you are practicing conceptual (thinking) meditation. If you engage in a true non-conceptual meditation you don’t have to check whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual – your feeling of resting in the nature of mind is so reassuring that there are no questions to be asked.

TSA symbolizes the importance of samsara and nirvana. The exact nature of both nirvana and samsara is emptiness. But if we don’t understand the exact nature of samsara, it manifests to us in the form of three sufferings.

The three sufferings are:

  • the suffering of change;
  • the suffering upon suffering;
  • the suffering of everything composite.

If we exactly experientially understand the real nature of samsara it will instead appear to us in the form of three kinds of peace:

  • arhat peace;
  • bodhisattva peace;
  • Buddha peace.

NA stands for karma. In short, it means that all the suffering we experience is the result of our previous non-virtuous actions and all our happiness results from our previous virtuous deeds. There are two basic kinds of karma: the individual karma and the collective karma. Our individual karma is related to our personal deeds and their results. We need to understand that with each action of our body, speech and mind we are sewing the seeds of our future experience.

DHIH represents the wisdom path teachings. It is the fruition of all the practices represented by the previous syllables. We can imagine that our samsara mind is like a block of ice flowing in the water of nirvana wisdom. The syllable DHIH represents the fruition of our practice that melts the ice of our samsaric mind into the water – its real Buddha-nature.

How To Practice Manjushri Mantra?

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Before chanting Manjushri mantra you should set your intention. You can do it in any form. For example: “I dedicate the Chanting of Manjushri mantra to … (name your request).”

After setting the intention, chant Manjushri mantra for 108 times and practice the visualization described below while chanting.

Visualization

Visualize a horizontal moon disk in your heart.

Imagine a six-spoked wheel on it, and at its hub, there is an upright orange seed syllable DHIH.

Just above the wheel’s spokes, there are the syllables OM AH RA PA TSA NA standing clockwise. Light emanates from the DHIH and other mantra syllables.

Imagine how this light fills your body and cleanses all negative karma and obscurations, especially those arising from ignorance.

Now visualize how the darkness of ignorance is completely eliminated and the light of wisdom increases to illuminate all objects of knowledge.


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Praises to the Twenty-One Taras (English And Tibetan Versions)

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Praises to the Twenty-One Taras is a traditional prayer in Tibetan Buddhism to the female Bodhisattva Tara. When you chant these praises, something magical happens and you feel yourself transcend into another realm. Every word/syllable you pronounce with your deep concentration transcends your consciousness. In this article, I will introduce you to the Twenty-One Taras and to the magical practice of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras.

Twenty-One Taras

Each of the twenty-one emanations of Tara is a different color and an entity in her own right, addressing different manifestations of our existence that require assistance from the goddess.

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Here is a description of the Twenty-One Taras:

  1. Red Tara, the quick heroine who grants the power of control and effective persuasion.
  2. The Great Peaceful White Tara, who pacifies spirit harms, negative karma, delusions, and diseases.
  3. The Great Increasing One, Golden Tara, who increases life, merit, good fortune, fame, and prosperity.
  4. The Great Long-Life Yellow Tara, who grants longevity.
  5. The Great Hum-making Orange Tara, who brings other beings close to you.
  6. Black-Red Tara, victorious over the Three Worlds, who protects from spirit harm.
  7. Black Tara, slightly wrathful, who dispels all black magic and harmful spells.
  8. Red Tara, destroyer of the enemy Mara, who destroys the four types of mara.
  9. White Tara, the three sublime, who protects all beings from fear and danger.
  10. Red Tara, destroyer of maras, who controls the world.
  11. Orange Tara, eliminator of poverty, who brings wealth.
  12. The Orange Tara of auspicious beauty, who makes everything auspicious.
  13. Fire-Blazing Red Tara, who pierces your enemy (which is the delusion of your own mind).
  14. Black Tara, slightly wrinkled and wrathful, who pierces interference.
  15. White Tara, the great pacifier, who brings harmony.
  16. Red Tara, liberating with wisdom-Hum, for wisdom and increasing the power of mantras.
  17. Orange Tara, shaking the three worlds, who controls the power of mantras.
  18. White Tara, who eliminates poisons and overcomes their effects.
  19. White Tara, for release from prison and overcoming quarrels and fights.
  20. Orange Tara, for eliminating contagious diseases.
  21. White Tara, whose venerable actions make all activities successful.

How To Practice Praises To The Twenty-One Taras?

Go slowly initially, and feel the words, syllables, and their meanings transcending your consciousness. Soon you will discover your own rhythm.

As you recite, contemplate as follows: with each praise and prostration, just as one spark of fire comes from another, a replica of Tara manifests and sinks into you.

Visualization

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While reciting the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras it’s very beneficial to perform the following visualization.

Visualize how The white syllable āḥ consisting of light, appears in your heart. It turns into a white lunar disk. In the center of the disc appears the green syllable Tāṃ. This syllable represents the essence of the bliss-filled, omniscient mind of Tara, embodying wisdom and compassion. There are the syllables of the mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA around the Tam syllable on the lunar disk. These syllables of the mantra are created out of the green light.

Visualize how a rainbow light emanates in all directions from the syllable Tam. This light is calling Tara, who then appears in the space in front of you.

Tara is sitting on the Lotus flower and the moon disk. She is young and extraordinarily beautiful. Her Divine body is made of emerald light. Her right-hand rests on her right knee in a gesture of giving.

With her left hand, she is holding the blue Lotus.

Her left leg is tucked in and her right leg is slightly extended. Her face is radiant with beauty, and with loving-kindness she is smiling.

Space around Her is filled with 21 Tara, as well as all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Visualize that all living beings are sitting around you. And you are performing Praises to the Twenty-One Taras for all these beings and the whole world.

The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (English Version)

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Let me and all who needs protection,
Enter beneath your right-hand mudra
Of granting boons and refuge mudra,
And be relieved from every fear.

OM I prostrate to the goddess foe destroyer, liberating lady Tara
Homage to TARE, saviouress, heroine,
With TUTTARE dispelling all fears,
Granting all benefits with TURE,
To her with sound SOHA, I bow.

Invocation

From your sublime abode at the Potala, O Tara,
Born from the green letter TAM
Your crown adorned with Amitabha,
Action mother of the buddhas of the three times,
Tara, please come with your attendants.

The gods and demi-gods bow to your lotus feet, O Tara,
Your who rescue all who are destitute,
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.

The Praises

Om! I prostrate to the noble transcendent liberator!

1. Homage! Tara, swift, heroic!
Eyes like lightning instantaneous!
Sprung from op’ning stamens of the
Lord of three world’s tear-born lotus!

2. Homage! She whose face combines a
Hundred autumn moons at fullest!
Blazing with light rays resplendent
As a thousand star collection!

3. Homage! Golden-blue one, lotus
Water born, in hand adorned!
Giving, effort, calm, austerities,
Patience, meditation her sphere!

4. Homage! Crown of tathagatas,
Actions triumph without limit
Relied on by conquerors’ children,
Having reached every perfection!

5. Homage! Filling with TUTTARE,
HUM, desire, direction, and space!
Trampling with her feet the seven worlds,
Able to draw forth all beings!

6. Homage! Worshipped by the all-lords,
Shakra, Agni, Brahma, Marut!
Honored by the hosts of spirits,
Corpse-raisers, Gandharvas, yakshas!

7. Homage! With Her TRAD and PHAT sounds
Destroying foes’ magic diagrams!
Her feet pressing, left out, right in,
Blazing in a raging fire-blaze!

8. Homage! TURE, very dreadful!
Destroyer of Mara’s champion(s)!
She with frowning lotus visage
Who is the slayer of all enemies!

9. Homage! At the heart her fingers,
Adorn her with Three Jewel mudra!
Light-ray masses all excited!
All directions’ wheels adorn her!

10. Homage! She so joyous, radiant,
Crown emitting garlands of light!
Mirthful, laughing with TUTTARE,
Subjugating maras, devas!

11. Homage! She able to summon
All earth-guardians’ assembly!
Shaking, frowning, with her HUM sign
Saving from every misfortune!

12. Homage! Crown adorned with crescent
Moon, all ornaments most shining!
Amitabha in her hair-knot
Sending out much light eternal!

13. Homage! She ’mid wreath ablaze like
Eon-ending fire abiding!
Right stretched, left bent, joy surrounds you
Troops of enemies destroying!

14. Homage! She who strikes the ground with
Her palm, and with her foot beats it!
Scowling, with the letter HUM the
Seven levels she does conquer!

15. Homage! Happy, virtuous, peaceful!
She whose field is peace, nirvana!
She endowed with OM and SOHA,
Destroyer of the great evil!

16. Homage! She with joy surrounded
Tearing foes’ bodies asunder,
Frees with HUM and knowledge mantra,
Arrangement of the ten letters!

17. Homage! TURE! With seed letter
Of the shape of syllable HUM!
By foot-stamping shakes the three worlds,
Meru, Mandara, and Vindhya!

18. Homage! Holding in her hand the
Hare-marked moon of deva-lake form!
With twice spoken TARA and PHAT,
Totally dispelling poison!

19. Homage! She whom gods and their kings,
And the kinnaras do honor!
Armored in all joyful splendor,
She dispels bad dreams and conflicts!

20. Homage! She whose two eyes bright with
Radiance of sun and full moon!
With twice HARA and TUTTARE
She dispels severe contagion!

21. Homage! Full of liberating
Pow’r by the set of three natures!
Destroys hosts of spirits, yakshas,
And raised corpses! Supreme! TURE!

The following dedications may be made:

Due to the vast merit, I create with this practice, please, Mother Tara, may I soon attain your enlightened state that I may liberate all sentient beings from their suffering. May the precious bodhi mind in me, not yet born, arise and grow. May the bodhicitta already born within me have no decline but instead, increase forevermore.

In all my rebirths may I never be separated from perfect spiritual masters and enjoy the magnificent Dharma. May I complete all qualities and stages of the path and may I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.

The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (Tibetan Version)

White Tara Goddess Image

Invocation

PO TA LA YI NÄ CHHOG NÄ
TAM YIG JANG KHU LÄ THRUNG SHING
ÖPAG ME KYI U LA GYÄN
DÜ SUM SANG GYÄ THRIN LÄ MA
DRÖL MA KHOR CHÄ SHEG SU SÖL

Prostration

LHA DANG LHA MIN CHÖ PÄN GYI
ZHAB KYI PÄ MO LA TÜ DE
PHONG PA KÜN LÄ DRÖL DZÄ MA
DRÖL MA YUM LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO

The Praises

OM JE TSÜN MA PHAG MA DRÖL MA LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO

  1. CHHAG TSHÄL DRÖL MA NYUR MA PA MO
    CHÄN NI KÄ CHIG LOG DANG DRA MA
    JIG TEN SUM GÖN CHHU KYE ZHÄL GYI
    GE SAR JE WA LÄ NI JUNG MA
  2. CHHAG TSHÄL TÖN KÄI DA WA KÜN TU
    GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PÄI ZHÄL MA
    KAR MA TONG THRAG TSHOG PA NAM KYI
    RAB TU CHHE WÄI Ö RAB BAR MA
  3. CHHAG TSHÄL SER NGO CHHU NÄ KYE KYI
    PÄ MÄ CHHAG NI NAM PAR GYÄN MA
    JIN PA TSÖN DRÜ KA THUB ZHI WA
    ZÖ PA SAM TÄN CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
  4. CHHAG TSHÄL DE ZHIN SHEG PÄI TSUG TOR
    THA YÄ NAM PAR GYÄL WAR CHÖ MA
    MA LÜ PHA RÖL CHHIN PA THOB PÄI
    GYÄL WÄI SÄ KYI SHIN TU TEN MA
  5. CHHAG TSHÄL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
    DÖ DANG CHHOG DANG NAM KHA GANG MA
    JIG TEN DÜN PO ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
    LÜ PA ME PAR GUG PAR NÜ MA
  6. CHHAG TSHÄL GYA JIN ME LHA TSHANG PA
    LUNG LHA NA TSHOG WANG CHHUG CHHÖ MA
    JUNG PO RO LANG DRI ZA NAM DANG
    NÖ JIN TSHOG KYI DÜN NÄ TÖ MA
  7. CHHAG TSHÄL TRAD CHE JA DANG PHAT KYI
    PHA RÖL THRÜL KHOR RAB TU JOM MA
    YÄ KUM YÖN KYANG ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
    ME BAR THRUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA
  8. CHHAG TSHÄL TURE JIG PA CHHEN PO
    DÜ KYI PA WO NAM PAR JOM MA
    CHHU KYE ZHÄL NI THRO NYER DÄN DZÄ
    DRA WO THAM CHÄ MA LÜ SÖ MA
  9. CHHAG TSHÄL KÖN CHHOG SUM TSHÖN CHHAG GYÄI
    SOR MÖ THUG KAR NAM PAR GYÄN MA
    MA LÜ CHHOG KYI KHOR LÖ GYÄN PÄI
    RANG GI Ö KYI TSHOG NAM THRUG MA
  10. CHHAG TSHÄL RAB TU GA WA JI PÄI
    U GYÄN Ö KYI THRENG WA PEL MA
    ZHE PA RAB ZHÄ TUTTARA YI
    DÜ DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZÄ MA
  11. CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHI KYONG WÄI TSHOG NAM
    THAM CHÄ GUG PAR NÜ MA NYI MA
    THRO NYER YO WÄI YI GE HUM GI
    PHONG PA THAM CHÄ NAM PAR DRÖL MA
  12. CHHAG TSHÄL DA WÄI DUM BÜ U GYÄN
    GYÄN PA THAM CHÄ SHIN TU BAR MA
    RÄL PÄI KHUR NA Ö PAG ME LÄ
    TAG PAR SHIN TU Ö RAB DZÄ MA
  13. CHHAG TSHÄL KÄL PÄI THA MÄI ME TAR
    BAR WÄI THRENG WÄI Ü NA NÄ MA
    YÄ KYANG YÖN KUM KÜN NÄ KOR GÄI
    DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA
  14. CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHII NGÖ LA CHHAG GI
    THIL GYI NÜN CHING ZHAB KYI DUNG MA
    THRO NYER CHÄN DZÄ YI GE HUM GI
    RIM PA DÜN PO NAM NI GEM MA
  15. CHHAG TSHÄL DE MA GE MA ZHI MA
    NYA NGÄN DÄ ZHI CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
    SVAHA OM DANG YANG DAG DÄN PÄ
    DIG PA CHHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA
  16. CHHAG TSHÄL KÜN NÄ KOR RAB GA WÄI
    DRA YI LÜ NI NAM PAR GEM MA
    YI GE CHU PÄI NGAG NI KÖ PÄI
    RIG PA HUM LÄ DRÖL MA NYI MA
  17. CHHAG TSHÄL TURE ZHAB NI DEB PÄ
    HUM GI NAM PÄI SA BÖN NYI MA
    RI RAB MANDHARA DANG BIG JE
    JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA
  18. CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHO YI NAM PÄI
    RI DAG TAG CHÄN CHHAG NA NAM MA
    TARA NYI JÖ PHAT KYI YI GE
    DUG NAM MA LÜ PA NI SEL MA
  19. CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHOG NAM GYÄL PO
    LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
    KÜN NÄ GO CHHA GA WÄI JI GYI
    TSÖ DANG MI LAM NGÄN PA SEL MA
  20. CHHAG TSHÄL NYI MA DA WA GYÄ PÄI
    CHÄN NYI PO LA Ö RAB SÄL MA
    HARA NYI JÖ TUTTARA YI
    SHIN TU DRAG PÖI RIM NÄ SEL MA
  21. CHHAG TSHÄL DE NYI SUM NAM KÖ PÄ
    ZHI WÄI THÜ DANG YANG DAG DÄN MA
    DÖN DANG RO LANG NÖ JIN TSHOG NAM
    JOM PA TURE RAB CHHOG NYI MA

TSA WÄI NGAG KYI TÖ PA DI DANG
CHHAG TSHÄL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG


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