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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)

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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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Here Is the Most Powerful Protection Mantra For Emergency Help

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We live in an unprecedented time when it’s hard to feel safe and protected. What seemed to be solid and stable yesterday, feels unsafe and fragile today. The world economy, health systems, and even jobs and schools don’t provide us with a sense of security anymore. Along with that traditional beliefs and old systems are so shaky that it seems like that they can collapse anytime. This is all a big lesson that’s teaching us how to look beyond the material and see the spiritual support and guidance despite the chaos. It is only when we reconnect with the Divine within us can we make sense of what’s really happening in the world. Therefore, in this article, we want to share with you a very powerful protection mantra for emergency help that will assist you on your spiritual journey and create a sense of spiritual safety and stability during the turbulent times we live in.

Sacred chants in Sanskrit can make miracles for those who consistently practice them because they are a powerful appeal to Divine energy. And one of the most powerful keys to this is the mantra Om Mahadevaya Namaha, an appeal to the Absolute.

How Does Protection Mantra Work?

The protection mantra is a powerful tool you can use in difficult and dangerous situations when you feel hopeless. The sacred sounds of the mantra are endowed with a special power that gives you energy and strength to protect yourself from negative energy, evil eye, people with bad intentions and even save your life in a dangerous situation.

The protection mantra has the power to change the negative vibration of the situation by neutralizing them. By pronouncing the sacred sounds of protection mantra you’re expressing your trust in the Universe and Highest Powers to solve your problem in the most harmonious way.

Shiva Protection Mantra

Now let’s take a look at what Om Mahadevaya Namaha means.

The literal translation of the mantra is:

OM” — the original sound of the cosmic vibration, the root cause of everything that exists. Being a Maha-bija mantra (“maha” – great,” bija “– seed), it repeatedly enhances the energy and effect of mantras.

MAHA” — translates as “Great”.

DEVA” — translates as “God/Lord”.

NAMAHA” — can be translated as ‘I respectfully bow/greet/humbly trust/worship/thank you’.

Who Is Mahadev?

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Mahadev is one of the principal deities of Hinduism, also known as Shiva.

Lord Shiva is revered and glorified all over the world, his image occupies an honorable place in many philosophical and religious movements around the world. According to the authoritative Indian researcher R.N. Dandekar, Shaivism (recognition of Shiva as the Supreme Deity) is the oldest of the currently existing religions of the civilized world. A number of researchers believe that yoga was precisely the pre-Aryan heritage associated with the cult of Shiva.

Shiva represents the cosmic consciousness, the static masculine principle of the Universe (Purusha). He is in union with Shakti (Prakriti), which symbolizes the dynamic material beginning of the Universe and embodies its creative energy.

Shiva is the key deity in the philosophy of Hinduism, where he is recognized as part of the supreme Divine triad — Trimurti. According to classical Hindu philosophy, our universe exists due to three Divine aspects: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma is perceived as the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the deity responsible for maintaining life, and Shiva is revered as its destroyer.

Mahadev manifests himself in the most difficult situations, supports life, protects the Dharma, brings order to the universe, destroys illusions, and gets rid of obscurations. Shiva is the Supreme God, and both the Gods (Devas) and the Asuras worship him equally.

His mind is calm and unshakable, like Mount Kailash, his heart is filled with the greatest compassion. Lord Shiva himself, unlike other Deities, constantly performs his sadhana, staying in deep meditation, and also helps spiritual seekers on their spiritual path. His protection makes a person almost invulnerable.

How to Practice Protection Mantra?

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First of all, you need a quiet atmosphere so that no one distracts you from chanting.

The second important condition is the inner attitude and firm belief in the power of the sacred sound.

The third thing to pay attention to is the correct posture. Ideally – the basic yoga asana – Lotus position. However, you can just sit comfortably on the mat. The main thing is to keep your back straight.

First, chant the mantra along with the audio recording. When you learn the proper pronunciation of the Sanskrit words, you can start chanting without audio recording.

When chanting, listen to your own voice and feel how your body reacts to the sound. Count the number of repetitions. It should be 108 times. For your convenience use mala beads with 108 beads.

To enhance the effect of mantra chanting use visualization. For protective purposes, it’s good to imagine an energy shield around you that is reflecting all the negativity. You can also visualize Shiva and His protective shield.

After mantra chanting practice, stay in a meditative state so that the results are fixed. Also, it’s essential to tell gratitude to Shiva for His love and protection.

The Bottom Line

The law of concentration says: “you become what your attention is constantly directed to”. By practicing the protection mantra, a spiritual seeker seeks to achieve unity with Mahadev, cultivating the qualities of a Great Lord in himself. Once you make the protection mantra chanting practice a part of your daily routine, you will face far fewer troubles and danger. The positive vibrations of your aura will not resonate with negative people, toxic environments, and dangerous situations, therefore you will stop facing them.

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How To Connect With Vasudhara: the Goddess Of Abundance & Wealth

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Vasudhara is a goddess of wealth, prosperity, spiritual wealth, and wisdom. She is considered to be one of the 21 Taras, also known as “Golden/Yellow Tara“. This beautiful Goddess brings spiritual and material abundance to anyone who recites her mantra. In this article, I will introduce you to Yellow Tara and share with you her sacred mantra that can help you significantly improve your spiritual and material wellbeing.

Who Is Vasudhara (Yellow Tara/Golden Tara)?

Vasudhara, whose name means “stream of gems” in Sanskrit, is the Buddhist bodhisattva of wealth, prosperity, and abundance. She is also known as Golden Tara or Yellow Tara.

The goddess originated in Indian Buddhism and was later transmitted to Tibet. In India, Vasudhara is compared to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and abundance. Both goddesses have identical iconography and often appear with their husbands. Lakshmi’s husband is Vishnu, and Vasudhara’s husband is Dzambhala.

Vasudhara’s heart is filled with compassion and loving-kindness toward all beings. She is the embodiment of the boundless generosity which is the first of the six transcendent perfections that are fundamentals for the Bodhisattva path. According to the Buddhist tradition, Vasudhara is able to materialize the wealth for the one who chants her mantra and performs the rituals that invoke the goddess.

The origin of Vasudhara in Buddhism appears in the Buddhist text “The Vasudhara Dharani”. According to a legend “The Inquiry of the Layman Sucandra,” described in the text, an impoverished layman named Sucandra came to the Buddha Shakyamuni and asked if he could give him a way to obtain large amounts of gold, grain, silver, and gems in order to feed his large family and engage in acts of charity with the surplus fortune. Shakyamuni said that the Vasudhara mantra would suit this purpose. He gave Sucandra the Vasudhara mantra and sacred ritual that when followed would result in good fortune and prosperity brought on by Vasudhara herself. Upon commencing the rituals and teaching them to others, Sucandra began to prosper. Noticing his success, the monk Ananda asked Shakyamuni how he had obtained this fortune so quickly. Shakyamuni instructed Ananda to also practice the Vasudhara mantra and the ritual and told him to “impart it to others ‘for the good of many’.

Vasundhara is a bodhisattva-liberator, who gives a person piously acquired wealth. This beautiful goddess also ensures that spiritual wisdom is accompanied by favorable circumstances: high standard of living, longevity, and happiness.

Yellow Tara Symbolism

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Yellow Tara is beautiful and attractive. She is youthful as a sixteen-year-old, and her golden body scintillates with radiant light.

Her skin color is golden-bronze. This color is associated with precious metals and symbolizes nobility and generosity.

The goddess has three beautiful smiling faces. Her right face is red, which represents control. The middle face is golden, which represents increase. And her left face is red, which represents compassion.

The goddess is adorned with the five divine silks and the eight jeweled ornaments.

Usually, Golden Tara is depicted seated on a lotus flower base in the lalitasana, or royal pose, with one foot tucked in towards her and the other hanging off the flower base but resting on a small treasure. She can, however, also be depicted in a standing position.

The number of her arms may differ from image to image. She can have as few as two arms and as many as six. The two-armed representations are more common in Tibetan and Indian art, while six-armed representations are almost exclusive to Nepalese art. Although the six-armed image originates in India, they are rare and only a few examples have been found.

Her first right-hand makes the gesture of generosity, while her other two right hands hold the ‘Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, – symbolizing the necessity of maintaining the commitments of refuge to the three jewels, and a golden rosary, symbolizing continuous practice and self-examination, vital to enlightenment path.

With her three left hands, she holds a small treasure-vase (a symbol of long life and initiation), an ear of grain (a symbol of abundant harvests and earthly benefits), and a sacred text (a symbol of wisdom).

Representations with more arms, such as the six-armed Nepali representation, also depict Golden Tara as a goddess that is holding a full vase and the Book of Wisdom. With her free hands, she performs mudras. The most common mudra in paintings and figurines featuring Vasudhara is the Varadamudra, also known as the charity mudra, which symbolizes the “pouring forth of divine blessings.”

When depicted with two arms and one face, Vasudhara has a golden body (which symbolizes the earth element) and Ratnasambhava in her crown. Sometimes she is depicted with two or three eyes. The three eyes depiction represents perfect awareness, understanding, compassion, wisdom, and insight into the past, present, and future. Her two hands holding a sheaf of corn represent the process of sowing the seeds of enlightenment. A single wish-fulfilling jewel or a bowl of wish-fulfilling jewels represent wealth and wish-fulfillment.

In Tibetan iconography, the goddess is depicted sitting beside her husband Dzambhala or in union with him. In these cases, she holds a stem with grains in her left hand and a rosary in the right.

In her Tantric depiction, the goddess is red in color, with ornaments of bones holding a stem of grains or precious gems in the right hand, and a skull cup with blood in her left hand. Her red form is also depicted in union with Dzambhala, who is in the same color.

Vasudhara Mantra

Vasudhara practice requires dedication and self-discipline. Therefore, before starting the practice make sure you’ll be able to invest your time and energy into it.

Preparation:

Before starting your practice, write down your intention on a piece of paper. Speak from your heart. Start with words: “I dedicate my Vasudhara mantra practice to … (describe what you intend to gain)”

Instructions:
  • On the first day, you should recite the mantra 800 times.
  • Then, every day afterward, recite the mantra 300 times. 100 times in the morning, 100 times in the late afternoon/evening, and the final 100 times before going to bed. Or, you can recite the mantra 300 times all at once at any time of the day.
  • It is advisable to get a Vasudhara statuette or Yellow Tara thangka so that you can recite the mantra in front of it.
  • While reciting the mantra, visualize Golden Tara and how her blessings are coming to you in a form of golden energy.
  • Always express your gratitude to the Goddess before and after practice.
Mantra text:

Om Śri Vasudhara Ratna Nidhana Kashetri Soha

Though it may seem like a lot of work, such dedication will definitely pay off. It is said that devotees of this practice will accumulate seven kinds of prosperity – wealth, quality, offspring, long life, happiness, praise, and wisdom. Vasudhara will bless you with enough resources to be able to engage in spiritual practices without worrying too much about your finances. It also believed that this practice leads to spiritual enlightenment.

Short Vasudhara Mantra

If you don’t have enough time or energy to dedicate to the full Vasudhara mantra practice, you can recite a short version of the Vasudhara mantra. The practice of this mantra increases good luck and well-being, as well as helps to overcome difficulties and achieve progress in many directions.

The text of the mantra:

Om Vasudhare Svaha

Recite this mantra 7, 21, or 108 times.

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Planetary Mantras: Align Yourself With the Energy of the 9 Planets

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From the Vedic astrology perspective, the planets of our Solar system influence every level of our existence. Thus, each of us is a unique reflection of the various combinations of planetary energy. Vedic astrology recognizes the planets in our Solar system that are visible to the naked eye along with the two nodes of the Moon – Rahu and Ketu – that considered to be the “shadow planets” because the nodes of the Moon do not have any mass. In this article, I will share with you how the energy of the 9 planets of our Solar system influences our lives and how planetary mantras can help us to be aligned with these planets.

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The 9 Planets In Vedic Astrology (Jyotish)

Vedic astrology states that there are 9 planets that influence our life:

  1. the Sun (Surya or Ravi)
  2. the Moon (Chandra or Soma)
  3. Mars (Kuja or Mangala)
  4. Mercury (Budha)
  5. Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspati)
  6. Venus (Shukra)
  7. Saturn (Shani)
  8. Rahu (the North Node of the Moon)
  9. Ketu (the South Node of the Moon)

According to Maharishi Parashara, these planets were created as a means through which the results of our karma are transmitted. However, the influence of the planets upon you is similar to that of a thermometer and your body temperature. The thermometer only indicates the temperature of the body but does not itself bring about a change in your body temperature.

Similarly, the 9 planets represent transmitted energy, but not an originated power. These planets do not dictate but rather indicate the energies (or our karma) that are influencing us and our lives.

Significant Power of Mantras

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Mantra chanting is one of the most powerful tools that we can use for aligning ourselves with the energy of the 9 planets.

Mantras are sound vibrations that tune our bodies and the world around us to certain frequencies.

The Vedic science of the universe, or Sankhya, is in fact the forerunner of modern metaphysics. It considers Shabda Brahman, or the primordial cosmic sound that triggers the process of creation, as the basis of being. According to Vedic science, all things remain in the ether in the form of sound, and only then takes on a gross material form. Modern science explains Vedic knowledge in the language of quantum physics and string theory.

Interesting research was conducted in the middle of the last century by Hans Jenny, a physician and natural scientist from Switzerland. With the help of photographic equipment, he was able to record the effect of sound on matter. Jenny placed sand, water, and other substances on a metal plate attached to an oscillator – a vibrator that creates vibrations of different frequencies. Under the influence of vibrations, regular geometric shapes were formed, incredibly similar to Vedic yantras – sacred symbolic images of mantras. Surprisingly, under the influence of the OM mantra, Jenny received a clear image of the Sri Yantra, which contains the creative energy of the Universe.

Thus, both the Vedic scriptures and scientific research confirm the significant power of mantras.

Now let’s take a closer look at each of the 9 planets, what types of energies they represent, what they are responsible for, and the mantras that can help us to align ourselves with their energies.

Planetary Mantras

#1: The Sun

Cosmic Sun Image

Sanskrit name: Surya or Ravi

Day of the week: Sunday

Represents: one’s own Self; the physical body

Responsible for: ego, soul, self-realization, status, individuality, identity, leadership, willfulness, authority, royalty, independence, government

Promotes: absorption of prana and the enkindling if digestive fire (Agni)

Strengthens: the heart, small intestine, blood vessels, bones, and eyesight.

Planetary Mantras

OM SURYAYA NAMAHA

or

OM GHRINI SURYAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: Sun mantras should be chanted 108 times at sunrise on Sunday.

Benefits:
  • promotes health and vitality
  • boosts creativity
  • increases willpower
  • helps in achieving a high social status
  • promotes the ability to make independent decisions
  • gives respect and recognition
  • promotes leadership
  • helps to develop organizational skills
  • promotes self-expression

#2: The Moon

The Worm Full Moon In Libra Image

Sanskrit name: Chandra or Soma

Day of the week: Monday

Represents: the Mind

Responsible for: emotions, changeability, intuition, nurturing, memory, sensitivity, imagination

Promotes: longevity, rejuvenation, peace of mind.

Strengthens: blood, eyesight, stomach, lungs, digestive system.

Moon Mantra

OM SOM SOMAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Moon mantra 108 times at sunrise on Monday

Benefits:
  • promotes emotional balance
  • boosts intelligence
  • improves memory
  • increases imagination
  • develops intuition
  • promotes lucid dreaming
  • helps to develop musical talents;
  • increases empathy

#3: Mars

Planet Mars Image

Sanskrit name: Kuja or Mangala

Day of the week: Tuesday

Represents: Energy

Responsible for: action, anger, courage, strength, initiative, impulsiveness, enemies, aggression, wounds, accidents, surgeries

Promotes: wound healing, physical prowess, cunning, strength, courage

Strengthens: muscles, hemoglobin, marrow, sinew, ligaments

Planetary Mantras

OM KUJAYA NAMAHA

or

OM KRAN KRIN KRON SAH BHAUMAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: Mars mantras should be chanted 108 times at sunrise on Tuesday

Benefits:

  • strengthens the will
  • promotes courage and determination
  • develops leadership and organizational skills
  • boosts endurance
  • helps to develop quick response
  • activates good luck in acquiring property

#4: Mercury

Mercury retrograde Image

Sanskrit name: Budha

Day of the week: Wednesday

Represents: Speech

Responsible for: communication, intellect, logic, business/trades, healing arts, discrimination

Promotes: quality of speech (eloquence and vocabulary), intellect, lustre of skin, dexterity of hands.

Strengthens: nervous system, lungs, skin and mucus membranes.

Planetary Mantras

OM BUDHAYA NAMAHA

or

OM BRAN BRIN BRON SAH BUDHAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Mercury mantras at sunrise on Wednesday

Benefits:
  • helps to develop logical and analytical thinking
  • boosts intellect
  • helps in studying
  • develops communication skills
  • improves public speaking abilities
  • activates good luck in commercial matters

#5: Jupiter

Planet Jupiter Image

Sanskrit name: Guru or Brihaspati

Day of the week: Thursday

Represents: Wisdom

Responsible for: education, dharma, fortune, righteousness, finance, spiritual knowledge, expansion, principles

Promotes: wisdom, intelligence, devotion and physical endurance, reduction of negative astrological influences

Strengthens: liver, gallbladder, glandular system, synovial joints, cartilage

Jupiter Mantra

OM BRIM BRAHASPATYA NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Jupiter mantra 108 times at sunrise on Thursday

Benefits:

#6: Venus

Planet Venus Image

Sanskrit name: Shukra

Day of the week: Friday

Represents: Love

Responsible for: artistry, comfort, pleasure, ability to relate to others, sex and sensuality, flowers, beauty, gems

Promotes: fertility (both male and female), youthful looks, lustre of skin, beauty and strength of eyes, supple limbs

Strengthens: reproductive secretions (semen/ovum), kidneys and urinary systems, eyesight, general immunity

Venus Mantra

OM SHUKRAN SHUKRAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Venus mantra 108 times at sunrise on Friday

Benefits:
  • helps creative expression in music, singing, and visual art
  • increases charm and attractiveness
  • attracts material goods and pleasures
  • helps to build romantic relationships and find happiness in love
  • brings comfort

#7: Saturn

saturn image

Sanskrit name: Shani

Day of the week: Saturday

Represents: Grief

Responsible for: tradition, introversion, duty and responsibility, focus, truth, work, organization, limitations, democracy, asceticism, fairness, karmic lessons

Promotes: endurance, strength, tolerance, detachment, devotion and relief from suffering and pain

Strengthens: teeth, colon, bones, joints

Saturn Mantra

OM SHAN SHANAISCHARAYA NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Shani mantra 108 times at sunrise on Saturday

Benefits:
  • mitigates negative karma
  • boosts concentration
  • increases loyalty
  • helps to develop prudence
  • boosts willpower
  • develops patience
  • promotes organizational and executive qualities
  • attracts patronage of the elderly and influential people

#8: Rahu

planet rahu image

Sanskrit name: Rahu

Day of the week: Saturday

Represents: Excessive ambition

Responsible for: past life karma, strong desires, delusion, resourcefulness, material destiny, toxins, poisonous bites, unusual innovation, foreign people/things, hair loss, addiction to tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.

Rahu Mantra

OM RAM RAHAVE NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Rahu mantra 108 times at sunrise on Saturday

Benefits:
  • helps to find the right direction in life
  • boosts spiritual development
  • purifies past life karma
  • helps to overcome illusions
  • boosts prosperity
  • helps to overcome fears and doubts
  • boosts intuition
  • helps to quit addiction

#9: Ketu

Ketu image

Sanskrit name: Ketu

Day of the week: Tuesday

Represents: Moksha

Responsible for: chaos, separation, rejection, mysticism, intuition, liberation, surprises, humiliation

Ketu Mantra

OM KE KETAVE NAMAHA

Instructions: chant Ketu mantra 108 times at sunrise on Tuesday

Benefits:
  • liberates from the shackles of worldly desires and leads to enlightenment
  • helps to get rid of empty efforts
  • promotes guidance to liberation and wisdom
  • removes obstacles
  • sharpens the perception
  • increases focus and concentration

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there is a planetary mantra for each day of the week. By chanting planetary mantras daily, you will eventually align yourself with all of the 9 planets. Before you start chanting, make sure you say your intention that you can formulate yourself based on the benefits of the mantra described in the article. Let your intention be clear and sincere. Ask the energy of the planet to come into resonance with you for your highest good. Very soon you will notice that you started seeing your life from a higher perspective and your energy will become more harmonious.

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