Day four in a seven-part series of short musings.
In the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, Tara is a beloved saviouress. She is everywhere, and she arrives in an instant to those who cry out to her. She is the Compassionate One, the Mother of all Buddhas, and the one who destroys all suffering. Tara is there by our side to lovingly carry us out of the darkness of the Eight Great Fears.
There are connections between the heart and Tara which present as powerful synchronicities. According to some legend, this Ascended Master first hailed from the mysterious Sirius star system. Her planet was called Karnak which has been translated to mean “secret chambers of the heart”. In an earlier post, available by clicking here, I wrote about the heart as a mansion, within which are many glorious spaces. Perhaps these are the chambers of the very heart of God, Himself–a home which we have been so sweetly and lovingly offered by Jesus. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2 KJVA.)
Fear is a devastating condition. It strikes deep within the heart, and courses through the body like poison. Fear is a curse upon the holiness of humanity. “For the man was so compassed with fear and horror of the body, that it was manifest to them that looked upon him, what sorrow he had now in his heart.” (2 Maccabees 3:17 KJVA.) The Holy Bible speaks of fear in such graphic language, but also indicates that fearing God is necessary to enter The Kingdom. What kind of fear so distorts the human experience and makes it wrought with agony, yet still creates a holy and acceptable existence in the sight of God? The Eight Great Fears is a timeless list that is applicable to humans and indicates elements that can quite clearly be considered choices. They are: ignorance, attachment, hatred, arrogance, jealousy, miserliness, doubt, and projections. The Eight Great Fears are the root of all suffering, from which all people can be healed. In the end, suffering is illusion, and this planet of humans has manifested a debilitating addiction to suffering.
So what of God’s directive of fear? Is this simply a translation that has morphed? In the Holy Bible, fear is described in mysterious ways:
“The fear of the Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life.” (Ecclesiasticus 1:12 KJVA.)
“Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” (Isaiah 60:5 KJVA.)
“And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face.” (The Three Holy Children 1:18 KJVA.)
Thus we seek relief from fear, yet also we benefit from it. God wishes us to be at once fearful and joyous? Fear leads us to greatness, and can destroy the spirit. For these mysteries, there is an answer. Saint Paul shows us the blessings that we experience as the fear is remediated. The Eight Great Fears are truly the most damaging engagements of the mind. The understanding of The Fears, the open-hearted journey into God, and the merging of all paths through the narrow gate produces the long awaited for fruit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJVA.)
Finally, let us talk about the symbolism of the color green. This color represents the heart chakra. The chakras are the unseen energy centers of the human. A healthy heart chakra spins like a cyclone of love, generosity, joy, and, above all, compassion. Compassion is the singular purpose of the Bodhisattva Tara. Her mission is to carry the compassion of an Enlightened One to all people. Her green skin is depicted in many varieties of art, and represents the verdant nature of love. The emerald ray, attended by the Archangel Gabriel, is said to be the place of revelation for all humans. And, finally, the Jade Room connects us to Tara, as it is a place within the hidden dimension of Telos at Mount Shasta. All who enter the Jade Room are healed and whole, as all fears are dispelled from the heart.
A word about mantras. A mantra is a healing sound. It is a tone of great power. In the previous essay of this series, I wrote about “Om” as God’s tone of creation (read that here). Summon Green Tara by chanting her mantra. When you speak her name, she answers your call and appears immediately in your presence to liberate you from all fear.
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha