The senior spiritual-being known as Tara is known to Wayists, Buddhists (mostly Mahayana) and Hindus. She is described as a goddess, bodhisattva, deva, mother of buddhas (she makes buddhas of people), saviour, and so on.
There are many forms of Tara, in Tibet they have twenty-one forms. The Wayist be reminded personalities/qualities of gods and bodhisattvas are given to us to use in our inner visualizations, qualities we try to “own” as inner quality. We can never know and never pretend to know the person of another being, even more so the person, qualities of a divine being.
Mari was a formidable Wayist. She spent more time in close companionship and learning at the feet of Lord than any other human being. Mari worked alongside the Lord in many different countries over a period of about 12 years. During the Lord’s temporary departure to Heaven, while thousands of Wayists waited for the Lord’s return, Mari worked among women and children in Egypt, Africa and India. Mari, acting as an envoy of the Lord was an unstoppable feminist. She worked all her life to liberate women from oppression — not so much societal and religious oppression that self-imposed oppression that comes from many generations of culturally conditioned thinking.
Upon the Lord’s return as the glorious Saviour of all Humankind, as he was lauded in Mahayana Buddhism and Wayism in the 1st century, Mari was raptured into Heaven where she was made to attend at the Great Heavenly Council. There, the Lord called on her to approach the Council and He gave her a choice of what spiritual powers she wishes for. The Lord explained that she would continue to work alongside Him for the liberation of all humankind, and that she may wish for extraordinary superhuman powers to help her in the task. Mari though about that for some time, and at last declared, “I want the power of a woman, my Lord.” Mari was changed into the immensely powerful spiritual being we now know as Tara.
For Wayists, Tara is the ultimate feminist, mother and devotee of the Lord.
Tara works on all levels, all of the time.
In iconography Tara can be naked or clad like a poor woman, wearing only a skirt, ready to do manual labor as was the custom of her time. Another reason why Tara is depicted as a voluptuous woman, sometimes overtly so, is because of her stance and advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for women. Tara inspired several 2nd and 4th century schools for girls, nunneries and even monasteries that recruited only ex-prostitutes as nuns.
In her Yang-type form as White Tara, she is light, representing daylight, directive, active, gives teaching, she removes stumbling blocks and constructs scenarios to help us.
White Tara is sometimes confused with iconography of the Lord because people forget to look for the symbols. Her lotus flower is different in colour that the dusty-rose colour lotus of the Lord. She does not have the Father of Heaven in her crown. She is subservient to the Lord and is often portrayed lower or smaller than the Lord.
In her yin form as Green Tara, she is dark, representing moonlight, her power is in knowing the hearts of beings good and bad, she hears thoughts, feels our fears and sorrows, and she removes obstacles of the soul-mind like depression, anger, fear, loneliness, etc.
Tara works, as shown in her iconography, on the spiritual plane between heaven and earth . She seems to float. From there, she has free and easy access to us and our world. She also works with us in soul-heaven. Her movement between therse spheres of consciousness is often symbolized by flowing drapes around her body.
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