Tara

Who is the Goddess Tara?

The mantra that we suggest to use during the ritual of gifting your moonblood is a mantra for Tara. Tara is the Goddess of Wisdom and Compassion and she helps all beings in times of need. A mantra for Tara makes the offering of our moonblood even more right, powerful and connected with the divine energy.

Tara is the Goddess of endless Compassion. One of the most important aspects of Tara is her immediate action in times of danger. Full of compassion, she is the quickest to render aid. Therefore Tara is always invoked in situations of fear, danger, disease, pandemic, catastrophe, nuisance, war… She is the Savior and the Protector.

The name Tara comes from the Sanskrit root “tr”, which means “to cross” or “to bring across”. It refers to Tara as a helper to overcome a difficult situation. It is also believed that the name Tara comes from the Sanskrit “taraka”, which means “star”. Tara is the star or light that guides us through every difficult situation and emergency.

 

“Tr” is also present in “Tree”, the English word for tree. It is the trees that could use our help. It is to the trees that we wish to bestow our life-giving moonblood. They are the trees we want to save and protect. That is why we invite you to recite the mantra of Tara as you give your blood to the Earth.

 

There is a special mantra for the Goddess Tara: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soham

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What is a mantra?

A mantra is a sequence of special sounds and vibrations that are repeated to purify and heal space, body, mind and consciousness with divine energy. “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soham” is an ancient sacred formula that calls upon the powerful energy of Tara. If you bring your awareness to the meaning of the words, the mantra becomes even stronger.

What does this Tara mantra mean?

Here is the meaning of the Tara mantra, in the words of Bernagchen Rangjung Gyalmo:

 

Om is the sacred sound that represents the entire universe, past, present and future. Tare/Tara is she who saves from suffering and danger. 

Tuttare means protection. 

Ture brings fulfillment to the spiritual path by developing all the positive qualities and purifying all our negativities. 

Soha translates as “so be it”, “may it be so” or “may a blessing be upon”.

 

This page is created with special thanks to Antoaneta Gotea from Hridaya Yoga in France.

Here are versions of the Tara Mantra to inspire you

Listen to the mantra and read the Buddhist version of Tara’s legend here:

There are many beautiful musical versions of the Tara Mantra. Feel free to choose the version that resonates with you the most.

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