There are literally thousands of representations of the Goddess Arya Tara to be found on the internet, in print form and as statues. She is the oldest Goddess still worshiped extensively in modern times and can be found in pretty much every cultural back story on the planet. Of all the images of Tara out there, which ones are bringing meaning to your life right now, and why?
You know those gorgeous postcards art galleries send out when a new exhibit is going to take place? Well, I have a number of them displayed on my desk at any given time and piles of them in my ‘inspiration’ files in my studio. I collect them whenever I visit a gallery and want to take home a piece of the artist’s work but can’t afford an actual painting. Just looking at these treasures brings me joy and reminds me of all the beauty being created in the world. On, or is that ‘in’, my computer, I also have a file of images of the Goddess Arya Tara that I like to wander through whenever I need a spiritual fix. I’m a very visual person and seeing the Goddess in her many colourful depictions makes it easier for me to feel her warmth and her message.
I was thinking last week that we needed to display our own modern version of Tara more prominently on Tara Cronica and that’s what prompted me to ask Tracy and Bonnie about the images of Tara that inspire them right now, and why.
This image of the White Tara has been jumping out at me each time I enter my Tara file and so I wanted to figure out why. I love the colour choices, but I knew there must be a reason why I’ve been especially drawn to it, besides that fact that it reminds me so much of our own design by Akiko Michael. I’m curious as to why her leg isn’t outstretched like a typical Tara, ready to jump up and offer help at a moment’s notice, or set to travel upon the road to enlightenment. Does that mean I’m not ready? Am I analyzing this waaaay too much?
I was a bit shocked when I read that White Tara doesn’t work (I may be at home but I think I do work)! She “doesn’t step off her lotus like Green Tara does, but just by ‘being’ she shows her compassion and good things come from that”. She is also known for helping her followers overcome obstacles. So, maybe being at home playing on the computer is my way of showing how much I love interacting with people? Maybe a touch of what I write hits home and allows others to feel more connected, even if I’m just talking about shoes. We all go through those times when you question everything you’re doing and if it’s making any sense, and so I’m going to look at White Tara as a sign that I AM doing something right and stop doubting myself! Anyway, that’s what’s been on my mind. Love you all! Thanks, Tara!
Jacquie has asked us to find one of our favourite images of any of the colourful Taras and tell what inspires us most about the Goddess right now and why.
I thought it would be difficult to choose but I was immediately drawn to this picture of Green Tara.
Green Tara represents compassion. Compassion has been coming up a lot for me lately so this beautiful aspect of Arya Tara is an easy choice for me at this time.
When the Buddha was asked “Would it be true to say that the cultivation of loving kindness and compassion is a part of our practice?” The Buddha replied, “No. It would not be true to say that the cultivation of loving kindness and compassion is part of our practice. It would be true to say that the cultivation of loving kindness and compassion is all of our practice.”
One of my favourite quotes is by the Dalai Lama when has said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” I love that!
I also love that in this depiction of Green Tara she emanates light. She is, after all, the archetype of Inner Wisdom and the Goddess of Spiritual Travel along the road to Enlightenment. No wonder she glows!
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha!
My favorite Arya Tara picture is the one we had drawn by the artist Akiko Michael. We gave Akiko a few web links to pictures of Arya Tara and asked her to come up with a simplified drawing of Tara that would be unique to our site. The simple clean line reflect what I love about our Tara.
I love that she is seated among a bed of flowers. Tara inspires me to live my life authentically and be true to myself. Arya Tara crossed my path at a pivotal time in my life. She was also a “Critical Choice” in my life. What I love most about her is that she is the “Goddess of Spiritual Travel along the road to enlightenment.” Tara is an archetype of our own inner wisdom. She guides and protects us as we navigate the depths of our unconscious minds, helping us to transform consciousness, our own personal journeys of freedom.
It is the goddess Tara who helps us to remain “centered”. The myths of the Goddess Tara remind us of our “oneness” with all of creation and the importance of nurturing the spirit within.
Tara is completely pure and joyful in her endless giving, generosity, patience, and wisdom. She is not jealous of other deities! Jealousy is a sign of insecurity, not a sign of love!
I have grown and and unfolded in many ways since meeting her for the first time. Tara was our choice for representing us here at Tara Cronica for so many reasons, if you visit Goddess Tara’s bio page you will see all the reasons we chose her to represent us, as our Goddess.
I just came across another gorgeous Tara that I couldn’t resist sharing with you! There are so many beautiful pictures of Tara it’s hard to pick just one! Enjoy !