Tara: Buddhist Goddess in Green and White
From Religion Facts
What is Tara?
Tara (Sanskrit, “star”) is a Buddhist savior-goddess especially popular in Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. In Tibet, where Tara is the most important deity, her name is Sgrol-ma, meaning “she who saves.” The mantra of Tara (om tare tuttare ture svaha) is the second most common mantra heard in Tibet, after the mantra of Chenrezi (om mani padme hum).
The goddess of universal compassion, Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother’s love for her children. She also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment. Continue reading
The Kundalini Serpent (Eighth Chakra)
Written by Andy Lloyd, 2002
In my essay ‘The Secret Knowledge of Nibiru’ I described the possible connection between the Dark Star and the Eighth Sphere of the Theosophists (1). It seems that this Eighth Sphere was once a closely guarded secret of Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophy school, itself an already rather esoteric discipline. However, the Theosophist A.P. Sinnett publically drew attention to a belief held by Inner Order esotericists about an invisible Sphere which was counter-balanced by the Moon (2). This revelation isn’t exactly news, of course, as Sinnett’s faux-pas was made at the end of the 19th Century. But it may have some relevance to my own research into possible ancient Dark Star symbols contained within esoteric lore.
On the face of it this piece of esoteric trivia doesn’t exactly set the world alight. Until the significance of the counter-balancing of the Moon is considered. In Alchemy, Luna Continue reading
In Vajrayana Buddhism, an Ishta-deva or Ishta-devata (Sanskrit: इष्टदेवता) (Yidam in Tibetan) is a fully enlightened being who is the focus of personal meditation, during a retreat or for life. The term is often translated into English as tutelary deity, meditation deity, or meditational deity. The Ishta-deva appears in the ‘Inner’ refuge formula of the Three Roots and is also the key element of Deity Yoga since the ‘deity’ in the yoga is the Ishta-deva.
Nomenclature and etymology
The Sanskrit word iṣṭadevatā or iṣṭadevaḥ is a compound of iṣṭa (desired, liked, reverenced) + devatā (a deity or divine being). It is defined by V. S. Apte as “a favorite god, one’s tutelary deity.” Though this term is used in many popular books on Buddhist Tantra, the Continue reading
The Three Roots (Tib. tsawa sum; Wyl. rtsa ba gsum) are:
- yidam, and
“[They are] the inner refuge of the Secret Mantrayana. They are like the root or the basis for all the positive accumulations until you attain enlightenment.”
According to the Vajrayana,
- the lama is seen as the Buddha,
- the yidam as the Dharma, and
- the khandro as the Sangha.
As it says in the Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro Refuge:
- “Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are in reality lama, yidam and khandro.”
Three Roots Practices
In the Nyingma tradition, once we have accomplished the ngöndro, we Continue reading
Witchcraft of Tibetan Lamaism
Tibetan Lamaism,witchcraft is an indispensable component, without it there will be no much left in its doctrines. Most of Tibetan black magics are designed to destroy political opponents, in which demon spirits are enlisted as the main attacking force.
The following are some voodoo arts detailed in a classic Lamaist work Secret Art of Mantra Chanting to Invoke Composed Angry Spirit:
If you want to destroy your foe, you can position Continue reading
When Dalai Lama Ruled: Hell on Earth
This article was published by Revolutionary Worker on February 22, 1998 at “revcom.us/a/firstvol/tibet/tibet2.htm”. The following are the excerpts […]:
Hard Climate, Heartless Society
At the time of the revolution, the population of Tibet was extremely spread out. Villages, monasteries and nomad encampments were often separated by many days of difficult travel. Continue reading