Monday, February 16, 2009

Homage To The 21 Taras-English Version

Homage To The 21 Taras-English Version

To Great, Noble Tara, I bow down.
1 (Taraas All)
I praise the Fearless, the Swift One, Protector, whose glance is sheet-lightning.
On the face of Chenrezi, she is born from a tear as a bud from a lotus.

2 (Red Tara).
She of the face like the full moons of autumn
that blazes the light of the stars in their thousands.

3 (White Tara).
I praise the Body, all turquoise and golden; Whose hand is adorned with the lotus, most perfect,
Whose realm is most generous, diligent, simple. Peaceful and patient, she sits in meditation.

4 (Greenish Tara).
Seated above the heads of all Buddhas, resplendent in joyous and infinite triumph,
Deeply honoured by all Bodhisattvas, She is perfect in all of the virtues transcendent.

5 (White Tara).
With ‘Tutare’ and ‘Hung!’ she imbues this world, all ten directions and infinite space.
And trampling seven worlds under her feet, she is able to summon them all to her place.

6 (Orange Tara).
I praise the One to whom great gods make toasts.
She is honored by spirits, and demons, and ghosts.

7 (Reddish Black tara).
I hail the One, who by ‘Treh’ and by ‘Peh!’ undoes all the plots of conspiring foes;
Who wrapped in the fire that rages around her, with right leg retracted and left one extended, Tramples the evil ones under her toes.

8 (Black Tara).
I praise the Swift, the One who is Fearsome who with terrible aspect defeats boldest demons.
Her lotus face angrily frowns down upon them so all foes are vanquished, not a single remains.

9 (Blackish Red Tara).
I sing the praises of Her whose hand forms the Triple Gem mudra right at her heart.
In her grasp the Dharma Wheel spins out its light in all the directions and to every part.

10 (White Tara).
On her brow she wears radiant joy like a tiara
charming demons and gods with her laugh of Tutara.

11 (Red Tara).
She can summon the guards of this world of desire. With wrathful expression, when Hung! does she utter,
she liberates everyone, no more to suffer.

12 (Dark Orange Tara).
She wears the crescent moon as a diadem;
and shining atop her hair clustered in curls Rests the Buddha Amida, the ornament on them.

13 (Orange Tara).
She is the Focus of the flaming garland as the darkening kalpa draws to its close.
With right leg extended and left one drawn in, for those who rejoice in the Dharma Wheel’s turning, She is the one who defeats all their foes.

14 (Red Tara).
Full force to her palm, she strikes the universe’ base.
Crying Hung! with a frown as she stamps it down, She subdues all the denizens of seven levels of that nether place.

15 (Reddish Black Tara).
I salute Lady Peace, Dame Perfection and Bliss; her realm is Nirvana.
Between Om! and Swaha! all blemishes vanish by means of her mantra.*
*Om,Tare Tutare Ture Soha.

16 (White Tara).
All hail the conquering opponent of those who rejoice as the Wheel of the Dharma goes round.
She liberates by means of the radiant light From the Hung! in the ring of the ten-syllable sound.

17 (Red Tara).
I praise The Swift-footed. Hung! is her seed.
Shaker of Meru, Mandara, Kailash, Stamping and trampling three worlds with her feet.

18 (Orange Tara).
She bears the hare-marked moon, lake of the devas.
And by twice saying ‘Tara’ And then saying, ‘P'hey’, She removes all contaminants, poisons or kleshas.

19 (White Tara).
She whom gods, titans and spirits attend, Can dispel any terrors that come in dark hours,
A proof against Chaos, her beauty has powers.

20(White Tara).
Shining, her eyes like the sun and full moon, By twice saying ‘Hara’ and then, ‘Tutarahyi’,
She can put paid the deadly, the wide-raging plague.

21 (Orange Tara).
This great dharani ~ this is Her song: The Praises to Tara, all twenty-one!
*Om,Tare Tutare Ture Soha.

The hymn is called the 21 Homages to Tara or 21 Hymns but also, The Twenty-one Taras, since each of the stanzas describes not only an aspect but an image of her.

At least one version of this well-known "hymn" has an extra or introductory stanza that is inserted before the first Praise. It is a summary. See Advice below. (The Praises are each numbered here at the end of every transliterated Tibetan stanza.) The recitation of these Praises is a daily practice for many Tibetans and also other practitioners.

Refuge vows, and the Tara empowerment from an accredited teacher is required for doing the complete liturgy with offerings. Anyone, though, can read, chant or sing the 21 Praises.

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