Om Tara Tu Tara Tu Ray Swaha

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Om Tara Tu Tara Tu Ray Swaha Mean?

Om Tara tu Tara tu ray swaha is an ancient mantra used in Tibetan Buddhism as a way of honoring Tara, the protector or “Mother of all Buddhas.” This mantra can be used as a main mantra to salute all 21 major forms of Tara, but it is particularly associated with Tara in her Green Tara form, which is connected with enlightenment and abundance. Om Tara tu Tara tu ray swaha is one of the most significant and most commonly chanted mantras in Tibetan Buddhism, and is used to attract help, compassion, strength and healing.

Om Tara tu Tara tu ray swaha can be translated as “I prostrate to Tara the liberator, mother of all the victorious ones.”


Yogapedia Explains Om Tara Tu Tara Tu Ray Swaha

Green Tara — to whom the mantra is devoted — is generally depicted as a deeply compassionate being, always ready to give comfort and provide protection from physical, mental and spiritual suffering. The first Dalai Lama said that Green Tara can be called upon to save individuals from the eight dangers, each of which symbolize a human challenge. These are:

  1. Lions, which symbolize pride;
  2. Wild elephants, which represent delusion or ignorance;
  3. Forest fires, which represent hatred;
  4. Snakes, which symbolize jealousy;
  5. Robbers, which represent false or fanatical views;
  6. Prisons, which symbolize greed;
  7. Floods, which represent attachment; and
  8. Demons, which symbolize the doubts that arise from delusion.

The Dalai Lama was teaching that the mantra is to be used not only for help in solving problems or asking for healing, but also for the deeper purpose of finding liberation from the delusions and negative experiences that prevent enlightenment.

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