Golden-Colored Tara

Arya-kanaka-varna-Tara, Golden Colored Tara, (Gsum pa user mdog can gym Sgrol ma), for prolonging life

Homage to her, adorned by a lotus,
Whose hand is holding a golden blue lotus.
Perseverance, fortitude, and giving,
Patience, and samadhi are the scope of her action.

On a lotus and moon, from RE appears Yellow Tara, with one face and ten arms. Her right hands hold rosary, sword, arrow, vajra and staff. Her left hands hold silk ribbon, noose, lotus, bell and bow. The lord of the type is Ratnasambhava.

She’s gold in color because her specialty is prolonging life and increasing resources, wisdom, and positive potential. The color gold is usually associated with the activity of increase, just as white is associated with pacifying.

This verse praises her color, her hand gestures, and her causes. As mentioned, her golden color illustrates increasing everything positive and useful in life and in Dharma practice. In her left hand, she holds an open lotus that symbolizes her enlightened state and her perfection of the ten far-reaching attitudes. Sometimes six far-reaching attitudes are mentioned and sometimes they’re elaborated as ten. Six of them are listed here: giving (generosity), effort, ethics, patience, concentration, and wisdom. The other four are aspiration (prayer or vow), power, method, and exalted wisdom.

Iconography by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
21 Taras by Indian artist VV Sarpar.

Sources: Khyentse Foundation.
“How To Free Your Mind” by Thubten Chodron.