Tara Who Bestows Supreme Powers

Arya-mara-mardaneshvari-Tara, Tara Who Bestows Supreme Powers (Dbang mchog ster ba’i Sgrol ma)

Homage to her, the swift fearsome one,
Who vanquishes the most tenacious of maras.
When she knits her brows on her lotus face,
She defeats all enemies, without exception.

On a stacked seat of red lotus, moon and sea-monster, from RE appears Yellow Tara with one face and four arms. The first pair of hands hold a branch of an Asoka tree and a lotus. The other pair hold a jewel with the wish-granting gesture and a flask. The lord of the type is Amogasiddhi.

She is fierce, and her specialty is the completion stage practice. Here, we pay homage to her ability to destroy the four maras, or negative forces. The first mara is death, which severs this precious human life. The second is the five contaminated aggregates, which form our samsara. The third is our afflictions — disturbing attitudes and negative emotions — and the fourth is an external being called the son of the gods.

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

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