What is the name of Tara in Sanskrit

Tantra of the 21 Taras

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The meaning of Tare:

Out of this large number of different appearances, the one on which we will now concentrate specifically is the tara, which is one of the most extraordinary appearances described in all classes of tantras. Tara, or Drölma in Tibetan, is a widespread, well-known deity, both in the Great Vehicle and on the Path of Tantras, and is commonly known as the embodiment of the activities of the Buddhas.

The name Tara comes from the Sanskrit syllable tra. The syllable tra means protect, save. So the name is Tare as Liberator to translate and the name alone is very meaningful. Just as this syllable tra, this name Tara, is to be translated from its meaning as liberator, this syllable also in the mantra of Tara means that which liberates; that which frees beings from all suffering.

The mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE can be translated as follows:

Liberator, very liberator, ultimate liberator.

It is, so to speak, an intensification of this invocation as a liberator. This threefold invocation as a liberator also corresponds to the lamrim, the steps on the way to enlightenment. So this mantra can be said to contain all of the lamrim.

Tara is seen as the most effective liberation from the dangers in this life and the following existences; as a liberator from eight dangers: dangers from water, fire, wild animals like elephants, snakes and lions, also dangers like thieves and the danger of getting into captivity, and also dangers from evil beings in the form of spirits. Tara is known to be extremely quick to protect beings from these dangers.

Tara is best known not only as a quick liberator from these eight kinds of dangers, but also as a liberator from other inconveniences such as poverty, illness and so on. That is, by invoking Tara, meditating with Tara and reciting the corresponding mantras, the negative impressions that are responsible for these experiences are cleared up. This is how one finds freedom from such experiences. In this way Tara frees a person from the dangers of this life and those of the existences that follow. This is what is meant in the mantra with the first liberator (TARE).

In the second part it is called very liberator (TUTTARE): This refers to the fact that Tara also frees an existence that is conditioned by general dangers, from the causes that are responsible for conditioned existence, such as the eight inner dangers, the eight specific delusions, who are responsible for existence in conditioned existence.

Because just as there are eight external dangers, there are eight corresponding internal dangers. These are the fire of anger, the water of desire, the lion of pride, the serpent of jealousy, the elephant of ignorance, the fetters of avarice, the thief of false beliefs, and the ghosts of negative doubt.

These are not just any little delusions, they are big, grave delusions that are responsible for the whole of conditioned existence. By seeking refuge in Tara, reciting the mantra, practicing meditations and sadhanas of Tara, one has the opportunity to overcome these great delusions and thus gain freedom from these dangers.