SOLD Green Tara (prints available)
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35cm x 55cm 19/04/2016
Original silk painting. Very simple depiction of one of the most beloved figures of the Buddhist pantheon - Green Tara, ready to action whenever called upon. Her Mantra
Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā
"The mantra could be rendered as “OM! O Tara! I entreat you, O Tara! O swift one! Hail!
"Tara, whose name means “star” or “she who ferries across,” is a Bodhisattva of compassion who manifests in female form. In Tibetan, Tara is known as “Dölma” (Sgrol-ma), or “She Who Saves.” In particular she represents compassion in action, since she’s in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.The syllable Om has no conceptual meaning, and is sound representing the entire universe, past present and future
Tara means “star,” “planet,” or “she who ferries across.” She is a bodhisattva embodying compassion in the female form of a young goddess. She is often considered to be such an advanced bodhisattva that she is actually a Buddha.
Tara’s name is said to derive from the verb meaning “to cross” or “to traverse”. In Pali the verbtarati means “to get to the other side.” This word is cognate with the Latin “trans” (across). The word Tara also literally means “star.”
An interesting overlap between these two senses is the use of stars in navigation. The Pole Star, used at least for millennia to guide travelers, was known as Dhruva-Tara (the immovable star). Tara becomes a focal point on the far shore that helps us guide our lives in a safe direction. We can take her enlightened qualities of wisdom and compassion as our guide, moment by moment, as we navigate our lives.
A third meaning of “tara” is “the pupil of the eye,” again suggesting a focal point and conveying a sense that Tara watches over those who navigate the treacherous waters of life in search of the further shore of liberation.
Tara’s name in Tibetan is Dölma, which means “She Who Saves.” She is seen as guarding against the Eight Great Terrors of lions, elephants, fire, snakes, robbers, imprisonment, shipwreck or drowning, and man-eating demons. In each case these terrors are symbolic of spiritual dangers. For example, the First Dalai Lama described the demons against which Tara offers protection as being our self-consuming spiritual doubts."
excerpt, with thanks, from http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara
The ahimsa silk has been eco dyed, then painted using a mixture of Dupont steam fix dyes and silk paints. The original has been pasted on to heavy weight artist paper (20" x 13") with high grade, non yellowing varnish and ready to frame in a 11' by 15" (internal of) matting.
The ahimsa silk has been eco dyed, then painted using a mixture of Dupont steam fix dyes, heat fix silk paints and sometimes some fabric metallic highlights. The original paintings of 20" x 13" (33cm x 55cm approx) have been pasted on to heavy weight artist paper with high grade, non yellowing varnish and ready to frame in, typically, a 11' by 15" matting (internal measurement of matting). Larger paintings are stretched over a canvas and varnished in the same way as the smaller paintings with the same product, but will come ready to hang.
Sale of painting stretched over heavy weight artist's paper.
Framed image is for demonstration purposes only and is not included in the sale.