Mommy Mantra: Calling Tara!

Adventures in Buddhism 5/5/2013
by Alexandra Angeloch

Mommy Mantra: Calling Tara!
“You get your strength from this red earth of Tara, Scarlett. You’re part of it and it’s part of you.” — Rhett Butler

om tare tuttare ture soha

Into the night, I find myself looking up the meaning of the mantra for Tara, the Great Protectress. When we call Tara’s name, she is immediately at our side to aid in the relief of all forms of suffering, spiritual, physical, and mental. She is known as the Great Mother.

With my own mother falling into rapid disrepair, it is interesting to note that the Tara mantra was the first thing that came to mind when desperation hit earlier this week.

Mom, who has advancing Alzheimers, decided to take a walk five miles from her home. Ooops! She forgot that she doesn’t know her way from the bathroom to the kitchen. Thankfully, the police in the town where she wandered were alerted. Even more thankfully, she had her fanny pack on her with her house key inside, labeled with her address. A relative was contacted, and she was safely delivered home. However, no more private time for her! Oh no. Mom needed watching, 24 hours, like a slowly dripping hourglass, until other arrangements could be made.

om tare tuttare ture soha.

I prayed to Tara. Babysitting my mother all day, whose favorite activity is to ask the same question 12000 times, I needed back up. I needed not to lose my temper. I needed to be patient and kind. And I needed, needed to get her into a nursing home fast.

She had reached a sudden new level of decline in the last few weeks. She did not know my name, thought my name was her name. She did not know what the word “daughter” meant. Or “mother.”

om tare tuttare ture soha.

The mantra calmed me. As my mother watched TV and asked, “Do you have one of these machines?” , I saw Green Tara, floating in her orange halo of rescue and compassion. Tara, who is sometimes depicted with eyes in the palms of her hands so that she will see every single being who is suffering. Tara, the kind and benevolent mother, the mother I sometimes had, the mother who is now leaving.

om

The Tara mantra contains layers of meaning, but roughly translated means, “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones”
(from http://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/green-tara-mantra.html)

Tara frees us from the suffering of life.
Tara,Oh Tara, shepherd us now, as we travel into this new darkness.

And, Happy Mother’s Day.

copyright 2013

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