Guru Senge Dradrok subdues the irrational energies of black magic, curses & hexes, dispelling bad omens, weird vibes, nightmares, or anything that might be too far out there. In Orissa, he destroyed a lingam with a bolt from his fingertips, ending animal sacrifices in the area. He symbolizes the power to neutralize both visible and invisible beings and to avert natural disasters. The wrathful display of Guru ‘Lion’s Roar’ is totally grounded in love and compassion for all sentient beings. (Taken from @ogmin’s pinterest board.)
The story of Tara’s origin, according to the Tara Tantra, recounts that eons ago she was born as a king’s daughter, and as a compassionate princess, she regularly gave offerings and prayers to the ordained monks and nuns. The monks told her that, because of her spiritual attainments, they would pray that she be reborn as a man and spread the Buddha’s teachings. She responded that there was no male and no female, that nothing existed in reality, and that she wished to remain in female form to serve other beings until everyone reached enlightenment. In that small teaching we have a tiny glimpse of Dzogchen, and we see Tara as perhaps the first feminist.
In the fullness of time the princess grew old and died. She was then born as Tara from the compassionate tears of Avalokiteshvara, who is known as Chenrezig in Tibet. Avalokiteshvara, the Lord of Compassion, was looking down on the world of suffering beings, and he wept to see that no matter how hard he tried to relieve all their suffering, more and more beings were in distress. From the tears streaming down his face, a beautiful white lotus manifested in a clear blue lake, and on top of the lotus was a beautiful goddess who had come to help him relieve the suffering of the world. She was now the Bodhisattva of Compassion, a Buddha in Light Form, who would come swiftly to the aid of whoever called Her name.
We call Her name right here, right now, to come to the aid of our weary world. So in need of Her Wisdom and Compassion.
Om Tare Tutare Sure Soha!
“The spiritual force of Padmasambhava as expressed in his manifestation as Dorje Trollo is a direct message that no longer knows any question. It just happens. There is no room for making a home out of this. There is just spiritual energy going on that is real dynamite. If you distort it, you are destroyed on the spot. If you are actually able to see it, then you are right there with it. It is ruthless. At the same time, it is compassionate, because it has all this energy in it. The pride of being in the state of crazy wisdom is tremendous. But there is a loving quality to it as well. Can you imagine being hit by love and hate at the same time? In crazy wisdom, we are hit with compassion and wisdom at the same time, without a chance of analyzing them. There’s no time to think, there’s no time to work things out at all. It is there – but at the same time, it isn’t there. And at the same time, also, it is a big joke”
Quote from CRAZY WISDOM by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche