After that, inviting Arya Tara.
It says here in the sadhana:
With this prayer we are inviting Arya Tara, who is born from the green letter TAM and who liberates living beings with the green letter TAM! This doesn’t make much sense! But it is a poem. The words are not telling the meaning directly. It is a poem.
It is similar to reading the Sutra of the Praises to the Twenty-one Taras – you won’t understand it clearly because it is a poem, and does not tell the meaning directly but indirectly.
Arya Tara is born from the green letter TAM. The green letter TAM is symbolic of the wind element of all Buddhas. The real meaning of Tara being born from the green letter TAM is that Arya Tara is born from the wind element of all Buddhas, as explained in her story in the Sutra.
Through Avalokiteshvara’s compassion for all living beings, tears fell from his eyes and touched the ground, and from that Arya Tara appeared. How? Because all the wind elements of all the Buddhas appeared in the aspect of Arya Tara. So then she said to Avalokiteshvara, `Don’t worry, I will do your job’.
Her ability to liberate living beings is specifically much quicker than other Buddhas because she is the wind element. The function of wind is to move quickly everywhere - there is nothing quicker than wind. Even our mind goes immediately everywhere through the force of wind, inner wind. Inner wind cannot be obstructed by walls anywhere.
Therefore, Avalokiteshvara’s compassion caused the wind elements of all Buddhas to appear in the aspect of Arya Tara, so therefore, Arya Tara is born from the wind elements of all Buddhas. So her being born from the green letter TAM means she is born from the wind elements of all Buddhas. This is the meaning. It is a poem
And her liberating all living beings with the light of the letter TAM also means that she liberates living beings through the power of the wind elements of all Buddhas. The light of the letter TAM means the power of the wind elements of all Buddhas. She liberates living beings quickly through using the wind elements of all Buddhas. Therefore, her power comes from the wind elements of all Buddhas.
The light of the letter TAM means the special power of the wind elements of all the Buddhas. Tara is using this power to liberate living beings quickly – every day, each and every living being. She alone cannot give us permanent liberation, as living beings from their own side also need to apply effort; but every day, to each and every living being, she gives temporary liberation from different particular sufferings and problems.
Everybody, including animals and human beings, individually we experience liberation from many different particular problems and sufferings. For example, right now if we check, we are experiencing liberation from the sufferings of poverty, the sufferings of hunger and thirst, the sufferings of fighting and war, the suffering of death, and so forth. All these are temporary liberations of course, not permanent, but these temporary liberations are also very important for us.
Where does this temporary liberation come from? We see for example so many millions and millions experiencing suffering in hospitals. We are now experiencing liberation from this suffering. Why? Who is liberating us from heavy, different diseases and illnesses?
Right now we are experiencing liberation from these. Although it is not permanent liberation, it is temporary liberation. We are experiencing liberation from many different particular sufferings and problems.
For example, we know how many sufferings and problems animals experience. We are free from this. We are now experiencing this liberation. We experience liberation from lower rebirth -- the suffering of animals, hell beings, and so forth. We are experiencing liberation from countless particular sufferings, dangers, and problems. Who is liberating us? Who is the liberator?
From the moment we were born from our mothers, every day our mother liberated us from illness, from hunger, from thirst, from accidents, from death, and so forth. From that time we have continually experienced many many liberations from particular problems.
For example, yesterday I said who is this mother who is liberating us every day from death? If our mother had ignored us, we would have died. If our mother had not given us food, we would have become hungry, and so forth. If our mother had not cared for us, we would be suffering.
Who is this liberator? Who is our liberator? Our mother that we normally see does not exist, so who is this? Arya Tara. You can come to the conclusion that it is Arya Tara.
Like this, every single living being receives protection and liberation, even though they do not receive permanent liberation directly because permanent liberation also depends upon effort in Dharma practice from your side! Listening to teachings and practising. But everybody receives temporary liberation.
Therefore, Tara is liberating living beings using the power of the wind elements of all Buddhas. So then, in this respect she is more powerful than Avalokiteshvara, for this particular reason, because she is the wind element. The movement of wind is very quick.
For this auspiciousness, living beings receive Tara’s protection and blessings very quickly.