Blue Tara, or Ekajati, one of the 21 Taras, is a wrathful, female energy who destroys all learning hindrances, generating good luck and spiritual awakening.

When the Goddess appears to yogis in hagiographies (a biography of a saint or an ecclesiastical leader), She is particularly wrathful with a ferocious expression associated with the transmutation of anger.

Frequently, Goddess Blue Tara appears as the liberator in the mandala of the Goddess Green Tara. Along with that, the Goddess’ ascribed spiritual powers are: spreading joy, dissolving the fear of enemies, and dissolving personal obstacles (negative karma) on the path to enlightenment. In addition, She is commonly considered one of the 3 main protectors of the Nyingma school, one the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, along with Vajrasadhu and Rahula.

The name Ekajati literally translates as “one whose hair is arranged in single chignon.” The Goddess is most commonly illustrated as a ferocious goddess, Her awesomeness being emphasized by the pronounced and only eye in the center (the third eye) of the forehead.

The Goddess is the most important protector of the Vajrayana (“Diamond Vehicle”) teachings, particularly the termas and Inner Tantras. As the protector of sacred mantra, Ekajati supports the devotee in deciphering symbolic dakini codes and properly determines appropriate times and circumstances for revealing tantric profound teachings.

Blue Tara is found in both the Hindu and Buddhist pantheons. It is most usually affirmed that the Goddess originated in the Buddhist pantheon but some Buddhist scholars argue this is not necessarily so. Additionally, it is considered that She originated in Tibet, and was introduced from there to Nalanda in the seventh century by the founder of the Madhyamaka school – Nagarjuna.

The Goddess is also found in the lower kriya tantra sacred texts and more usually in connection with the important figure of Goddess Tara where She is frequently seen as an attendant figure standing on the left, while the goddess Brikuti stands on the right side.

Iconography

Blue Tara Goddess is usually depicted with a blue skin tone, one head, three breasts, two hands and a 3ird eye. Ekajati’s single eye gazes into the unceasing space, a single fang pierces through hindrances, a single breast “nurtures supreme practitioners as children.” The Goddess is naked, similar with awareness itself, except for a garment of white clouds and tiger skin around her waist. A long necklace of severed human heads adorns her physical body.

Moreover, the Goddess is portrayed seated upon a blue lotus seat with one leg half extended, and holds a sapphire-crystal vajra dagger in her right hand, to pierce and cut through all energies opposing your complete liberation from samsara and karma. In her left hand, the Goddess holds a sapphire-crystal bowl filled with lapis-blue Amrta, to heal sentient beings from suffering and all illness. In her most common form, Goddess Blue Tara holds an axe, khatvanga (tantric staff) or drigug (cleaver) and a skull cup in Her hands. In her chignon is a picture of Buddha Akshobhya.

Chanting Blue Tara mantra (Ekajati mantra) benefits:

Practicing this powerful mantra dissolves all learning hindrances and personal blockages on our path to spiritual awakening, and grants good luck and liberation from samsara. In addition, the Goddess removes the fear of enemies, spreading joy and good fortune.

Note

For practicing this mantra, you need to get empowerment and transmission from a qualified teacher.

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