Praise of Arya Tara by Atisha
Homage to the Venerable Arya Tara!
Gods and asuras with their crowns bow down to
Your lotus feet;
Liberator from all problems,
[Mother] Tara – homage to You!
On those Avici’s fire torments, filling them with a blazing net,
Your compassion rains down nectar –
Tara, further homage to You!
To those tired of clinging long, again and again, among the six
Destinies, You grant the rest, supremely pleasant, of Great Bliss.
Goddess who works the weal of others!
Just to think of You dispels problems!
You, endowed with love and compassion, liberate from samsara’s bonds.
Goddess who at all times is impartial towards sentient beings,
On the whole crop of migrators
You rain incessantly – homage to You!
Like the sun and moon, dispeller of distress of darkness for
All migrating sentient beings,
Supreme Goddess – homage to You!
On a lotus and moon seat
Immaculate as an utpala,
Your body blue-green coloured, graceful,
You hold an utpala – homage to You!
Three countless eons You’ve gather Merits and Wisdom,
Cast off all the hindering obscurations,
And with the four Means of Attraction attracted migrators,
O compassionate Mother – homage to You!
Bodily faults gone, You have the Marks and Signs;
Faults of speech gone, like kalavinka’s strains;
Faults of mind gone, You know all knowable things.
Blaze of fortune and glory – homage to You!
Like the water-cleaning gem,
Goddess, You forever clear
The mud of sentient beings’ mind and strive for their welfare – homage to You!
Those who do retain Your name, praise You, and do practice You,
Always do You make fruitful,
Unforgetful One – homage to You!