Video: Vasudhara Yellow Tara, Mother Earth or Prithvi Mata, for Prosperity Abundance: four mantras

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    Vasudhārā’s name is a melodious Sanskrit phrase that translates to “stream of gems.” Thinking of Her as the Stream-of-Gems Tara paints a picture of abundant wealth and prosperity. Vasudhara Yellow Tara is also none other than Mother Earth as an Enlightened Bodhisattva. Why is Prosperity and Wealth so vital to Buddhist practice? Why is connection to the Earth and Environment critical to benevolent Bodhisattva practices?

     

     

    CONTENTS

    00:00 Introducing Vasudhara Yellow Tara Mother Earth
    01:01 Benefits of the Dharani explained by Buddha: Sutra
    02:02 Vasudhara nurtures, sustains and enriches
    02:42 Vasudahara as Prithvi Mother Earth Witness of Shakyamuni Buddha
    04:16 Practicing Vasudhara: environmental activism and generosity as offerings
    04:41 Buddha helps Sucanda: Sutra story of the Dharani and its benefits
    06:16 Chanting the Mantras and Dharani
    06:39 Main Mantra Om Sri Vasudhara Ratna Kashetri Svaha (three times)
    07:57 Short mantra Om Vasudharayai Svaha (three times)
    08:15 Three forms of Vasudhara and her symbols
    09:26 Tara Who Bestows Wealth 11th of 21 Taras
    10:07 Praise of 11th Tara in English and Sanskrit
    10:45 Atisha Lineage Mantra of the 11th Tara
    11:08 Nyingma Lineage Mantra of the 11th Tara
    11:31 Lama Zopa: explains the wealth vase of 11th Tara
    12:12 Bodhisattva mission and cherishing Mother Earth

    The goal of stable livelihood for the lay Buddhist is a noble one, enabling Buddhists to support the dedicated monastic community, and providing stability in life that gives the practitioner the ability to help others. In the Sutra of Vasudhara Dharani, Buddha explained the benefits of reciting her mantra and Dharani:

     

    You, too, should receive the Vasudhārā Dhāraṇi, keep it in mind, recite it, teach it, memorize it, master it, and explain it to others in detail. This will benefit many individuals. It will bring them happiness. It will bring love and compassion to the world, and it will bring benefit and happiness to hosts of beings, gods and humans alike.Golden Vasudhara Tara is not about greedily asking for more, and more, but rather about attaining wealth so that we can give and give. The poison of greed is overcome by generosity — which is only possible if we have a stable livelihood.

    Ideally you chant her longer Dharani from the Sutra when you have time. (Watch for our future video with the full longer Dharani.) Otherwise, the shorter, more popular Mantra in Sanskrit, at least three times, seven, 21 or 108 times.

    Om Sri Vasudhara Ratna Nidhana Kashetri Svaha

    Mantra explained:

     

    • Om is Praising the Body, Speach and Mind of Vasudhara
    • Sri is Sanskrit for “Abundance”
    • Vasudhara is the Name of the Goddess which means “Endless Stream of Jewels”
    • Ratna indicates she belongs to the Jewel Buddha FamilyNidhana — means “treasure”
    • Kashetri — means “cultivate the treasure”
    • Svaha — “well said” and “so be it” or “thus it is”

     

    The entire mantra, translates contextually:

    I prostrate and praise the Goddess of Abundance Vasudhara of the Jewel Family, who helps us cultivate material and spiritual wisdom treasures, so be it.

    She also has a short mantra if you are rushed:

    Oṃ Vasudhārāyai Svāhā.

     

    There are three main forms of Vasudhara who is ultimately Tara: two-armed, six armed and as the 11th Tara of the 21 Taras (The video goes into more detail!)
    As the 11th Tara, her Praise, from the 21 Taras is:

    Homage! She Who is able to summon
    The assembly of earthly guardians
    Shaking, frowning, with her Hum sign
    Saving from every misfortune!

    (ART CREDIT: LASHA MUTUAL available on her website: https://lashamutual.com/)

    As Vasudhara Tara, she controls all the earth guardians. In Sanskrit, this praise is:

    Namah samanta bhu
    palapatalakarshana kshame
    chalat bhrku ti hum kara
    sarvapada vimoch ani

    Her mantra, as the 11th Tara Who Controls all Earth Guardians, in the Atisha lineage is:

    Om Tare Tuttare Ture Vasudharini Svaha

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    In the Nyingma lineage the mantra is:

    Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Vasu Pushtim Kuru Svaha

    (in Sanskrit)

    in Tibetan: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Basu Pushtim Kuru Soha

    The practice of Vasudhārā is not simply about personal gain, it is about prospering so that we may benefit others, the Bodhisattva mission to help all sentient beings.It is also about honouring Vasudhara as Mother Earth. Holding a close relationship to Mother Earth is for the benefit of all beings.

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