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  Green Tara    

Green Tara

 

On a lotus seat, standing for realization of voidness, 
(You are) the emerald-colored, one-faced, two-armed Lady 
In youth's full bloom, right leg out, left drawn in, 
Showing the union of  wisdom and art -  homage to you! 
Like the outstretched branch of the heavenly turquoise tree, 
Your supple right hand makes the boon-  granting gesture, 
Inviting the wise to a feast of supreme accomplishments, 
As if to an entertainment-homage to you! 
Your left hand gives us refuge, showing the Three Jewels; 
It says, "You people who see a hundred dangers, 
Don't be frightened-I shall swiftly save you!" 
Homage to you! 
Both hands signal with blue blue utpala flowers, 
"Samsaric beings! Cling not to worldly pleasures. 
Enter the great city of liberation!" 
Flower-goads prodding us to effort-homage to you!

... First Dalai Lama (1391-1474)