A poetic translation of the Twenty-One Verses of Homage to Tārā

Posted on June 15, 2020

On this ḍākinī day, we are delighted to share with you our translation of the Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage. Perhaps the most popular of all prayers to Tārā, this tantra praises her twenty-one forms, both peaceful and wrathful. As suggested by her name, which can be translated as “Savioress,” Tārā is revered as a deity who quickly responds to the needs of all in the face of worldly and spiritual dangers. Tārā is renowned for her healing power and—timely and fitting to the current pandemic—protection against infectious diseases is listed among the benefits of reciting this Praise. Not only does Tārā ward off such external threats, but she also pacifies the turbulent afflictions of the mind, which are at the root of the troubles reflected outwardly in our world.