According to Buddhism, the world in which we live, and all that happens to us, is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappy results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to increase our potential to experience happiness, to accumulate extensive positive potential, and to purify obstacles in our lives is to make offerings (pujas) to the different manifestations of enlightened beings.
Tara, the Wisdom Mother is invoked in times of personal difficulties, health problems, and when there is need for quick wisdom action. Closely associated with Chenresig, Tara is virtually inseparable from the Buddha of compassion. She personifies the feminine aspect of his solicitude and actively assists him. She manifests in many different forms to benefit all beings. To recite the praises to the Twenty-One Taras is considered immeasurably helpful in all adverse circumstances.
“Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, whose Tibetan name means ‘liberator’, signalling her ability to free beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in ever-recurring patterns of negativity. She embodies a challenge, but one that is profoundly nurturing: to transform our minds and become like her, reflecting the tranquility, compassion and wisdom that make her so beautiful.”
Ven. Thubten Chodren, ‘How to Free Your Mind’