lions and pride wild elephants and delusions forest fires and hatred snakes and envy robbers and fanatical views prisons and avarice floods and lust demons and doubts The Dalai Lama further versifies: 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 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)
Wearing a five-crested crown, Green Tara sits upright on a double lotus pedestal. While her left leg is tucked in, the right is extended towards the viewer, signifying her ever-readiness to spring into action for the benefit of her devotees. The face is slightly squarish and the brows are heavy and arched. The two lids are wavy and flowing, like two, gently coursing rivers. The nose is equally sharp and together with the eyes and the well-defined, slightly thick lips, contributes equally to the introspective, self-contended character of the facial expression.
The three conch-like, curving lines on her vase-like neck symbolize the sweetness of her speech. A goddess, she is not bereft of typical womanly charms which are further emphasized in no small measure by the elaborate ornaments adorning her. While a richly decorated collar enframes the neck, a wide, longer necklace extends a long way down, ending at her waist. While thus cascading, it manages to flow over her two nipples, shielding them from the viewer's gaze. The dhoti clinging to her shapely legs is held at the waist by a golden band and bejewelled tassels rest symmetrically across her thighs. The sculptor has managed to diffuse the form of the goddess with a certain amount of litheness, but simultaneously the overall impression is not one of lightness.
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Green Tara - The Beautiful Goddess