It was about 7:30 am, Sunday, August 10th. It was a beautiful morning and I had just finished my morning walk along the coast in Belfast, Maine.
I was standing on the side of the road, in the driveway of a small business right off of Route 1, when a Toyota Prius zipped by me, going faster
than I thought a Prius could go. Passes me, makes a U-turn on the road, and pulls into the driveway, right up next to me.
A woman, an old school hippie, eating a good looking ham, egg and cheese sandwich, opens her window, looks up at me through sunglassed eyes and asks, “Are you all right, do you need a ride?”
“No thank you, I’m fine”, I replied.
Unsure of why she would think I needed a ride, I decided to ask,“What made you think I needed a ride”.
“I felt your energy as I passed”, she replied.
I could feel my face break into a big smile.
For the next 20 minutes she regaled me with stories.
From her days at Antioch College to her 14 years with the Dali Lama, she spoke, laughed and completely held my interest.
Time passed quickly, I realized it was time for me to go and I told her so.
It was then she said she had a message for me.
“A message, why didn’t you say so”, I exclaimed.
“This comes from the Dali Lama, he wants you to say the mantra to the Green Tara, and pass it on to others.”
“The Green Tara. Huh? Who is that, what is the mantra”?
She looked in her car, and pulled out an old piece of cardboard from I have no idea where, and along with a black magic marker, wrote it down for me.
“I don’t know, but it comes from the Dalai Lama to you.” she answered.
If you’ve been reading any of my blogs, or listening to any of my radio shows, you know I love a good practice.
I’ll try anything which might help in my stated goal of constantly conditioning my mind to be positive.
Besides, I figure if it’s good enough for the Lama, it’s good enough for me.
So I googled “mantra to green tara”.
And I started reading and listening to some of the different versions.
Turns out, in Tibetan Buddhism, the Tara is very well known and is one of the most popular Buddhist deities. A female Bodhisatva or Buddha of compassion and action, a protector who comes to our aid to relieve us of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering.
Specifically, she protects us from eight great fears, externally symbolized by animals and trying situations.
- Elephants – Ignorance
- Lions – Pride
- Fire – Anger
- Poisonous snakes – Jealousy
- Thieves – Erroneous philosophies, wrong views
- Imprisonment – Greed
- Water – Desire and Attachment
- Demons – Doubts
So I started saying it and it felt good, which is my first prerequisite for any practice. Rita and I spoke about it on the Talk-N-Angels radio show last Wednesday night.
The next day, I’m getting thanked on Facebook from people who tried it.
If it’s not too woo-woo for you, give it a try yourself. Maybe it can help you with one of the above 8 challenges.
Back in Maine, as I said goodbye, I reached to hug her.
I mean, how often does one get a special delivery from the Dalai Lama.
As I walked back to my motel room, I started questioning my sanity, if this even happened.
And as I walked in, my wife said I smelled nice, of patchouli.
To Your Freedom,
P.S. Tonight, on Talk-n-Angels at 7pm, Rita and I will be taking calls about the Green Tara, the mantra, and how it’s been helping.
Listen in by clicking… http://talknangels.com and then click on the ‘listen live link.