"She is the female aspect of Avalokitesvara and in some origin stories she comes from his tears.
Tara is also known as a saviouress, as a heavenly deity who hears the cries of beings experiencing misery in samsara. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. Tara is also a forest goddess, particularly in her form as Khadiravani, "dweller in the Khadira forest," and is generally associated with plant life, flowers, acacia (khadira) trees and the wind. Because of her association with nature and plants, Tara is also known as a healing goddess (especially as White Tara) and as a goddess of nurturing quality and fertility. Her pure land in Mount Potala is described as "Covered with manifold trees and creepers, resounding with the sound of many birds, And with murmur of waterfalls, thronged with wild beasts of many kinds; Many species of flowers grow everywhere." Her association with the wind element (vaayu) also means that she is swift in responding to calls for any aid."
"Tārā's name literally means "star" or "planet", and therefore she is associated with navigation and travel both literally and metaphorically as spiritual crossing to the 'other side' of the ocean of existence (enlightenment). Hence she is known literally as "she who saves" in Tibetan."
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