This is the original that belonged to my Mom now with my sister. The painting is around 2.5 x 3 inches. It is small and portable.
This is a small White Tara painting (Tzakaley) that was in the possession of my mother in New Jersey. Whenever she travelled she would take this Buddha along. When she was sick, she would hold this Buddha and do mantras. She said it was very powerful and sacred.
She told me when she was very sick and the doctors told her sisters/family to prepare as she would pass away in the hospital any moment and she was also in a coma, her family monk came to her hospital room. He did some rituals, placed this small painting if Tara above her head and hung it above her bed. Too everyone’s shock, she woke up the next day from a coma and said she is hungry. The doctors were flabbergasted as they never expected her to awake from the coma and her vitals were going down fast. My Mom told me this Tara saved her life.
From that day on, she kept this sacred White Tara near her all the time. It was very precious to her and she wouldn’t let me touch it. Of course I was very fascinated with this Tara.
My mom told, me when this monk was in Russia and imprisoned by the Red Army, in the night he prayed to this Tara and the cell door swung open on it’s own and he just walked out. The guards never saw him leave. So this Tara was in his possession at the time and now he passed it to my mom when she was very ill. The monk brought this Tara with him from Russia.. This Tara is now with my sister Lidshma. Good for her. Tara will bless Lidshma.
As a child my mother wouldn’t let me handle or hold this Tara. I wanted to put Tara in my room and pray to her. Mom wouldn’t allow it. So one day, she as at work, I repainted it exactly and hid it the duplicate. I did it in water colors. I had my own copy now that I had painted and was real excited. My mom found it and freaked out. She said it was blasphemous for an ordinary kid like me to duplicate Buddhas in paintings. I got a huge scolding…. So she took my priceless copied painting and kept it in her room… When she passed away, my sister got the original and the water painted copy I did… My sister Lidshma passed the copy to my students a few days ago and I will be getting it soon. I haven’t seen this painting in over 35 years!! I painted this over 35 years ago as a kid in New Jersey secretly..I wanted a copy of this powerful Buddha…. I wanted to have the exact same Tara in my room. Now I will after waiting a lifetime…
This is the White Tara that I drew and painted 35 years ago… I copied from my Mom’s original (pictured above), because I wanted to have a powerful Buddha near me too. This painting was kept by my sister who recently passed it to my students who visited her to interview for my biography in Texas. I was around 10 years old I think when I painted this Tara. It is the same size as the original. I wanted it to be the same.
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