The White Goddess

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White Tara (Nepal, 17th century)

The White Goddess is one of the many images of the Mother of the World. She is a principle, and yet a living being.

In Tibet, the White Goddess is especially loved and worshiped as Tara, the saviouress. Tibetan Buddhists understand that the one who is going to save the world is the Mother, and that she comes to save the world in the end of the age of the Kali Yuga.

Tara is said to have been born from a lotus that grew in the water of a tear shed by Avalokitesvara, who, as the ancient text records, “saw that however many migrating beings he removed from samsara, they grew no fewer, and he wept.” Thus Tara is considered the counterpart of feminine Avalokitesvara or his divine consort, and like Kuan Yin, she is a bodhisattva of compassion. The relationship between Tara and Kuan Yin has been the subject of much speculation. Some say that Kuan Yin is Tara’s Chinese counterpart and others believe that the two are really one and the same being.

The principle symbol of White Tara is the fully-opened lotus, representing the opening of the petals of the chakras. Statues of the White Goddess often show the richness of her raiment. Her crown and earrings symbolize the manifest expression of the abundant life of the Buddha and the Christ. The Mother symbolizes that all things in the Matter universe belong to her children, and so that abundant sense is part of her manifestation. She also shows the renunciate that the real wealth of the cosmos is in the spiritual qualities. The Mother is the one who owns nothing but owns everything, and in this balance we find the discipline of the Buddha.

She is often seated in the full lotus posture, Padmasana, permitting the free flow of the Kundalini. Her left hand is over the heart, and her right hand is extended in the gesture of giving, embodying generosity and the blessing of all life. The knot on the top of her head symbolizes the opening of the crown chakra. The elongated ears and the presence of the third eye symbolize the full use of the inner senses. The large ear is seen on all of the Buddhas, and it indicates the contact with God through the inner ear and the inner sound.

The White Tara is a manifestation of the Divine Mother, the cosmic principle of the Mother. Whether you call her Mother Mary or Isis or the White Tara of Tibet or Kuan Yin or Kali or Durga, she is still the Mother force, the shakti. She also lives within you. She is the Mother light within us all. She is ascended master and unascended master. The White Goddess is the white-fire core of our chakras as the Mother light, the Kundalini energy, the white light in the center of every ray. As you give adoration to that presence within yourself through the rosary, you are raising the energies of the Kundalini and connecting with the cosmic principle of Mother.

In a dictation with the White Goddess in 1977, Serapis said:

Precious hearts, the way of the White Tara is the way of those who see the ultimate need of humanity and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Because of their sense of timing, they read the timing of the Lord. They are mathematicians with me. They are architects of a vast destiny. They see the timing of the enemy. And they know that for the game of point/counterpoint, they must be as a shaft of sacred fire, as the point of diamond, as the discipline of energy. And this is all of their joy, all of their play and laughter condensed in an intense sphere of light. Whirling in that sphere, they actually enjoy with God-delight every pleasure that other disciples take along the wider spiral.[1]

See also

Mother of the World

Kuan Yin



Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Masters and Their Retreats, s.v. “The White Goddess (Tara).”

  1. Serapis Bey and the White Goddess, “Disciplines of the Sacred Centers of God-Awareness (Chakras) for Discipleship East and West,” December 30, 1977.