AGNI YOGA – TARA OF THE HEART
When the Tara of Light will enlighten the world with revelations from the far-off worlds, then will She be affirmed as the manifestation of Beauty. When the Tara of the Heart illumines the world with love, then is She affirmed as the manifestation of Beauty.
Tara is a term defined in Agni Yoga as a goddess, the feminine equivalent of the Arhat, a sister of the Spiritual Hierarchy; the Brotherhood of Light. Arhat means “the worthy one.” “Deserving divine honors.”
The Tara and the Arhat are those Great Ones who have entered the noblest and highest path of life and thus, according to the Ageless Wisdom Teaching, become emancipated from the wheel of re-birth. In other words, such “worthy ones” can function at a very high level of consciousness, functioning in the Buddhic Level of Life. They can choose to reincarnate, to return to this earth school as a Great Teacher, or to stay in the subtle levels serving the Other Worlds.
To conquer great spiritual heights, to become successful in the truest sense of the word, to become happy and full of the beauty of Life, we must have an all giving heart; in other words love and compassion. A Tara of the Heart is the one whose heart is pure and all giving of love. One whose heart is in balance with her mind.
We can take examples from noble ones who have walked the path of life before us. For example, the Mother of Agni Yoga: Helena Roerich. Mme. Roerich was certainly a noble woman; she was a wife, a mother of two sons, and a spiritual teacher. One who was deserving of divine honors; who entered the most noble and highest path of life; the path of sacrificial service; the path of synthesis. Her life exemplified a humility in greatness.
Helena Roerich climbed the heights of the bitter cold, majestic, Himalayan Mountains, reaching heights of 27,000 feet during the days that women were busy at home, doing laundry by hand. She was born in Russia in 1879. She brought to humanity the newest yoga; not a physical, but spiritual yoga; the yoga that is only now becoming known worldwide. She wrote books, many under pseudo names in addition to the Agni Yoga series. She wrote the Foundations of Buddhism, and On Eastern Crossroads. These are remarkable books for a woman who visited Venus in her subtle body but never stepped foot on an airplane. She spoke and wrote in many languages including Russian, English, French, German and more. Her many diaries are still being read and studied by people today.
The Teachings of Agni Yoga, the yoga of Living Ethics, can be understood as the Teaching of Life. Helena Roerich, the founder of Agni Yoga, could be considered a Tara of the Heart.
Helena Roerich gave to humanity the Teaching of Life. Agni Yoga is a Teaching whose Sutras, and verses number in the thousands generously offering an exploration in an understanding of art, beauty, and culture; an education to direct one’s thinking toward immortality and the continuity of life; insight into the higher spheres of life, higher thought, joy, the future, and more.
Helena Roerich’s spiritual name is known as Urusvati; which means a star. In the book At the Threshold of the New World, a book of writings by Helena Roerich, it says that “Urusvati is the symbol of the Mother of the World.” In this book, it also says, “The Great Era is beginning because the spirit understanding is linked with the Mother of the World. The approach of this very great Era is important; it will substantially change life on Earth. A prophecy that is readily coming into manifestation.
Another definition of the word “Tara” is the principle of Motherhood; thus a Tara is symbolized by the Heart of the World Mother. The principle of motherhood indicates that the Great Era that is only now beginning is symbolized by women of a nurturing heart. The New Era is upon us. The approach of this Great Era is the approach of the Heart. It signifies that love will take on higher and newer dimensions than ever before. That love will give way to compassion; that a real human being will be recognized as one with a nurturing heart.
A person without heart is a person with a dead heart. A person with a dead heart finds that nothing that they have will satisfy them. Since nothing satisfies them, they must possess more and more to feel secure. More and more girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands, more and more money, cars, houses, and this and that. You look into such a person’s eyes, and their eyes are empty. They are without psychic energy, without enthusiasm, without a fiery spirit, without love. Their heart is dead. We see such people in both high and low positions, rich and poor.
Without a purified heart, without a loving heart, there is a condition of the heart where the petals of the heart are dried and petrified. A petrifying of the petals of the heart is the greatest disaster for a human being.
Purification of the heart is necessary if you want to use the energy of your heart, for example, to heal people. If your heart is not pure, your efforts at healing will have mixed results, and you will transmit both healing energy and poison. It is the heart that heals people, but the heart will never be powerful unless it is purified.
The Great One teaches “It is truly told about the power of love for humanity. Can one love a garden and despise its flowers? Can one worship the power of beauty and not show respect for love? I attest that the Power adorning Our Universe is confirmed as Our Mother of the World—the Feminine Origin! Indeed, one may cite many scientific examples indicative of the creative destiny of woman. Those who deny the evidence of woman’s creativeness should reflect that woman gives voluntarily. …Hence is the woman’s path termed one of voluntary giving. Certainly in Cosmos everything is interwoven, but humanity transgresses the laws of the Higher Reason. Truly, the Feminine Origin is most beautiful! Verily, the pinnacle of Be-ness cannot exist without the Feminine Origin. How badly people have mutilated the great cosmic laws! How far people have departed from Truth! The one who possesses the full Chalice We call a voluntary giver.”
By this, we could say a Tara of the Heart gives all that she has to all that is known and unknown. As she gives, she nurtures. As she nurtures, she ignites the spirit, the divinity in all she touches. As the Divine Spark is ignited in those she nurtures, they will echo the nature of the Tara of the Heart, loving the flowers in the garden of God. The nurtured ones will recognize the beauty of the soul in every person. In that recognition, the petals of the heart in those she nurtures begin to unfold.
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 Infinity I, 194.
 Helena Roerich, At the Threshold of the New World ©1998 White Mountain Education Association
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