|Sacred India Tarot|
Today's card from Sacred India Tarot is 6 of Discs (Pentacles). The Discs suit depicts the life of the Buddha, and this card is the scene in which Buddha is tempted by Mara and his three daughters, Desire, Unrest and Pleasure. Buddha vanquishes them all and in a blaze of energy experiences all of his past lives. He then passes through eight levels of samadhi to become the Buddha. In despair, Mara taunts him: 'Who is the person so vain as to call himself a buddha?' To which the Buddha replies, 'There is no person here,' touching the earth to bear witness. Buddha has realised his oneness with all, which means he is not an individual at all, and thus 'there is no person here'.
If the 6 of Pentacles is the card of charity, I can think of no greater gift than the teachings of the Buddha. And no greater act of charity than that of the bodhisattvas, who choose to remain on this earth, not passing into nirvana, in order to help others realise their own enlightenment.
The card asks us to give the best of ourselves, and remember that we are part of everything and everything is part of us.