"Asceticism withers the body-what merit lies in that? True self-denial consists in kindness, self-control, compassion, truthfulness-the wise know these are true asceticism." Words of Bhishma in the Mahabharata.
Beautiful painting by Zeng Hao! Green Tara - originally a Hindu goddess and later adopted by some forms of Buddhism. She is known as the mother of liberation, a protectress, an obstacle remover, and an earth mother.