“The Vedas proclaim that you created the World,
having assumed your form of the duality of Spirit and Pleasure,
verily is it true, O daughter of the Mountain and the only World Mother, that has this not been so, the multitude of Worlds would never have been.”
Evo Morales the Indigenous president of Bolivia on February 7, 2010 launched a Universal Declaration of The Rights of Mother Earth, an act unprecedented in the History of the World, long in coming, and naturally received with happiness by those who see Mother Earth, not as a piece of Real State, or an inert chunk of rock tumbling aimlessly on our Galaxy.
Now look at what this declaration entails:
Article 1. Mother Earth
(1) Mother Earth is a living being.
(2) Mother Earth is a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings.
(3) Each being is defined by its relationships as an integral part of Mother Earth.
(4) The inherent rights of Mother Earth are inalienable in that they arise from the same source as existence.
(5) Mother Earth and all beings are entitled to all the inherent rights recognized in this Declaration without distinction of any kind, such as may be made between organic and inorganic beings, species, origin, use to human beings, or any other status.
(6) Just as human beings have human rights, all other beings also have rights which are specific to their species or kind and appropriate for their role and function within the communities within which they exist.
(7) The rights of each being are limited by the rights of other beings and any conflict between their rights must be resolved in a way that maintains the integrity, balance and health of Mother Earth.
Article 2. Inherent Rights of Mother Earth
(1) Mother Earth and all beings of which she is composed have the following inherent rights:
(a) the right to life and to exist;
(b) the right to be respected;
(c) the right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycles and processes free from human disruptions;
(d) the right to maintain its identity and integrity as a distinct, self-regulating and interrelated being;
(e) the right to water as a source of life;
(f) the right to clean air;
(g) the right to integral health;
(h) the right to be free from contamination, pollution and toxic or radioactive waste;
(i) the right to not have its genetic structure modified or disrupted in a manner that threatens it integrity or vital and healthy functioning;
(j) the right to full and prompt restoration the violation of the rights recognized in this Declaration caused by human activities;
(2) Each being has the right to a place and to play its role in Mother Earth for her harmonious functioning.
(3) Every being has the right to wellbeing and to live free from torture or cruel treatment by human beings.
Article 3. Obligations of human beings to Mother Earth
(1) Every human being is responsible for respecting and living in harmony with Mother Earth.
(2) Human beings, all States, and all public and private institutions must:
(a) act in accordance with the rights and obligations recognized in this Declaration;
(b) recognize and promote the full implementation and enforcement of the rights and obligations recognized in this Declaration;
(c) promote and participate in learning, analysis, interpretation and communication about how to live in harmony with Mother Earth in accordance with this Declaration;
(d) ensure that the pursuit of human wellbeing contributes to the wellbeing of Mother Earth, now and in the future;
(e) establish and apply effective norms and laws for the defence, protection and conservation of the rights of Mother Earth;
(f) respect, protect, conserve and where necessary, restore the integrity, of the vital ecological cycles, processes and balances of Mother Earth;
(g) guarantee that the damages caused by human violations of the inherent rights recognized in this Declaration are rectified and that those responsible are held accountable for restoring the integrity and health of Mother Earth;
(h) empower human beings and institutions to defend the rights of Mother Earth and of all beings;
(i) establish precautionary and restrictive measures to prevent human activities from causing species extinction, the destruction of ecosystems or the disruption of ecological cycles;
(j) guarantee peace and eliminate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
(k) promote and support practices of respect for Mother Earth and all beings, in accordance with their own cultures, traditions and customs;
(l) promote economic systems that are in harmony with Mother Earth and in accordance with the rights recognized in this Declaration.
Article 4. Definitions
(1) The term “being” includes ecosystems, natural communities, species and all other natural entities which exist as part of Mother Earth.
(2) Nothing in this Declaration restricts the recognition of other inherent rights of all beings or specified beings.
Those who on the other hand believe their mythology, that the Earth it is for us to plunder at will, and that in their selfishness, embrace the Eurocentric neo-colonialist ideologies of exploitation of the weak, for the profit of a few, or that in their ignorance are easily brainwashed in to accept such nefarious ideologies without questioning their consequences, launch declarations of their own such as:
“Eco-Nuts in Bolivia will put forth a treaty to the United Nations giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans. Specifically “Mother Earth” would have the right to “life, water, clean air, no pollution, and to repair livelihoods affected by human activities.” The treaty would enact a Ministry of Mother Earth to hear her complaints through activist and other nuts.
The new treaty closely resembles laws recently passed by Bolivian President Evo Morales, who recently extended such rights to bugs and trees in Bolivia. In case you are wondering; when comrade Morales was running for election he came up with ten commandments in his plan to save the earth… number one “end capitalism”. Now in power he’s moving forward with a socialist agenda, and coming down hard on companies in his country that might actually produce anything of value.”
“Great! I just did a search on Pachamama on Word Press, and this story is everywhere. And exactly how many of these posts supported my view? Zero. Of course if you know me, you also know that doesn’t really bother me.
Every one of the posts was about how noble and brave these native South Americans were to stand up forPachamama. It seems Pachamama organizations have been around for years in response to the total failure of Al Gore and the global warming guys. It’s the same bunch. They just switched boats when Gore couldn’t deliver socialism fast enough for them.”
King Solomon was right when he said “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” After thousands of years, we’re back to worshiping rocks and false idols. ”
“I have to wonder where these people were raised and under what conditions? How anyone could have such a skewed vision of the world around them is dumbfounding. What on Earth shaped these idiotic ideas?
How do you think of the Earth as a deity in this day and age? I can see it thousands of years ago. Those people where much more tied to and dependent on nature for providing life itself. But today!? Pardon the expression, but most of these people have never even pooped in the woods. They have no concept of the true nature of nature.”
To those misguided, and poor souls who in their ignorance, and arrogance think they are the possessors of absolute truth, just because we have at our disposal a technology who it is still in diapers, deficient in managing the sub-product that now days we know as contamination, we say, yes we know the True Nature of Nature:
But let’s start explaining who, or what is Pachamama?
It is the word in Quechua and Aymara, from the Indigenous people of the Andes to designate Mother Earth, or Mother World, the Cosmos, or Universe can be seen as Pachamama, it is Rhea of the Greeks, Gaia of the Romans, Hator, Nut, Isis in Egypt, Durga, or Kali in India, Nerthus of the Germanic, Fryja of the Norse, Astarte of the Phoenician, Inana or Ishtar of the Chaldeans, Tonantzin Tlalli of the Aztecs. The Virgin Mary of the Christians it is nothing but a no so subtle attempt to transform the ancient pagan cults of the Mother in to a Christian accepted dogma, I grew up Catholic and when people ask me if I am a Catholic, now days I say:
“I am a Catholic in the original sense of the word, which means Universal, but I am not Roman Catholic. Neither I believe every Roman Catholic worship the same way, like for example there is a gulf between an American Catholic and a Catholic in rural Mexico, were the emphasis is in the worship of the old Mother of the Universe now under the name of Virgin of Guadalupe! Tepeyac was a hill were the Aztecs use to worship the Goddess Tonantzin (our reverend Mother) or Mother Earth. Where now days Catholic Mexicans pilgrims come by the thousands in any given day, not to talk about December 12, when over 100,000 pilgrims can arrive to worship at Tepeyac, and the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated all over Mexico.
In resume in every ancient culture, the cult of the Mother Goddess was uphold, with one name or another, some of those rites survive in to our age, as strong as they were before, or veiled under another shape.Now why the Mother as a Goddess? That may seem an
obvious question, but why the cult of God as a Father? They both are images of power and authority capable of manifesting Love, Caring, and even harsh discipline for our good, in other words they are Archetypes, and as Archetypes they manifest in our personal, and collective Mythology, in a realm of the subjective, or what Carl Jung named the Collective Unconscious.
“Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world. There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul.” Carl JungThis realm of the Collective Unconscious seems to be a bottomless cauldron of unpleasant, perverse, and incestuous desires, a pit of iniquity, and forbiding dreams repressed by our civilized upbringing, but that manifest all the times in the crime page of our newspapers, or the evening news, and our desire for the consumption of pornography, fiction literature, romance, and horror movies, and all types of day, and
night dreaming fantasies that would bring satisfaction to our Psyche, regardless of our morality.
The Mother it is also associated to the creative aspect of the individual psyche, the libido, the so called Kundalini energy, and it is the need for Integration of the Individual that is at the bottom of this cauldron of desires, represented in the Hindu system as the first Chakra at the base of the Spine, or Vertebral column, Muladhara where Shakti awaits to be waken.The Shakti Advaita tell us that when at the begining of Creation the Divine Mother took form and set in motion the wheel of Manifestation. She bestowed her healing spirit in to the womb of every female and regenerative powers on every female, of every species of the Earth. According to the Vedic seers, the Rishis, a woman feminineness cannot exist apart from her Shakti, and Shakti it is a metaphor for womanhood.
The Spiritual work wouldn’t be possible without this Energy, it is Man ignorance’s of this Spiritual force that is at the bottom, and the prima materia, or lead of the Alchemical work. And it is also his ignorance that not permit him to see our Earth, and our Universe, and Creation at large, as a Spiritual manifestation of the Goddess/God, not an inert piece of rock, or just a commodity, real state, etc, at our disposal to be abused at our will. Noticed the parallel at our rampant disregard for women’s rights, and abuse so common over the World, product of a Patriarchal set of mind? Or just plain ignorance, and stupidity, towards Pachamama?The Mother Archetype or the Goddess, Pachamama it is also associated to anything that have to do with the functions of the Earth, like nurturing us, heal us, love us, even death , she receive us back in to her mantle… like Coatlicue or Teteoinan (The Mother of Gods) or Kali.
Here is a Message of Native Americans like the Mamos, Koguis, Wiwas, Arhuacos, Kankuamos:A Message to Younger Brother
Delivered by the Mamas Koguis To the Shamanic and Ecological Association of Colombia
The same sun illumines us
Your need is my need
Both of us feel thirst
Both of us need shelter
Both of us feel hunger
Let us be done with our individualisms
and think of the collective need.
We make an urgent call to governments and to all sectors of the planet that they take firm actions regarding these emergency matters, that they do not continue with the models of excessive production, and that they return to the natural law of using only those resources that are necessary for the maintenance of the human species.
Humanity needs to re-establish its original relations with the laws of Mother Nature. For this reason, taking Agenda 21 signed at the Rio de Janeiro convention to be presently the most representative document of a global character for the preservation of the environment, we call for the swift direct application of effective action. We reaffirm, as recognized in Agenda 21. that a cause of the present problems of the planet is the focus on technological development. The indigenous concept of development is based on Original Law, which tells us we should receive the fruits of Mother Earth with an attitude of gratefulness rather than of exploitation. A change of attitude about misunderstood development is urgent. We urge a halt, a pause on the road, in order to reflect and make decisions with more wisdom.
We send a call to governments and scientists all over the planet for an awakening of consciousness and humanity, since we are now in a critical moment, a time of decay in which humanity can make the decision for life or for extinction. We make a special invitation to the scientific community and to multinationals to work in concert to reformulate the model of development.
Nevertheless, in our experience we have witnessed a preoccupation with taking economic advantage of our traditional knowledge. We ask that respect for our peoples be demonstrated by not using our culture and tradition for commercial purposes. Our stay on this planet must not be used for commercial or special interests. For this reason, it is important to guarantee the protection, and to denounce and control the violations associated with patents and brand names, of our knowledge, sacred objects, symbols, names, and biogenetic resources.
OUR ORIGINAL LAW TELLS US IN PRINCIPLE THAT EACH ELEMENT OF THE NATURAL WORLD HAS ITS RESPONSIBLE MOTHER OR FATHER, AND THEREFORE NO ONE CAN BE ITS MASTER.
In order to continue our work to conserve the environment and to repair affected ecosystems, it is necessary to strengthen our peoples and to facilitate the organization and recuperation of our ancestral territories, especially sacred sites and the so-called archaological sites. For example, in Guatemala, there exist approximately 68,480 places that are today occupied by construction, and in Colombia, an important sacred site, Teyuna — miscalled the “Lost City” — is today dedicated to tourist exploitation.
If we may be permitted, we ask that the white man fulfill his own Original Law: the tablets of Moses. End the spirit of domination over other nations and reduce the exploitation of the natural world. What our ancestors left us is for the purpose of generating life, while the inventions of man are made only for facilitating our activities, or even for domination, subjugation, and finishing off. This is why we ask you to reflect on the results of the invention of the great machines. We see that they have destroyed the Earth, the air, the water, and even human life itself. It has become impossible to reestablish the natural course of natural phenomena, and human beings find ourselves condemned to live in a world of suffering and desperation.
It is urgent to work for peace, not just a peace written on treaties, but a real peace born of a new state of consciousness about life — a peace not only among human beings but also in our relation with the natural world. Otherwise there may be peace among human beings, but there will be no survivors.
May all arise, may not even one or two groups remain behind. For we are all brothers, like fingers on a hand. May the dawn come, may the aurora arrive, may all people have Peace and be happy. Now is the time that this work be finished.
May they play the great melodies,
May they play the small melodies,
May my dancers be set loose,
May my prisoners be set free.
They are my valleys, they are my mountains.
We, the Indians who have reunited in UMUMUKUNU (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta), declare ourselves to be the guardians of peace in all of our territories; and though we have diverse tongues, cosmovisions, and cultural and spiritual practices, we have one single Original Law.
Asociación Chamánica y Ecológica de Colombia. Spreading and supporting the knowledge of the Peoples and cultures of Pachamama (Mother Earth)