Dahn Yoga Voice

Mago and Mago Statue

Posted on: 12/31/2009

While many of the world’s leaders were gathered in Copenhagen taking on the challenge of a collective response to climate change, an important step was taken in Cottonwood, Arizona on December 16, 2009 towards individual responsibility of the earth’s stewardship.

Under clear skies near the Coconino National Forest, an international gathering of community leaders, local residents and international visitors celebrated the opening of the Mago Earth Park, a natural oasis and educational environment for peace and harmony.

The event featured the introduction of a new landmark, a 39-foot statue of “Mago” and six-acre park, surrounded by Red Rock Country vistas. Rooted in ancient East Asian tradition, Mago (麻姑) is a name for Mother Earth. Ma means “mother” and go means “eminent and ancient origin.” Mago is similar in significance to Gaia in Western culture. It is a name that holds deep reverence, love, and gratitude for the Earth.

Mago figures in the Budoji (符都誌), a text written by Jesang Park, a famous scholar of the ancient Korean Shilla Dynasty (BC363-418). According to this text, Mago is the mother and originator of all life, and she was the spiritual leader who established Mago Castle, an ideal environment where humans maintained peace and harmony between one another and with nature. From its inception, humanity has dreamed of a society of harmony and unity like Mago Castle. Mago is a mythological, universal symbol of this longing that recurs in the ancient world across cultures.

Mago Earth Park founder Ilchi Lee says, “The majestic beauty of the Sedona and Cottonwood areas holds the power and atmosphere to awaken the noblest part of the human spirit. Anyone standing on this land can feel love for Mother Earth and experience the realization that when we go beyond differences of nationality, religion, race, and culture, all humanity becomes our family of Earth Citizens. The sculptural representation of Mago is erected here as a symbol of unity of humanity, not a symbol of a specific belief.”

It is hoped that Mago statue will enable people to move beyond intellectual consideration of the earth’s condition and inspire passionate concern and action on the part of each individual.

Please visit http://www.magoearthpark.org for more information about Mago and the Mago Earth Park.

4 Responses to "Mago and Mago Statue"

My heart was beating when I saw picture of Mago Statue.
My soul loves her so much. I cann’t describe it.
I’m so proud of dahn yoga by erecting Mago statue.
I love you.

I was lucky enough to have been a part of the opening and unveiling of the Mago statue on Dec. 16. It was such a wonderful experience to share with people from many different countries who all came to Cottonwood to share the dream of hope and peace for our world. The statue is absolutely magnificent, and the park is such a serene place to visit for individuals and families. I would encourage everyone to visit Earth Park and make their own decision about the statue of Mother Earth. Bring your friends and family and relax, have lunch and have a great day!!!

What a beautiful representation of peace. I was at the celebration on December 16th, and found the park to be very peaceful even with so many people there. There was a stone next to Mago with some writing on it that had special meaning to me. The Founder of Mago Earth Park Ilchi Lee wrote,

“The divine beauty of the Sedona and Cottonwood area holds the power and energy to awaken the noblest part of the human spirit. Anyone standing on this land can feel love for Mother Earth and experience the realization that when we go beyond differences of nationality, religion, race, and culture, all humanity becomes our family of Earth Citizens.”

What a precious message of harmony and peace for all people. Thank you to Ilchi Lee for bringing this message of hope of peace on earth.

Mago is a symbol of unity, harmony, balance, peace, of breaking down walls that have been separating humanity from each other.

When I was at the ceremony last December and I was walking with my group and all other peace-loving people, I had a glimpse (third eye), vision of a society where people were in harmony with one another. Bright smiley faces. Loving and working together.

Please sign the online petition at http://www.magoearthpark.org.

Thank you Mother Mago for continuing to sustain all of humanity despite how much we have neglected and hurt you. I pray that more and more people will awaken to their true selves and start taking responsibility and making choices that will benefit themselves AND our society as a whole.

I love you.

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