Om and the law of Ohm
"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."
~ Neil Armstrong, NASA astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon
Anyone who practices yoga is familiar with the mantra Om. Om is a sound which symbolizes the primordial vibration, in other words, the sound that created everything in the Universe, much like the biblical statement, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was God." In this sense the actual word itself (Om) that created the universe is God.
Imagine there was nothing, absolutely nothing. Now imagine a voice singing one beautiful note. The vibrations of this beautiful note become louder and fuller and begin to vibrate until the nothingness is shattered into countless pieces like the wine glass shattered by a legendary opera singer. There you have it: the Big Bang!
Om represents the idea that all matter, whether physical or spiritual, on a microscopic (tiny) or macroscopic (huge) level, is the result of an energetic vibration.
Scientists at the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales in Sidney, Australia have recently announced the creation of an electrical wire just 4 atoms wide and 1 atom tall. This finding could lead to the creation of powerful computers that operate on the quantum level (the level of things that are the size of atoms or smaller). To illustrate just how small this wire is, ponder this: the human body contains about 60 to 90 trillion cells and there are approximately 100 trillion atoms in a single ordinary human cell.
And here is where Om meets the law of Ohm. Ohm's law is a very important rule in electronics that is named after a famous experimenter in electricity, Georg Simon Ohm. Ohm's law states that voltage (E) is equal to current (I) multiplied by the resistance to that current (R). Ohm's law is symbolized by the equation E = IR.
Many scientists believed that Ohm's law would operate differently at the quantum level and therefore computing at this level would be impossible. However, this tiny electrical wire, 4 atoms wide and 1 atom tall, obeyed Ohm's law and showed that the basic law of electricity still holds true even when constructing a wire from the very building blocks of nature - atoms.
"God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."
~ Hermetic philosophical statement
Whether you practice yoga, meditation, prayer or none of these, take some time to ponder the vastness of Om, the sound of all matter. If the sound that symbolizes everything in the Universe as one cosmic exclamation of joy is too much to ponder, think about the miracle of an atomic-sized electrical wire.
Sometimes the best way to know the biggest thing in the Universe is to understand the smallest.
These yummy muffins made with Chai Tea and Chocolate chips are the perfect little accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. I used Rishi's Chocolate Chai, which is Fair Trade Certified, Organic and delicious! See the Rishi Tea Website link under Elaborations, up and to the right, for details and where to buy.
Chocolate Chai Muffins
I recommend using Rishi Tea's Chocolate Chai for this recipe, but you can substitute two tablespoons looseleaf chai tea or two teabags to make these simple but sensational muffins.
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 tablespoons Rishi Chocolate Chai tea
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix milk, water and tea in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain tea through a mesh strainer into a container. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 400°F
Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. Set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well mixed. Set aside.
Measure out 1 cup of the prepared chai tea.
In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, 1 cup of the chai tea, the brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Whisk together until thoroughly mixed.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir together until just combined (do not overmix). Don't worry if the batter isn't smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. I let them cool to room temperature in the pan and they were delicious.
Makes 12 muffins