Ever feel like you’re om-ing right to the universe? You’re not alone. And now, literally, you’re not alone, thanks to the folks at the Rubin Museum who want you to join in the largest collective chant of “om” the world has ever known.
Since the beginning of February, visitors to NYC’s Rubin Museum of Art can enter a recording booth, aka the “OM Lab,” and add their own voice to the ongoing om bank, if you will. All of the oms collected between now and May 8th will be part of “The World Is Sound” exhibit due to open June 16, 2017. That’s more than three months of oms. The potential here being the biggest (longest?) most resounding om that has ever om’d.
The Lab also features info on the significance and history of om. The Rubin on what makes the syllable so special:
OM is believed to contain the power of all other mantras and the elemental sound of creation. Its three phonetic components (A-U-M) and ensuing silence cover the entire spectrum of the human vocal mechanism, from the throat to the lips. OM is considered the embodiment of the ultimate, omnipotent, and all-pervading essence of existence.
So how will they present the all-pervading essence of existence when the exhibit opens? The universe will find out! (Seriously, we don’t yet know how the exhibit will play out, but we’re eager to hear it. Maybe that new solar system they found will hear it, too?)
The Rubin has had all sorts of interesting yoga and meditation-related events. If you get a chance, they’re worth a visit.