The transition from the inanimate to life could not be a one-time event. This process is continuing now right before our eyes and is affecting our life. In 1953, at the Chicago University, Stanley Miller subjected water vapour and the primordial Earth’s atmosphere to electric discharges. The experiment yielded amino acids – the basic building blocks of all proteins, sugars, lipids and forerunning compounds of nucleic acids. Miller identified five amino acids. Analysis of his results using modern instrumentation 50 years later identified 17 more amino acids.

In Miller’s experiment, an electric discharge imitated that of lightning. However, a lightning discharge can form not only amino acids but carbon molecules as well. During rainfall or when lightening discharges in water, conditions are created for formation of an aqueous shell around a carbon molecule. Hence, a lightning discharge can create both a “cradle” and “building blocks” for emergence of life. Not without reason, a lightning discharge in many cultures is compared to the act of fertilisation: Sky fertilises Earth.

The ginseng root has been known to help people for millennia. In the Orient, there is a legend that ginseng originated from a stroke of lightning. When a bolt of lightning discharged in water, the water evaporated and the “root of life” grew up in this place. Lightning bolts hit small water basins not so frequently. Thirty to forty lightning discharges hit the World Ocean each second to form fullerene water droplets. During a year, about a billion lightning discharges hit the ocean. Moreover, this has been occurring year after year for millions of years.

Fullerene water droplets do not disintegrate and can float in the ocean for long. They resemble droplets of fat in milk. Milk churning makes fat droplets collect in a piece of butter. Surprisingly, the process of Churning the Ocean is described in the Ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. The Gods wanted to produce the elixir of immortality – amrita. For this, they churned the Ocean. It remains unknown what droplets they wanted to collect during Churning of the Ocean, but fullerene water droplets formed by lightning discharges fit this role. The process of Churning the Ocean is a laborious one. It is easier to pass ocean water through one’s body. This is what baleen whales do when they feed on plankton. Among mammals, they possibly live longer than any other species. The officially recorded lifetime of a Bowhead whale is 211 years.