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Significance and Magic of 108

Significance and Magic of 108

Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

AliKaukas-3590Why are there 108 beads on a Mala? Why do  we chant mantras (repetitive prayers) 108 times? Why in the most ancient traditions is 108 considered a holy number? There are many meanings describing the significance of the number 108. Some of the scientific, mathematical, astrological and spiritual explanations are:

  • The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
  • The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals.
  • The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes.
  • The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31); 12 times 9 equals 108.
  • There are 108 stitches on a regulation baseball.

The list goes on. Intrigued and curious to find out more? The articles below give you more insight into this sacred number.

Yoga Fundamentals: The Meaning and Mysticism of 108 (and furthermore, a little explanation of malas and mantras)

Why 108

Meaning of 108 beads on a mala

The Mystic Meaning of 108

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