We hear this number alot, 108 beads on a mala, 108 sun salutation in a yoga class, 108 repetitions of mantras etc…. But why?
108 has held great significance in many traditions throughout history and can be attributed to so many extraordinary things!
Our Mala beads are made with 108 beads and although they are tools for meditation, we also love to wear them as reminders of our intentions, manifestation of our dreams and to harness the healing properties of the crystals.
Here are few interesting reasons why the number 108 has earned its reputation in the world of spirituality, mathematics and science.
THE SUN, MOON AND EARTH: The distance between the earth and the sun is approximately 108 times the sun's diameter. The diameter of the sun is about 108 times the earth's diameter. And the distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the moon's diameter.
SANSKRIT: There are 54 letters in the sanskrit alphabet, each having a feminine and masculine, a shiva and shake, 54x2=108.
HEART CHAKRA: The Chakras are the meeting points of energy channels, in the subtle body, called Nadis. There is said to be a total of 108 nadis which intersect to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.
ASTROLOGY: In vedic astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
UPANISHADS: 108 Upanishads, a collection of ancient texts containing wisom from the sages.
GODS AND GODESSES: There is said to be 108 names of each of the Vedic Gods and Goddesses.
PRANAYAMA: Enlightenment is said to come to those who can be so calm as to have 108 breaths in one day.
PENTAGON: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees.
SILVER AND THE MOON: In astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108.