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Significance of 108

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The Mysteries that surround "108" still remains sacred today among many yogic cultures. Many believe that merely seeing the numbers 1, 0, 8 in order bring good luck and wisdom to the one that sees it. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture view 108 as a number representing the wholeness of existance.

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Purusha - Samadhi - Prakrti

Prakrti is everything that isn't conscious, like nature, matter and even things like thoughts and personality. True consciousness resides only in Purusha, or more properly, as Purusha. "1" represents Purusha and "8" represents Prakrti, but to separate the two opposites, you must bring in the situation of Samadhi (non-existence/no-mind) which is represented by the "0". In a way, this is yoga. The number 108 represents the process of yoga - the separation of Purusha from Prakrti by creating a state of Samadhi. The state of Samadhi arises when the mind is totally devoid of every experience: conscious, subconscious and unconscious.

"When the mind becomes quiet, there are no ripples"

This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena has given rise to many examples of ritual significance. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas (sacred sites) throughout India. Also, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Marma Points (sacred places on the body).

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108's

  • There are 108 stitches on a baseball
  • The distance of the Sun from the Earth divided by the diameter of the Sun and the distance of the Moon from the Earth divided by the diameter of the Moon is approximately equal to 108
  • 8 extra beads: In doing a practice of counting the number of repetitions of the mala, 100 are counted as completed. The remaining are said to cover errors or omissions
  • Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter
  • Acupuncture features 108 pressure points in the body
  • Volume of expansion of freezing water is roughly 108%
  • There are said to be 108 steps to Enlightenment.
  • Some Buddhist temples have 108 steps leading to the temple.
  • The Medicine Buddha's mantra is to be recited 108 times over a glass of water to balance body mind and spirit.
  • Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra.
  • Sanskrit Alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
  • Upanishads: Some say there are 108 Upanishads, texts of the wisdom of the ancient sages.
  • Pentagon: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees.
  • River Ganga: 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.
  • Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
  • Sun & Earth: The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
  • Chemistry: The atomic weight of silver is 108.
  • Buddhism: Some Buddhists carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut for good luck.
  • Buddhism: Some ring a bell 108 times to celebrate a new year.
  • Chinese: Chinese astrology says that there are 108 sacred stars.
  • Dance: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions.
  • First man in space: The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes, and was on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut.

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