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Meaning of 108

  • It is believed that 108 is a number that aligns the mind and the soul
  • 108 is 12 times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas in a Sun Salutation
  • 1 stands for Higher Truth, 0 stands for Emptiness and 8 stands for Infinity
  • There are 54 letters in Sanskrit alphabet, each has masculine and feminine – totaling 108
  • 108 is the number of Upanishads, comprising Indian philosophy’s Vedic texts
  • 108 is the number of names for Buddha
  • 108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary
  • 108 is the number of beads on the mala of Hindu and Buddhist traditions
  • 108 is 18 times the number 6, which is the number of days per week that yoga is traditionally practiced
  • In Ayurveda (sister science to Yoga), there are 108 marmas (energy channels) in the body
  • 108 lines of energy are said to converge to form the heart chakra
  • The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times sun-diameter
  • The distance between the earth and moon is 108 times moon-diameter;
  • Mineral silver, which traditionally represents the moon, has the atomic weight of 108
  • According to Tantric heritage, there are 108 pilgrimage centers (pitha) that are dedicated to the feminine (lunar) principle, or Shakti
  • Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present and 36 related to the future
  • In Astrology there are 12 houses and 9 planets (12*9 equals 108)
  • Stages of the soul: it is said that Atman, the human soul or center, goes through 108 stages on the journey
  • The Indian tradition has 108 forms of dance
  • It is common for Buddhist temples to have 108 steps leading to the temple
  • And for all baseball fans – there are 108 stitches on a baseball

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