Why is 108 a significant number?
The magic number 1 0 8
The magic number 1 0 8 “There are many interpretations about the meaning of the number 108. In Hinduism and yoga, 108 has been venerated as a sacred number for a very long time. Traditionally, malas or prayer chains have 108 balls plus one "guru" ball. The 108 spheres orbit the sun like the planets. A japa mala is used to count the repetitions of a mantra, just like the rosary of Christians. Well-known mathematicians of the Vedic culture saw in the number 108 the wholeness of being. The number also connects the sun, the moon and our earth: the average distance from the sun and moon to earth is 108 times the respective diameter. Such phenomena gave rise to many more examples of the magical meaning. " have 108 names. The recitation of the 108 names accompanied by the counting of the 108 mala beads is considered a sacred act and is often performed in religious ceremonies. - Shiva dances his cosmic dance as Nataraja with 108 different dance steps. - In Hindu astrology there are 12 rashis (signs of the zodiac) and 9 planets (navagraha) - 12 x; 9 = 108. There are also 27 groups of stars (Nakshatra), each subdivided into 4 Pada (quarters) - 27 x 4 = 108. - The Eklingji Temple Complex, a Hindu temple in Udaipur, Rajasthan, West India , contains 108 individual temples in its high walls. - There are 108 stools in Buddhism in Tibet. - The Lankavatara Sutra makes several references to the 108 levels. - In the Khmer temple at Angkor Wat there are numerous references to 108. This number plays a significant role in the symbolic power of the entire complex. - In the Thai language the number 108 (Thai: ๑๐๘) means an indescribably large number of things. - There are often 108 symbols on the soles of Thai Buddha statues. 09/02/2016 Martin Ramb | yoga-lehrer-berlin.de Page 1 of 2 - The Thai book "108 Yant" (Thai: ๑๐๘ ยันต์) is a compilation of 108 different versions of the tattoos of magical yantra diagrams. (Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundertacht, read on September 1st, 2016) Swami Satyananda said (Yoga Magazine, 7/2003): “People often ask why the number 108 promises happiness. In fact, it's not about the number 108 at all, but about 1-0-8 (the digits one, nothing (zero) and eight). The number one stands for pursuha, the eight for prakrti, the eightfold nature, and the zero represents nothing, empty space or emptiness. When pursuha and prakrti unite, creation arises. Eight plus one is nine. If you look at the multiples of nine like 9 x 2 = 18, 9 x 3 = 27, 9 x 4 = 36, 9 x 5 = 45 etc. the digits of the sums always result in nine (18: 1 + 8 = 9; 27 : 2 + 7 = 9, etc.). All multiples of nine always add up to nine. Despite the duality and destruction, the universe and creation continue to exist. But we must not forget that creation has no beginning and no end. There will never be a day without creation. She was, is and will be. It is the same with the number 108. The number one stands for pursuha, the eight for prakrti, and the separation of prakrti from pursuha results in a vacuum, a void, a non-existence, a non-mind. That's what yoga is all about. The number 108 thus stands for the path of yoga, the [re-] separation of pursuha from prakrti by attaining a state of emptiness called dhyana or samadhi. The zero in 108 is a "space" and means: nothing. When the mind comes to rest, there is only stillness (no more undulations). The state of emptiness arises when the mind is freed from every experience made: conscious, subconscious and unconscious. That is, in this emptiness pursuha separates from prakrti. That is the meaning of 1-0-8. ”[…] 09/02/2016 Martin Ramb | yoga-lehrer-berlin.de Page 2 of 2
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