## 108 •

### a sacred number in yoga

Which meaning best describes you?

**the astronome****r****: **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.

* the flower child: *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. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.

* the intellectual: *Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math: 1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2×2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27=

**108 108**is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (Harshad is from Sanskrit, and means “great joy”)

* the spiritualist: *9 times 12: Both of these numbers have been said to have spiritual significance in many traditions. 9 times 12 is

**108**. Also, 1 plus 8 equals 9. That 9 times 12 equals

**108**. 1, 0, and 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

* the yogi: *There are 54 letters in Sanskrit, each can be mentioned as masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) aspect, totaling

**108**.

## Mala Beads

There are **108** beads on a mala and they are used to count mantras. You start with your hand at the center bead (Guru knot) and as each bead slips across the finger you say a mantra, 100 times for yourself and 8 times as an offering to someone else.

## Journey

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