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The Significance of 108: Unveiling the Sacred Mystery

August 27, 2023

In the realm of yoga and spirituality, the number 108 holds a sacred significance that transcends cultures and traditions. Ancient sages and yogis revered this number as a symbol of cosmic completeness, embodying profound truths about the universe and the human journey. Let’s embark on a mystical journey to explore the deep-rooted significance of 108 and embrace the wholeness and harmony it represents.

The Enigmatic Number 108

Throughout history, the number 108 has found its way into countless spiritual practices, sacred texts, and cosmic phenomena. In various cultures and traditions, this number carries profound meaning.

Ancient Origins and Symbolism 

The number 108 has its roots in ancient Indian scriptures, where it is believed to represent the ultimate truth and the cosmic cycle of creation. It is considered a combination of significant numbers: 1, representing unity and the divine; 0, symbolizing the void and potential; and 8, representing infinity and eternity. The coming together of these elements signifies the wholeness and completeness of existence.

Yoga and Energy Centers

In the practice of yoga, the human body is believed to house 108 energy centers or marma points, which are vital for our physical and energetic well-being. Moreover, there are 108 primary Nadis नाड़ी (Energy Channels) converging at the Anahata Chakra अनाहत चक्र (Heart Chakra), fostering the balance of Prana प्राण (Life Force Energy) within us.

Astronomy and the Universe: Cosmic Mathematics

In astronomy, the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon align perfectly to form an equilateral triangle known as the “Great Circle.” This alignment allows the Sun and the Moon to appear almost the same size in the sky, resulting in awe-inspiring solar and lunar eclipses. The diameter of the Sun is approximately 108 times that of the Earth, while the distance between the Earth and the Moon is approximately 108 times the Moon’s diameter. The cosmos, it seems, has woven the number 108 into the fabric of our universe.

Sacred Beads: The Mala माला

In spiritual practices like meditation and mantra chanting, a mala (a string of 108 beads) is often used. Each bead represents a sacred repetition of a chosen mantra or affirmation, allowing the practitioner to focus on their intention, foster mindfulness, and deepen their spiritual connection. As the mala completes one full round of 108 repetitions, it symbolizes the completion of a spiritual journey.

Spiritual Traditions and Rituals

The number 108 is prevalent in various spiritual traditions and rituals worldwide. In Hinduism, there are 108 Upanishads उपनिषद् (ancient texts), and 108 names of deities. Buddhist temples in Japan often have 108 steps, symbolizing the journey to enlightenment. Lord Buddha is believed to have given teachings answering 108 questions which are contained within the Lankavatara Sutra (Buddhist scripture). In Christianity, 108 is associated with the distance from Earth to God. The significance of 108 transcends cultural boundaries, demonstrating its universal importance.

Sanskrit Alphabet

The Sanskrit language, an ancient and sacred language of India, consists of 54 alphabets with each having a masculine form (Shiva शिव) and a feminine form (Shakti शक्ति), totaling 108. 

The number 108 serves as a reminder of the journey toward self-awareness and spiritual awakening. It is a call to delve deep within, exploring the infinite layers of our consciousness and aligning with the cosmic energy that flows through all living beings. Chanting a mantra 108 times or taking 108 conscious breaths enhances focus, fosters inner peace, and facilitates a profound connection with the present moment.

Embracing Wholeness and Harmony: Incorporating the mystical significance of 108 into our yoga and wellness practices, we invite you to embrace wholeness and harmony on all levels – physical, mental, and spiritual. Our experienced instructors guide you through the transformative power of yoga, meditation, and breathwork, encouraging a deeper understanding of the cosmic truths that 108 embodies. Check out the Coquihalla Asrayas or contact us if you want to know more about our other offerings.

The number 108 stands as a gateway to spiritual awakening, a reminder of the profound interconnectedness that binds us to the universe. It is a symbol of unity, completion, and cosmic interconnectedness. From ancient scriptures to contemporary spiritual practices, this sacred number weaves its way into the fabric of our existence, serving as a reminder of the eternal truths that govern our world. Embracing the significance of 108 allows us to tap into the deeper mysteries of life, fostering a sense of wholeness, mindfulness, and connection with the vastness of the universe. As we explore the mystical importance of 108, let us cultivate a deeper appreciation for the divine harmony that surrounds us, anchoring us to the rhythm of the cosmos.


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