This is my 108th post! Jai!

Every week I wonder at least once why I even write this blog…but I still keep coming back to it.  It’s fun for me and I think it’s a healthy release for ranting and creativity.  I still can’t believe at times that people find my life interesting enough to keep reading it.  My numbers aren’t big but they are definitely growing – so thank you, dear readers! It’s nice to know that I’m actually connecting with people and not just writing this for the sake of hearing my own voice (or hearing the tip-tap of my little fingers)!

What’s the deal with 108 you might wonder? Why the excitement over a seemingly random number?

Well, 108 is a highly auspicious number in Vedic culture.

There are 108 beads on a mala.  This means that with each round of japa, you chant the mantra 108 times.

There are 108 main gopis.  108 Upanishads.  108 stitches on a baseball (true,…but not Vedic!)

In Sanskrit there are 54 “letters”.  Each has a feminine and a masculine (shiva and shakti) so 54 x 2 = 108.

Astrologically there are 12 houses and 9 planets.  12 x 9 = 108.

The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of earth.

There are 108 energy lines converging at the Heart Chakra.  One of these is the Sushumna Nadi the central channel that is the path that needs to be open in order to attain Self Realization.

If we break down 108, we get the singular number 1 which stands for the Supreme, the Oneness that is God,  ZERO, the emptiness which is still completeness – sunia, and then 8, which stands for Infinity and the Interconnectedness of all.

The ancient Indians were extremely skillful mathematicians so there is a lot more complicated mathematical explanation for why this is such a perfect and holy number.  This number is significant for Hindus of course but also for the other Dharmic religions.  There are even references to the holiness of this number in Chinese culture and the Abrahamic Religions.  Google-ji it!

On a side note, for all you Ashtangis out there, check out the Elephant Ashtanga Facebook Page. “Like” it, see all the Ashtanga related articles on EJ and connect with other Ashtangis.  My Fiance Yogi (who has a real name too….it’s Thaddeus) is now the “Elephant Ashtanga Editor”.  So, if you want to write an Ashtanga-related piece and have it published on Elephant Journal then Thaddeus is your guy! Let’s spread the Ashtanga LOVE on EJ!

Much LOVE to all.

Happy Sunday.





5 thoughts on “108.

  1. Thaddeus is your fiancé?? I am a fan of his thoughtful comments and was very glad to see his writing featured on EJ. Happy Thanksgiving to you both. The yoga cyber world sure is small…..

    • indeed! happy thanksgiving to you as well. thaddeus is definitely a thoughtful man, a smarty-pants and a damn good yogi as well. it would be really cool if you wanted to write a piece for EJ….i can put you and thad in touch if that’s something you are interested in! blessings.

  2. That is a very lovely offer, but you will eventually notice that I can barely squeeze out one paragraph a day, and that leaves me panting… I love commenting though, so I’ll stick to that!

  3. About 108, any object thrown 108 times its height will be of apparent size as that of moon and sun. that’s why they look same.
    so moon is 108 times its diameter away from earth. and earth is 108 times sun’s diameter away from sun.

    “* Distance between earth and sun = 108 times sun-diameter,

    * Distance between earth and moon = 108 times moon-diameter, and most remarkably,

    * Diameter of the sun = 108 times the earth diameter.

    That the Indians knew of the first two shouldn’t surprise, because it can be calculated by anyone without the need for any instruments. Take a pole, mark its height, and then remove it to a place 108 times its height. The pole will look exactly of the same angular size as the moon or the sun.

    I don’t believe Indians knew the third fact, that the sun is 108 times as large as the earth, because there is no evidence of that in the old astronomy manuals. If they did, it would be as amazing a coincidence as the knowledge of the correct speed of light before modern measurements.”
    -R Malhotra.

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