Hinduism is a religion that has a lot of rituals, traditions, and customs. Most of these things have been done since the time of the Vedas. You may have noticed that 108 comes up a lot when discussing the Hindu religion. We will examine where 108 counts come from, their meaning, and their importance.
According to Surya Sidhantha, an old astronomy book, people in the past used the solar system and people to figure out how fast light travels. The number in the book is about the same as how the speed of light is calculated today.
In the solar system, the distance between the Earth and the Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The Sun does the same thing. There are 114 chakras in the human body, and two of them are outside the body. We must pay attention to all 108 chakras as we work on them. Four other chakras also get the benefit based on how the other 108 chakras work.
There are other religions in the world besides the Hindu religion that give the 108 counts meaning. Both Jainism and Zen Buddhism focus on the number 108. Zen Buddhism ties it to the idea of Nirvana, which means salvation. In Buddhist temples, ringing the bell 108 times is very good.
In Hindu culture, there are 108 names for the gods. There are other things that the number 108 means for Hindu gods. Gaudiya Vaishnavism says that Lord Krishna had 108 flowers in his Brindavan. Lord Shiva had 108 guests at his party.
Significance of 108 in Hinduism, Chanting 108 Beads
In Hindu religion and Yogic practices, the number 108 has a lot of different meanings. Here, we’ll look at a few of them that are very important to our physical and mental health.
- There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit language as a whole. However, each letter in Sanskrit has a feminine or Shakti energy and masculine or Shiva energy. Based on the maths, there are 54 letters times two, 108.
- Most devotees use a Japa Mala with prayer beads and a guru bead when they meditate or pray. Mala is made up of 108 prayer beads, which represent the planets going around the Sun. In the Hindu religion, counting the beads and finishing one circle is a big deal. Many people think it’s the same as reaching Moksha or a picture of how our lives go in cycles.
- According to yoga, India has 108 Pithas or holy places. This means that 108 brings spiritual completion. Doing the Surya Namaskar, also called the Sun Salutation, nine times is very good for you. Since there are 12 positions in the Surya Namaskar, you multiply 9 by 12 to get 108. It helps us get our minds and bodies back in sync with reincarnation, which is in cycles. In addition to the Sun Salutation, you can do breathing exercises and other Asanas 108 times to get the most out of them.
- As was already said, our bodies have 108 chakras. But we mostly talk about the seven chakras. Our bodies have 108 energy lines. They are called “Nadis.” The Nadis help our health chakras take shape. By focusing on the 108 Nadis in our bodies, we can fix any problems with the heart chakra. All of the chakras depend on each other. So, it is important to make sure all the chakras are healthy.
- We have 108 marma points on our bodies. They are important parts of our bodies that keep us alive. Aside from that, most people have 108 desires and feelings on Earth. 36 of these 108 feelings happened in the past, 36 are happening now, and the rest will happen in the future.
- In the Hindu religion, the number 108 can also mean other things. There are 108 Upanishads, just like our bodies start at 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 108 is also linked to the order of the universe. It shows the idea of existence as a whole. It’s mostly because of how the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are all linked. Ancient Vedic scholars knew how far away the Earth was from the other planets long before modern scientists did. For example, the Mayans’ High Temple of Lamani is 108 feet tall. It shows how important the number 108 was a long time ago.
- Astrology says that 108 has much to do with our fate. The Earth’s astrological cycle lasts 2160 years. We got it by multiplying 20 times 108. In addition, there are 12 houses and nine planets in Astrology. There are nine arc segments and 12 constellations. Each of these things adds up to 108 as a whole.
- We can reach freedom by repeating the mantras and prayers 108 times. It would help us concentrate and pay attention better. You can go beyond the physical world and into the non-physical world. It brings us closer to strengthening our connection with the Brahman, sometimes called the ultimate consciousness.
In Hinduism, 108 has a deep meaning when chanted or used. It has much to do with saying “Om” repeatedly while chanting or meditating. We can do the Surya Namaskar, pray, or say mantras 108 times to get more benefits. It would take us away from wanting things on Earth.