Why 108 Sun Salutations?
Below are just a few reasons that 108 is such an auspicious number in both the yogic community and beyond!
For starters, there are 108 beads on a mala.
Did you know that the larger bead on a mala is called the meru bead? It is not a part of the 108 and is not a part of a sequence of the other beads. It marks the start and finish of the mala.
Harshad in sanskrit means “great joy”. 108 is a Harshad number which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits.
There are 108 lines of energy that meet in our chest to form the heart chakra.
There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each letter has masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) version. 54×2=108.
The Vedics say that between pranayama (breath control) and meditation one can reduce the number of breaths to only 108 breaths per day. If one can successfully accomplish that enlightenment will come.
There are 108 Upanishads. Upanishads are Vedic texts that contain the wisdom of the ancient sages.
In Buddhism, it is good luck to carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut.
Some Buddhists celebrate the new year by ringing a bell 108 times. (Now that’s really “ringing in a new year!”)
1, 0, and 8: it is said that 1 symbolizes God or higher Truth, 0 for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 represents infinity or eternity.
There are 108 names for Shiva.
There are 108 names for Buddha.
Traditionally the numbers 9 and 12 have been thought to have spiritual significance. They seem to have significance in math too!
In a pentagon, the angle formed by two adjacent lines equals 108 degrees.
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