The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number, not only in yoga but in many spiritual traditions around the world. But what is the significance of 108? Why is it recurring in so many places?
Symbolically, 1 can be said to stand for Truth or God, 0 for Emptiness or Completeness as defined in spiritual practice, and 8 for Infinity and Eternity. Or, 1 can be said to stand for the individual soul, 0 for the whole, or God, and 8 for eternity.
108 appears in many places in the Vedas, ancient scriptures which form the basis of yoga philosophy and spiritual practice.
But the significance of 108 extends to other spiritual traditions:
Interestingly, in mathematical terms, 108 is also a natural division of circle into a pentagram, where the circle symbolises eternity and infinity, and the cycles of life and nature, while the circle touching all five points indicates that earth, water, fire, air and spirit are all connected.
Also, 360 degrees divided by 108 = 3.33, whereby the repeated number 333 is considered to carry the vibration of remembering one’s life purpose and soul mission. Furthermore, in 108=36+72, the ratio of 36 and 72 is 1:2, while in 108=9×12, the ratio of 9 and 12 is 3:4). Nothing more than fun facts, perhaps.
And the significance of 108 extends to other aspects of human knowledge from different parts of the world, for example:
Even in modern astronomy, we know that:
Some quantum physicists interpret the world as information in 1s and 0s, for eternity (information cannot be destroyed), which could be represented by the symbol 8. From quantum physicists to pagans to Hindus, the world is viewed as energy vibration, with everything having its own frequency.
Numbers are therefore believed to resonate with a particular frequency (hence their use in Angka Meditation). An entire school of thought revolves around the significance of numbers, and this is known as numerology.
According to numerology:
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