We are part of the universe. Maybe the microcosm of “US” reflects the macrocosm of the universe. Can we understand the architecture of the Universe by observing natural phenomenons around us? One such mathematical pattern to observe is the number 108. Could it be that this number 108 binds us to the universe. Read on and judge for your self.
What is so unique about this number 108.
- This number connects the sun, moon and the earth.
- The distance from Earth to the Sun is about 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
- The diameter of the sun is about 108 times the diameter of the earth.
- The distance from the earth to the moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon.
- In astrology, the metal silver represents the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108
- At 108 degrees Fahrenheit is the the internal temperature at which the human body’s vital organs begin to fail from overheating.
- An official Major League Baseball baseball has 108 stitches.
- Yuri Gagarin was the first person to be in space and the first person to orbit the earth. His flight in space lasted 108 minutes.
- One of the rings in the Aubrey holes of the famous Stonehenge in England has a diameter of 108 feet. One of the most astonishing aspects of Stonehenge is it relationship with the solar and lunar calendar. The shortest and the longest days of the year are reflected in the science of the Stonehenge structure. So it is believed that Stonehenge was used as a calendar. Could the 108 feet diameter be the reason for such alignment of Stonehenge with the Sun and the moon.
- The Greeks’ came up with the famous idea of the “Golden Ratio”. This was based on a height-width relationship. You get this by taking two points 108 apart on a circle, joining them with a straight line and comparing that to the circumference of the circle.
Could the ancient scholars have found the cosmic connection that the number 108 provides?
- There are 108 beads in the rudraksha mala. Rudraksha is a seed from the Elaeocarpus ganitrus plant. Rudra means “Shiva” Aksa “teardrops”. The mala is used to keep count of the number a times a mantra or prayer. There is one additional bead (109) which marks the beginning and the end of one 108 cycle. The 109th bead is a larger bead and not in the sequence of the other beads.
- Sri-yantra believed to be the geometric blueprint of the universe has 54 points where any 3 lines meet. These are considered the energy points. When you consider the male and the female of energy points it turns out to be 108 (54×2 = 108).
- 108 is a Harshad number. A Harshad is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. The meaning of the the word Harshad in Sanskrit is “great joy”.
- Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters. Each letter has a masculine and feminine (shiva and shakti). Again, 54 times 2 is 108.
- Pranayama: The goal is to be so calm that you breath only 108 breaths per day. It is believed that enlightenment may come when you are able to do this.
- There are 108 Upanishads and 108 Puranas.
- The River Ganga (considered holy by many Hindus) lies between a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). If you multiply 12 and 9. You get 108.
- 1, 0, and 8: 1 stands for God or the ultimate truth. The number 0 stands for emptiness/void/space or the result of spiritual practice. The number 8 stands for infinity or eternity. It is also quiet coincidental that if you turn around the number 8, it starts looking like the symbol for infinity. The numbers could also mean, one thing, nothing and everything.
- In Japan bells are rung 108 times during new year. This symbolizes the passing of the old year and the welcoming of the new year.
- There are 108 Shakti Peethas in Hinduism.
- It is said that the number 108 units represent the distance between our body and the God within us.
- In Buddhism, 108 is a number of possible experiences.
- There are the six consciousnesses: seeing, hearing, smelling , tasting, physical sensation and mental (6)
- These can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral (3)
- They can occur the three time periods : past, present and future (3)
- They can be either virtuous or non-virtuous (2)
- So the total calculation is: (6×3)3×2 = 108