Just for fun - The Significance of the number 108 - Janice Roosevelt, Keller Williams Real Estate, PA & DE

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India's  rosary or set of mantra counting beads has 108. that's been a sacred number in the subcontinent for a long time.

Ancient Indians were superb  mathematicians. The number 108 may be the product of a precise mathematical operation (e.g. 1 power 1 x 2 power 2 x 3 power 3 = 108) which was thought to have special numerological significance.

Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math: 1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2x2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3). 1x4x27=108

Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.

Marmas: Marmas or marmastanas are like energy intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy lines converging to form them. There are said to be 108 marmas in the subtle body.

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.

Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole.

Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

Sun and Earth: The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.

Numerical scale: The 1 of 108, and the 8 of 108, when added together equals 9, which is the number of the numerical scale, i.e. 1, 2, 3 ... 10, etc., where 0 is not a number.

Smaller divisions: The number 108 is divided, such as in half, third, quarter, or twelfth, so that some malas have 54, 36, 27, or 9 beads.

Islam: The number 108 is used in Islam to refer to God.

Jain: In the Jain religion, 108 are the combined virtues of five categories of holy ones, including 12, 8, 36, 25, and 27 virtues respectively.

Sikh: The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool, rather than beads.

Chinese: The Chinese Buddhists and Taoists use a 108 bead mala, which is called su-chu, and has three dividing beads, so the mala is divided into three parts of 36 each.

Stages of the soul: Said that Atman, the human soul or center goes through 108 stages on the journey.

Meru: This is a larger bead, not part of the 108. It is not tied in the sequence of the other beads. It is the quiding bead, the one that marks the beginning and end of the mala.

Pythagorean: The nine is the limit of all numbers, all others existing and coming from the same. ie: 0 to 9 is all one needs to make up an infinite amount of numbers.

SHOSHU BUDDHIST
Followers use 108 beads in their malas. They implement the following formula:
6 x 3 x 2 x3 = 108
6 senses [sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought]
3 aspects of time [past, present, future]
2 condition of heart [pure or impure]
3 possibilties of sentiment [like, dislike, indifference]

BUDDHA'S FOOTPRINT
All Buddhists accept the Buddha Footprint with its 108 Auspicious Illustrations. These areas are considered to have been marked on the Buddha's left foot when his body was discovered.

BUDDHISM
108 beads on the Hindu maalaa {rosary}
108 Arhats or Holy Ones

HINDUISM
108 Gopis {consorts} of Lord Krishna
108 Holy places for Vaishnavas
108 beads on the Japa maalaa {rosary}
108 Upanishads
108 Divyadeshes  - Divine or Sacred Tirtha throughout India and Nepal
108 sacred water taps in Muktinath - Nepal

  
 

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Interesting.  I know Indians are into numerology and superstition, and consult the gurus about the most auspicious day for a wedding ceremony and even their proposed spouse's suitability.  A couple of days ago I showed a condo to an Indian and she would not consider it because the unit number, 401, added up to the number 5.  Bad karma for her.

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Dec 02, 2010 03:49 PM #1
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Janice Roosevelt
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Jane, I have had that happen a number of times, as well as what direction the house faces. I had one client bring a compass with her to each house.

Dec 02, 2010 04:13 PM #2
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That is a lot of information Janice, and very interesting.  I appreciate you taking the time to put it together.  I heard a mathematician interviewed on the radio some time ago and he said the proper numbers should be 0-9. Apparently if we were to realize that and learn some simple tricks we could all be human calculators.  

Chris

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Lou Ludwig
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Janice

You give a whole new meaning to the number 108.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 02, 2010 10:43 PM #4
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Janice Roosevelt
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Chris, I think some of us are more in tune to the caluclator side of us than others.

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Lou, I thought it was fairly amazing.

Dec 03, 2010 06:12 AM #6
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