Bhole Baba ki Jai !
Wherever and however big or small you may be celebrating your Navaratri you will hold a mala in your hand in these days.
The repetition of the holy names is practice in all religions. These holy names help to cleanse our mind of the painful and unproductive thoughts. It is said that during these auspicious days your spiritual activity is a lot more potent in action. These days are therefor a good occasion to do some extra time in Japa. Get up a bit earlier and in the night before sleep fill your mind with sacred mantra’s, bring down the Light within you and in doing so, also on earth.
Several times I have been asked why there are 108 beads on a mala and why 108 is a significant number.
In my research I asked Shri Mayapatti Acharya and he answered that if you give numbers to the letters od the Sanskrit alphabet 108 sounds as Brahma, The creative force in our Universe. 9 is known as the most sacred number. However many times you multiply this number and add the outcome it will always come back to 9.Like; 6×9= 54 5+4 =9 or 9×63=324 3+2+4=9. In 108
1+8= 9 and zero is considered Maya.
In the Vedic culture much is explained through numbers. Mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as the number of the wholeness of existence. Astronomically, there are 27 constellations in our galaxy and each has 4 directions. 27 x 4 = 108. In other words, the number 108 covers the whole galaxy.The distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. I did not make the calculations to check but I did see in a program that even though it is perhaps not completely correct it was highly impressive how close this calculation came far before telescopes and other space measuring equipment was invented. In Ayurveda the number appears ( 108 Marma points etc) but also in the Chinese healing system they recognise this number. In puja’s we encounter 108 all the time but also in scriptures and in all the power places around India.
Bhole Baba ki Jai !
Durga Maya ki Jai !
In case you want more information about 108 ;
In Buddhism, there are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions.
108 feelings – Buddhist believe there are 108 feelings calculated as follows:
- 6 Senses (Smell, Touch, Taste, Sight, Hearing and Consciousness)
- x 3 Pleasant, Painful or Neutral feelings
- x 2 Internally or externally generated feelings
- x 3 Past, Present or Future feelings
Therefore, 36 past, 36 present and 36 future feelings = 108
In Yoga, 108 Sun Salutations are often practiced to honor change. For example, to bring peace, respect and understanding at a time of tragedy or to honor the change of seasons.
Tibetans have 108 sacred holy books.
In Jainism, there are believed to be 108 virtues.
108 Steps – Many Hindu and Buddhist temples have 108 steps.
In Japan, at the end of a year, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of the 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.
Lord Buddha is believed to have given a teaching answering 108 questions which are contained within the Lankavatara Sutra (Buddhist scripture).
In Gnosticism, (an ancient Christian religion), it is believed that an individual has 108 chances, or lifetimes to eliminate ego and transcend the material world.
Atman/Soul – In Hinduism, it is believed that the soul or inner self (Atman), goes through 108 stages of spiritual development.
In Taoism, the Wu style of Tai Chi has 108 postures.
Lord Buddha’s footprint is imprinted with 108 auspicious illustrations.
In Islam, the number 108 refers to God.
In the Bible, the words ‘first born’ is used 108 times. The words ‘in truth’ and ‘to forgive’ are used 108 times in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
The Sanskrit Alphabet has 54 letters and each has a masculine and feminine form (Shiva and Shakti) 54 x 2 = 108
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in England is 108 feet in diameter.
There is a lot of consider here and taking all of this into account, with a simplistic viewpoint, you could say that the auspicious number 108 connects science with human mind, body and spirit.