The Significance of 108

There are many interpretations as to the significance of the number 108 in Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga:

  • There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet – each letter has a masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) energy. 54 plus 54 equals 108.
  • The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
  • The diameter of the Moon, multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Earth and Moon.
  • There are 108 energy channels or Nadis which intersect through the heart chakra in the body.
  • 1 represents “oneness”, “0” represents “emptiness” and “8” represents “infinity” and goodluck. This is the ultimate reality of the universe.
  • There are 108 sacred sites in India.
  • There are 9 planets and 12 zodiac signs, 9 times 12 is 108.
  • In 24 hours, humans think of 36 things in the past, 36 things in the present and 36 things in the future, 36 times three is 108.
  • 21,600 breathes 10,800 breaths for lunar and 10,800 breathes for sunlight.