Why 108 beads?

Why 108 Beads?

Meaning of number 108 on a mala necklace

Mala necklaces are usually made of 108 beads or division of that number (18,27,54)
108 number is considered sacred in Eastern Religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Hereafter are the main interpretations :

Heart Chakras : Chakras are energy lines inside human body. It is believed that there are 108 intersections of energy lines in total. When these lines converge, they form the heart chakra.

9 TIMES 12 : Both numbers are said to have spiritual meaning in many religions and traditions. 9 times 12 is equal to 108

8 extra beads: When counting mantras, meditation is considered completed when reaching 100. The remaining 8 beads are said to cover errors and omissions. It is also said that you can offer the 8 beads to God or Guru.

108 Feelings : it is said that there are 108 feelings. You reach this number by multiplying :
6 senses (smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness)
3 manifests (painful, pleasant or )
2 locations (internally generated or externally occurring)
3 times (past, present and future)
6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = you get 108 feelings.

Time : There are 108 feelings : 36 are related with the past, 36 with the present and the remaining 36 with the future.

Desires : It is said that there are 108 earthly desires.

As you can see, there are many explanations to number 108. It is opened to interpretation and that makes it beautiful and inspiring.


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