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Why 108 Beads?

108 isn't just a number to follow 107 and proceed 109 but is to be believe a sacred number.  since we as humans are deeply connected to all of nature, chanting 108 times is a way of connecting ourselves with the cosmic cycles governing our universe.

Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters, each has masculine and feminine form called shiva and shakti respectively. 54 times 2 = 108.

There are said to be 108 energy lines or nadis converging to form the heart chakra.

Marmas are like Chakras, intersection of energy, with fewer converging energy lines. On Sri Yantra, the Marmas have 54 intersecting energy lines where three lines intersect. Each have feminine, shakti and masculine, shiva qualities. 54 times 2 = 108. Therefore there are 108 points that define the human body and the Sri Yantra or the Yantra of Creation.

Each of the interior angles formed by two adjacent lines in a regular pentagon equal 108 degrees.

108 is a Harshad Number, an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad in Sanskrit means ‘joy-giver’.

Hinduism:  The names of Hindu Deities = 108.
Tibetan Buddhism: it is believed that there are 108 sins.
Islam: 108 is used to refer to God.
Jain: there are 108 virtues.

The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

These were calculated in ancient India and they have be verified by modern calculations to be very accurate.

There are 12 constellation and 9 arc segments. 9 times 12 equals 108.
The metal silver represents the moon in astrology. The atomic weight of silver is 108.

River Ganga: The sacred river in India, River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 degrees and a latitude of 9 degrees. 12 times 9 = 108.

According to Ayurveda, there are 108 pressure points in a human body.

Other Less Significant, yet noteworthy:

There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions.

There are said to be 108 types of meditation.

Some say there are 108 paths to God.

Indian traditions have 108 dance forms.

The first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin lasted 108 minutes – April 1961.

The highest broadcast band of FM radio is 108.0.

1-0-8 is the emergency telephone number in India (such as 911 in U.S.)