Why 108?


Because I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. Because it’s a sacred number in multiple religious traditions. Because malas have 108 beads to count mantras as you chant. Because it’s a hyperfactorial of 3 (but don’t ask me to do the math). Because the diameter of the sun is about 108 times that of Earth’s diameter. Because according to Ayurveda, the body contains 108 pressure points where flesh and consciousness meet to form the living being. Because dedicated yogis and yoginis perform 108 sun salutations to honor solstices and equinoxes. Because 108 words published at 1:08 provides a tight, strange structure for a blog. Because it’s beautiful.

Angela Winter