Interesting Facts about Mala Beads and the number 108

Shivjyoti Puri | 08 August, 2017

            Interesting Facts about Mala Beads and the number 108

The mala is a spiritually significant and meaningful item, often worn and used for meditation and mindfulness practices, it is a combination of beautiful crystals or just Rudraksha worn symbolically to harness an infinite source of energy and tune us into our higher power. A mala reminds us of our inner self and continuously draws our awareness toward meditation. 

Here’s some interesting & amazing facts; Reflecting on the significance of 108:

  • The distance between the Sun and Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. 
  • The distance between the Moon and Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. 
  • The Diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of Earth. The mala is believed to maintain our harmony with the sun and moon energies effecting our quality of life and good health. 
  • There are 12 zodiac signs and 9 planets 12 x 9 = 108. A mala is often worn to alleviate the influence of the planets or ‘stars’ in our life and thus avoid afflictions and the problems generally predicted in ones astrological chart.
  • There are 108 main energy channels or nerves than run through the heart. Called Anahata Chakra, wearing a mala that reaches till the heart supports the vital flow of energy through ‘seat of the self’, as taught in traditional Yoga. 
  • 108 degrees Fahrenheit is the maximum internal temperature the body can maintain it’s function, it is believed the mala balances and maintains the bodies inner harmony, heat  and can help us avoid illness. 
  • All 27 constellations of our galaxy have 4 directions, the total combinations is 27 x 4 =108
  • More than two-thirds of the world use prayer beads, rosary beads, or worry beads today, to aid in their spiritual practices. 
  • When the Roman Empire was trading with India, they mistook the word japa (mantra mala) for jap, the Latin word for “rose.” So when these prayer beads came to be used in Rome, they were called rosarium, or rosary in English, hence the origin of Christian beads is from ancient India.

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