Did You Know the Number 108 is a Magical Number?
108 IS a magical number! I have evidence…
With baseball season in full swing, my thoughts go back to the Cubs winning the World Series. Not because I’m a Cubs fan. My husband is the Cubs fan. I’m reminded of that glorious day in my husband’s life when the Cubs won the World Series because of the number 108.
Let me explain why the number 108 is so significant. Spiritually, 108 is a sacred number. In yoga it is a Harshad Number, an integer divisible by the sum of its digits (1+0+8=9 and 108 divided by 9 is 12). Harshad in Sanskrit means “joy-giver.” There are 108 sacred sites throughout India. And in yoga it is believed there are 108 sacred points on the body. Yoga Malas are made with 108 beads to help counting when chanting mantras. 108 is known as the number of spiritual completion. This number is seen in rituals in all types of religions.
And Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter. Weird, huh.
Outside of spirituality, 108 has geometric significance as it is a natural division of circle (108=36+72=9×12). And a leap year has 366 days and 3x6x6 = 108. The distance of the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. AND the distance between the Earth and the Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. And as a human being, if body temperature reaches 108 degrees Fahrenheit our vital organs begin to fail from over-heating.
AND, the game UNO has 108 cards and Canasta is played with 108 cards.
Okay, no more facts. What the heck does this have to do with the Cubs?
When the Cubs made it into the World Series, my husband was so happy he was teary eyed. I didn’t pay much attention because, frankly, I didn’t even know he was a Cubs fan until that moment. I didn’t know he had watched the Cubs religiously growing up. But here they were in the World Series. “And it has been 108 years since the Cubs have won.”
My ears perked up. “108 is a magical number,” I told him. “Uh huh,” he replied.
Next thing I know, it’s November 2nd, 2016, and I’m sitting in a sports bar watching the last game of the World Series. It’s the 10th inning and the Cubs have 8 runs. “You know,” I said to my husband, “It’s the 10th inning with 8 runs. 108.”
And next thing I know, the Cubs’ first baseman is catching the ball with a HUGE grin on his face. It’s the final out. And with that, the Cubs had won. And that player put the baseball in his pocket. Smart man.
My husband was crying and whooping. As we walked to the car, he sounded his barbaric yawp to the rooftops of the world in joy. (A little Dead Poet’s Society reference for ya there…)
As I’m driving us home, I say, “I told you 108 was a magical number. It took 108 years for the Cubs to win and they won in the 10th inning with 8 runs. You can’t tell me that doesn’t mean something.”
When we got home, he was reading all about the win on the internet. Suddenly he says, “Hey Heather… A baseball has 108 stitches in it.”
“See!!! I’m totally right! It is a magical number!”
It took the Cubs winning the World Series to convince him.
Do you have any experiences with the number 108? I’d love to hear about them! Seriously! I “Yoga Nerd” out on stories of 108! So please post them in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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