[Advaita-l] Why holy mantras are chanted 108 times
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Mon Jan 11 06:36:13 CST 2010
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About 108 - here is one perspective.
8 stand for lower prakRiti as Krishna describes in 7th chapter - BhuumiH aapaH .. bhinna prakRitiH ashTadhaa. This eight fold nature consisting of 5 bhutaas - manaH, bhddhi and ahankaara - total 8 constituting my lower prakRiti.
The Krishna says in the next sloka there is something higher that is providing support for these 8-fold prakRiti. That is my higher nature. and that is one advaita. Hence we have 1 followed by the eight. One has higher value hence in the higher digit. All the pluralities fall in between - all have of zero value thus we have 18, 108, 1008 etc.
The maalas are made of 108 beads with Brahma mudi where during japa yoga one counts the beads but do not cross Brahma knot.
Just an explanation.
--- On Mon, 1/11/10, Michael Shepherd <michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk> wrote:
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