What is the significance of 108 on my mala beads?

The number 108 is significant for so many reasons.

Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.

No matter who you ask, the answer will most likely be different each time.

The truth is — the significance of 108 beads on your mala is open to interpretation. Which we love.

As mala beads were traditionally created to be used as a tool in meditation, we like to associate it with the ideals of meditation.

However — we believe mala beads are also beautiful mediums to set intentions, manifest, and generally feel good. You don't have to meditate on the beads, although that's what they are made for in a practical sense.

Our malas are handknotted between each seed and gemstone, allowing one to chant their mantra — a sound or string of words — and keep track of were they are.

Our mala necklaces all reflect the number 108. Almost all of our malas have 108 beads, while some have 216 (double), or 54 (half).

Here are some more popular reasons behind the 108 mythology in mala beads.

Chakras
One of our favourite explanations for having 108 beads on a mala is related to the chakras (the seven energy points in our body).

It has been said there there are 108 energy lines connecting to the heart, with one of them believed to be the path to self realization.

Mantras
When using your mala beads in meditation and chanting your mantra, some have said you are complete once you have done it 100 times. The 8 extra beads are to account for errors. Or even more beautiful, are meant to be an offering to your guru.

Letters
Many choose to recite their mantra in sanskrit, the ancient script of India. Within the Saksrit alphabet there are 54 letters. Each letter has a feminine and masculine version — totalling 108.


What's your favourite connection to having 108 beads on your mala? Leave a comment below.

April 30, 2014 by Ashley Wray
Tags: Mala 101

Comments

Joaquin

Joaquin said:

Today I received a mala of 216 beads but, How can I use it if this mala has the double beads of a traditional mala ?, Do I have to repeat the double of mantras ? … Please help me. I really appreciate your help.

Jayne hope

Jayne hope said:

Hello
I live in Singapore – but off to Melbourne next week – so could you ship there.?
I’m after a beautiful 108 mainly torquiose with some gold coloured Beads stackable bracelet ?
Can you ship quickly – can you please suggest
a design ?
Thank you vert much

Rachael @ Mala Collective

Rachael @ Mala Collective said:

Hi Jayne,

Please look for an email from us from info@malacollective.com

Namaste,
Rachael

Roopashree

Roopashree said:

In Indian tradition, one is interconnected with the other….like numerology, ayurveda, yoga, astrology etc. In vedic astrology, there are 27 nakshatras (asterism) which is divided into 12 zodiac sign. Each nakshatra is further divided into 4 charans( sub divisions). So 27×4= 108.

Jim Andrew

Jim Andrew said:

Hi, I have found many answers to this question but I’m not sure which one to follow so perhaps I think or feel that it depends on what suits you yourself as an individual in the chaos there’s the balance that can determine your own personal cleansing, healing, meditation to reach your unique nirvana.Once you’ve counted each one including a mantra or your own prayer, then count 108 times on each & everyone of the 108 beads. This being a total of 11,664 times to reach your own personal meditation, nirvana, cleansing & healing. If one feels comfortable with that, practice it. Otherwise find your own. After all the goal is the way. ..xxxx

Jim Andrew

Jim Andrew said:

Hi, I have found many answers to this question but I’m not sure which one to follow so perhaps I think or feel that it depends on what suits you yourself as an individual in the chaos there’s the balance that can determine your own personal cleansing, healing, meditation to reach your unique nirvana.Once you’ve counted each one including a mantra or your own prayer, then count 108 times on each & everyone of the 108 beads. This being a total of 11,664 times to reach your own personal meditation, nirvana, cleansing & healing. If one feels comfortable with that, practice it. Otherwise find your own. After all the goal is the way. ..xxxx

Vikesh

Vikesh said:

Hi All,
The numbers 1 0 and 8 add up to 9, this also occurs for numbers like 54 (half) and 27 (a quarter) which is why they are also used at times. 9 is said to be the number of infinity, which is the nature of the Divine.

Lorraine

Lorraine said:

108 equal the 54 letters, men and women, yin yan, black white etc…….

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