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**108 Terms**

Multiples of 12 play a seminal role in astronomical and cosmological systems, especially:

12, 24, 36, 72, 108, 144, 288, 432, 576, 720, 864, 1008, 1152, 1296, 1440

108 is one of the key numbers in symbolism. Powers of 1, 2, and 3 in math:

1 to 1st power=1;

2 to 2nd power=4 (2x2);

3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3).

1x4x27=108 108 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 x 3. 108 = 1 x 4 x 27 108 = 12 constellations x 9 parts or navamshas = chandrakalas

The basic ten digit numbering system developed in India has one to nine numbers and a zero. The final digit is nine which when multiplied by any other digit gives a series of numbers which add up to the number nine. For example the addition of one, zero and eight is nine. This is the significance of 108 which is a multiple of nine or nine times twelve to be exact. http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/6291/dharma.html

The Panchakroshi Yatra covers a distance of 5x5 krosha (i.e. 55.2 miles/88.6 km), requiring five nights and six days of walking and 108 shrines (this ubiquitous number has astronomical roots: 12 signs of the zodiac and 9 planets; or 4 cardinal directions, three realms of the cosmos and 9 planets; or 27 days of the lunar sidereal cycle and 4 directions). http://www.sasnet.lu.se/EASASpapers/46JohnMalville.pdf One complete Mala consists of 108 repetitions. Various reasons are given with regard to the significance of this number. Some of the main reasons are: It has been established that man takes 10 800 breaths during a period of twelve hours. Therefore, in a period of 24 hours, one takes 21 600 breaths. One half of this time may be allowed for sleeping, eating or other essential activities. The remainder of the time should be spent in the thought of God. The merit of taking God’s name is multiplied 100 times when done on a Mala. Therefore, 108 Mantras done on a Mala is equivalent to the taking of God’s name 10 800 times. There are 27 Nakshatras or Heavenly Bodies that regulate our destinies. Each Nakshatra enters 4 phases or Charans in the course of an astrological day or Tithi. Therefore all the Nakshatras pass through 108 Charans (27 x 4 = 108) during any Tithi. The Shastras (scriptures) say that the Brahman (God) is symbolically represented by the figure 9. The three figures in the number 108 add up to nine (1 + 0 + 8 = 9). The figure 9 itself when multiplied by any other figure and the digits of the answer when added up will provide the answer as exactly 9. Examples: 9 x 28 = 252 (2 + 5+ 2 = 9) 9 x 1855 = 16 695 (1 + 6+ 6 + 9 + 5 = 27) (2 + 7 = 9) 9 x 1368 = 12 312 (1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 2 =9)

A pentagram inscribed in a circle has 5 108 degree angles Gorsleben, p. 138: http://unglaublichkeiten.net/lager/Gorsleben.pdf

To find the prime factorization of a number you have to first choose a factor pair of the number. A factor pair are two factors of a number and when you multiply them they should equal the number that you started with. Example: 108= 12x9… The keep breaking down the numbers until all the numbers are prime. Example: 108= 12x9= 3x4x3x3= 3x2x2x3x3

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