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Why 108?

The fascinating magic of number 108

On the 22th of December 2022, which coincided with the winter solstice, I held a charity action in favour of the NPO Ever’y Cat, which is a Brussels-based NPO whose volunteer staff catches stray cats and gives them a better life in 4 Brussels municipalities, specifically: 1140 Evere, 1030 Schaarbeek, 1130 Haren and 1000 Brussels.
You can get a clear picture of exactly how they work on their webpage.

The action itself consisted of consecutively performing 108 sun salutations. Therefore it was akin to a “yoga marathon”, as crooked as that sounds. The action could be followed via social media platform Facebook and also attended via Zoom.
Picture showing 2 phases of sun salutation

Why the sun salutation?

The sun salutation is pre-eminently a dynamic yoga exercise that puts a lot of energy in motion, energy that you can then spiritually direct towards a particular goal, in this case: the solidarity action with Ever’y Cat. The material precipitation of that energy is ultimately the money we collected, which is donated to the ASBL.
People also asked why exactly I did 108 sun salutations and not any other number.

What is the symbolic meaning of 108 ?

For a more detailed understanding and a concise summary of the symbolism and mystery of 108, I got clear information from professional astrologer and yoga therapist Susan Hopkinson. And this is what it boils down to:
The number 108 consists of three digits, each of which already has a special meaning in number science or numerology and in many esoteric philosophies of East and West:

  • the 1 represents the all or “completeness”
  • the 0 represents nothingness or the absence of energy, matter or existence: the “void”
  • and the 8 in turn represents infinity

If you add 1 + 0 + 8 together, you arrive at the number 9.
Now, if you divide 108 by two, and then add the digits of the fraction again, you get 9 again.
Some examples:

    • 108/2 = 54 and 5 + 4 = 9
    • 108/4 = 27 and 2 + 7 = 9
    • or: 108/8 = 13.5 and 1 + 3 + 5 = 9
    • etcetera

Writers devoted entire volumes to the number 108.
9 Is considered a mysterious number in numerology, and it is said to “contain all teachings”.

Wherein lies the peculiarity of the number 9 ?

An example:
If you add to 9 another digit, you obtain a new number.
Now, if you add all the digits of that new number again, you get back the original digit. As if the 9 is capable of performing a great disappearing act.
Some examples here too:

  • 9 + 5 = 14 and 1 + 4 = 5
  • 9 + 8 = 17 and 1 + 7 = 8
  • or : 9 + 1 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1

How much did the action bring in?

Believe it or not, the action for Ever’y Cat raised 216.00 euros. That = 2 x 108. So each sun salutation raised 2.00 euros!

The money has been transferred in full to Ever’y Cat.
Many thanks to everyone who made a donation.

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