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Why chanting 108 times is important:
« on: July 13, 2014, 05:39:09 AM »
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  • Ancient Vedic sages used to chant in multiples of 108. There are various reasons for it and it is said that mantra chanted 107 or 109 timed do not give same results as chanting 108 times.

    Why? Because this number is connected to our cosmic structure and our spiritual existence. There are 108 Upanishads, 108 principal Gopis (Cowherd devotees of Lord Krishna); in Astrology there are 12 Rashis or Zodiacs and 9 Planets or Navagrahas whose possible combination becomes 12 X 9 or 108. Also in Astrology there are 27 Nakshatras which are divided in 4 quarters each which makes it 27 X 4 = 108.

    For chanting fixed number of times it is best to get a Japa Mala, traditionally it is made of wooden beads strung on thread, there are 108 beads for chanting and one extra bead which is called as  main bead or prime bead, which is not used for chanting but serves as a marker.

    You can chant by holding this mala in your right hand and chanting one mantra while holding one bead between fingers.

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