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Apr 22, 2019 18:48:40

108 - the Streak, the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, and hells and heavens...

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Today by the little flame on my profile stood proudly number 108

When for us Westerners number "100" is one of the most significant (maybe in the context of rarely, yet achievable length of human life?), "108" brings to me a very special associations.

Every morning during sesshin (period of intensive zen practice) we are doing 108 prostrations.

In Buddhism 108 represents 108 human delusions (the full list here). And each bow takes away one, "cleans one compartment in your mind". And I decided to honour it in my post.

But, once I started browsing the data, it turned out 108 is universally unique

Did you know that:

- The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

- The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. 

- The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

Mind-blowing, right?!

And, there is more:

- The pre-historic monument Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter.

Ok, but here a little doubt has risen. Maybe that is where the foot measurement was actually established and it goes just the other way round... But... NO. There is evidence that this unit was in widespread use across neolithic southern Britain. 

So it is actually the same 108, as the one interconnecting the Sun, the Moon, the Earthdelusions, prostrationsbeads of mala...

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    @lucjah always known the significance of 108 in Buddhism but wow never knew the cosmic ones too! So mysterious! 🤔

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 23, 2019 17:44:19
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      @jasonleow yes, cool right! I have suspicions that buddhism, hinduism, druids knew the cosmic connections and just started using the auspicious number... kinda "reprinting" it into important aspects of their lives and religions... actually, how else could it happen...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 23, 2019 12:13:59
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      @lucjah possible! there's so much about ancient wisdom that we don't know or understand enough of

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 23, 2019 20:15:44
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    @lucjah wow, hard to believe! (the astronomical ones) I feel compelled to check... Why am I so skeptical by default? 😳😝

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 22, 2019 19:29:05
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      @philh omg... Philippe... really? <Irollmyeyessohardtheypracticallyfalloutofsockets>
      (and THAT is the comment...? <Irollmyeyessohardtheypracticallyfalloutofsockets> )

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 22, 2019 19:33:31
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      @lucjah :D

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 22, 2019 20:03:37
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