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Why are there 108 beads on a mala? On a mala, or set of mantra counting beads, there are generally 108 beads, or some fraction of that number.

The question often arises:
"Why are there 108 beads on a mala?"

Below are some of the many reasons that have been given, as well as a few other points of interest. None of these reasons are being promoted here as more or less true than the others. However, you may notice that 108 appears to be somewhat like a road map of reality in general, and the human in particular.
Regardless of the meaning of 108, it is important that if a mala is used to count mantras, the mantra be remembered with sincerity, devotion, feeling, and full attention.
9 times 12: Both of these numbers have been said to have spiritual significance in many traditions. 9 times 12 is 108. Also, 1 plus 8 equals 9. That 9 times 12 equals 108.
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

Desires: There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals. 
Lies: There are said to be 108 lies that humans tell. 
Delusions: There are said to be 108 human delusions or forms of ignorance.
Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, Sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Selfrealization. 
Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti. 54 times 2 is 108. 
Pranayama: If one is able to be so calm in meditation as to have only 108 breaths in a day, enlightenment will come. Upanishads: Some say there are 108 Upanishads, texts of the wisdom of the ancient sages. 
Sri Yantra: On the Sri Yantra there are marmas where three lines intersect, and there are 54 such intersections. Each intersections has masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti qualities. 54 times 2 equals 108. Thus, there are 108 points that define the Sri Yantra as well as the human body. 
Pentagon: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees. 
Marmas: Marmas or marmastanas are like energy intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy lines converging to form them. There are said to be 108 marmas in the subtle body. 
Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future. 
8 extra beads: In doing a practice of counting the number of repetitions of the mala, 100 are counted as completed. The remaining are said to cover errors or omissions. The 8 are also said to be an offering to God and Guru. 
Chemistry: Interestingly, there are about 115 elements known on the periodic table of the elements. Most of those, around or higher than the number 100 only exist in the laboratory, and some for only thousandths of a second. The number that naturally exist on Earth is around 100. 
Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole. 
Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108. 
Goddess names: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.
Gopis of Krishna: In the Krishna tradition, there were said to be 108 gopis or maid servants of Krishna.
1, 0, and 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity. 
Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. 
Silver and the moon: In astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108.
Numerical scale: The 1 of 108, and the 8 of 108, when added together equals 9, which is the number of the numerical scale, i.e. 1, 2, 3 ... 10, etc., where 0 is not a number.
Meditations: Some say there are 108 styles of meditation. 
Breath: Tantra estimates the average number of breaths per day at 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy, and 10,800 are lunar energy. Multiplying 108 by 100 is 10,800. Multiplying 2 x 10,800 equals 21,600. 
Paths to God: Some suggest that there are 108 paths to God. Smaller divisions: The number 108 is divided, such as in half, third, quarter, or twelfth, so that some malas have 54, 36, 27, or 9 beads.
Hinduism: 108 is said to refer to the number of Hindu deities. Some say that each of the deities has 108 names. Islam: The number 108 is used in Islam to refer to God. 
Jain: In the Jain religion, 108 are the combined virtues of five categories of holy ones, including 12, 8, 36, 25, and 27 virtues respectively. 
Sikh: The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool, rather than beads. 
Buddhism: Some Buddhists carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut for good luck. Some ring a bell 108 times to celebrate a new year. 
Chinese: The Chinese Buddhists and Taoists use a 108 bead mala, which is called su-chu, and has three dividing beads, so the mala is divided into three parts of 36 each. Stages of the soul: Said that Atman, the human soul or center goes through 108 stages on the journey. 
Meru: This is a larger bead, not part of the 108. It is not tied in the sequence of the other beads. It is the quiding bead, the one that marks the beginning and end of the mala. 
Dance: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions. 
Praiseworthy soulsThere are 108 qualities of praiseworthy souls.
Rudrakshas have been worn by Hindu Sadhus (holy men) and Gurus since the last 5000 years. Hindus believe that Rudraksha beads will bless the wearer with health, wealth, intelligence, luck, divinity, power, prosperity, happiness, spirituality and anything else you desire in life. It has the power and ability to bless the wearer/worshipper with almost everything he/she desires. It is truly a 'Miracle Bead' 
The Rudraksha beads have countless & amazing powers to bless the wearer with all material comforts & luxuries of life, fulfill all desires & wishes, and achieve all ambitions & objectives. It also has the cosmic power to lead a person on to the right path of spiritual advancement, elevation of soul, performance of good 'karmas' and improvement of future & destiny. Rudraksha beads create tremendous positive energy in the body, mind and soul. 
1. They possess healing powers and prevent & cure various diseases like small pox, epilepsy, whooping cough etc. They are also used to heal the most poisonous wounds. In India, many 'Ayurvedic' pharmaceutical companies use them in preparation of medicines. 
2. Rudraksha beads help in eradicating worries and bless the wearer with mental relaxation and Peace of mind. 
3. Rudraksha beads bestow Wealth & Happiness on whoever possesses them. They bring Good fortune, Success and Fame. They fulfill all hopes & desires, and bless the wearer with all comforts of life.
4. Rudraksha beads stimulate the mind, increase the intellect, and improve the power of speech & oration. They also help in acquiring the power of Intuition. 5. Rudraksha beads create positive mental energy and generate spiritual power. They help in awakening the 'Kundalini' or vital energies & propel the cosmic forces in one's favor. They are considered the most sacred instruments for offering obeisance and praying to God. 
Medicinal Value of Rudraksha as per MukhiRudraksha is regarded as medicine in Ayurveda. It is used not only to wear on different parts of the body, but it can also be used as Oral medicine. Many doctors, Vaidyas, scientists use it. 
It is the destroyer of worms and it gives brilliancy to the body. It pacifies Vaat (air), Pitta (bile) and cough automatically. It is also useful for women in pregnancy. Rudraksha Paste is a good medicine for skin diseases. In leprosy of both the kinds it can be used. It effects as a medicine to cure sores, ringworm, pimples, boils and it is useful in burns also. Among all the Rudraksha each type of Rudraksha possesses Medical Properties which is explained as:
One Mukhi Rudraksha works as a medical medicine for medicinal diseases like heart problems, mental anxiety, TB, paralysis, stroke, eye problem, bone pain, head ache etc.

Two Mukhi Rudraksha works unbelievably for the treatment of diseases like chronic asthma, impotency, renal failure, stress, anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, negative thinking, eye problems, mental chaos, hysteria, intestinal disorder etc.

It is best medicine for the diseases like depression, Schizophrenia, weakness multifarious, directive of the menstrual cycle/menstrual stress, fixation or guilt induced complexes, blood pressure, mood swings, fever or weakness, jaundice, and mental disability etc.

Four Mukhi Rudraksha gives medical treatments for diseases as blood circulation, cough, and brain linked illness, asthma, hesitate, memory lapse, respiratory strip problems etc.

Five Mukhi Rudraksha is a benefit medical treatment for the blood pressure, heart problems, stress, mental disability, anger management, diabetics, piles, neurotic and maladjustment problems etc.

It treat the diseases like epilepsy, gynecological problems etc. 

Extremely the Seven Mukhi Rudraksha is more valuable for treating diseases like asthma, pharyngitis, impotency, foot related diseases, respiratory confusion, pains and aches etc. 

EIGHT MUKHI RUDRAKSHA : This Rudraksha treat diseases like stomach ache, stress, skin diseases, anxiety etc. 

It works as a mysterious medical medicine for treating strange diseases.

It works as a medical sanction for medicinal diseases like hormonal inequality in the body, mental insecurity, whooping cough etc.

This Rudraksha is used for the treatment of diseases like body pain, backache, chronic alcoholism and liver diseases. 

Medically it is most valuable for treating diseases like bone diseases, rickets, osteoporosis, mental disability, anxiety etc. 

THIRTEEN MUKHI RUDRAKSHA : Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha is used for treating the diseases of muscle like dystrophies; etc. 

Significantly Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha is more beneficial in curing brain related and many other types of diseases. 

It is best for curing diseases like skin diseases, recurring miscarriage, still birth etc. Fifteen mukhi Rudraksha is measured as a blessing for women who are incapable to imagine and in such case both the partner should wear it for fruitfulness. 

It is used for curing the diseases like leprosy, tuberculosis, cor-pulmonale, lung diseases etc. 

It is best for the treating diseases like memory lapse, body functional disorders etc. 

Its treatment is best for prevent and curing diseases like mental in harmonization, loss of power etc. 

 Nineteen Mukhi Rudraksha eradicate the diseases like blood disorder, spinal disorder etc. 

It is used as medical cure for eyesight problem and snake bites. 

Only Twenty - One Mukhi Rudraksha has deep-rooted medical healing and it eliminates every form of diseases.
Trijuti Rudraksha is best for keeping diseases like internal and external body disorders at bark. 

It is used for the treatment of diseases like sexual problems, behavioral disorders etc. Rudraksha and Rudraksha Powder (full fruit to be crushed) is the most useful for the patients of blood pressure. It does not let it go up or down. It keeps the B.P. normal. For this Rudraksha mala should be worn so close that it should touch the heart. It is sure that it's wearer can never fall prey to a sudden heart attack, shrinking of heart or brain haemorrhage. The patient of blood pressure should keep the five faced Rudraksha in water filled in a glass vessel throughout the night and should drink it as soon as he gets up in the morning. By doing so the person would have normal Blood pressure. The children, who are mostly sick with fever, should wear three faced Rudraksha.
In Chechak (typhus) Rudraksha and black pepper having equal weight should be be ground and sieved through a cloth-sieve. This powder should be drunk with stale water to cure chechak.
Cough is cured fully if the powder of ten faced Rudraksha is rubbed and licked with milk thrice a day.
Hysteria, Coma, Leucorrhoea and female diseases related to genital organs can be cured by wearing 3 (three) beads of six faced Rudraksha.
All the diseases relating to the mind and brain are cured by drinking milk that is boiled with four faced Rudraksha. it increases the memory also.
Some Common Myths About Rudraksha Beads.
Myth 1: - Rudraksha should not be worn by ladies.
Myth 2: - One should not consume alcohol & non-veg or have sex at the time of wearing Rudraksha.
Myth 3: - Original Rudraksha sinks in water whereas the duplicate one floats. Myth 4: - Nothing happens to original Rudraksha on boiling whereas a duplicate Rudraksha breaks.
Myth 5: - Three round 1 mukhi Rudrakshas are produced every year in Nepal. Myth 6: - Original Rudraksha has a shivalingam, trishul & Om formation on it. Myth 7: - Nepalese Rudrakshas are original & effective rests all the Rudraksha from different countries are duplicate & ineffective.
Myth 8: - If one does not follow restrictions & rules while wearing Rudraksha it would cause adverse & harmful effects.
Myth 9: - Collector Rudraksha are sold at premium prices which basically are not collector. ….Beware
Myth 10: Clients believe more the expensive more it is original.
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