108 (number) Its origin, significance and usage in Yoga and Pranayama

|| Individuality to Infinity ||

|| Individuality to Infinity ||

Lovely Souls,


Human mind, howsoever complex, logical and thoughtful it may become it will continue to think in terms of images, symbols. Our feelings howsoever refined they may be will be in the domain of our senses or at best of the realm of consciousness. Crux of the matter is when one (1) passes through the experience of zero (0) or shunyata it becomes infinite (8)..

People many times ask –

“How does the Goddess look like?”

And the answer is..

‘You can’t see the ultimate truth.. that is beyond your sense perceptions’.

Then the next question comes “If, She is beyond perception how do we experience the Mother divine?”

And my answer to that question is..

“You experience the divinity of Mother through all and none of your senses once at the same time. In fact your experience of Her is of your consciousness.”

Some illumined sadhakas go further and question..

“How do we awaken our ‘consciousness-sense-perception?”

And the answer is “You have to prepare yourself according to the analogy of 108”.

The question finally boils down to..

“What is the significance of 108? Why are we asked to chant any mantra 108 times only?”

Great sages and rishis of India have pondered upon the physiology of ‘pinda’ and found it to be in exact reflection of ‘brahmanda’ so much so that they exclaimed “Yatha Pinde tatha brahmande”. The outer world doesn’t exist in that sense for an individual.. he/she lives in, interacts and experiences his/her own universe within. This is quite a paradox for what seems real is the outer world and not many have experience of inner cosmos.. yet the truth doesn’t change.

For Sadhakas I am opening the Pandora box of interesting experiments (practices) which they can do around this 108 and report back their experiences. I know the outcome of these experiments would be lead to some outstanding revelations. You will see how the flow of time changes for you. You will also know how this 108 takes you to extreme relaxed, transcendental state, you will understand how you can energize your 108 centers and finally if you continue with your experimentation you would understand the true symbology of 108. Today I am writing about one such practice..

108 Practice 1 –

Take a stopwatch or set your phone to stopwatch mode. Hold it in front of you and take a deep breath.. hold the breath in and start the stopwatch. Keep holding the breath and see the number of seconds advancing in your stopwatch. Typically after 50 seconds or you will be amazed to notice the time is ticking fast… the digits in your stopwatch start advancing at a faster rate.. i.e. you are able to enter a curved timeline. And if you could hold your breath till 108 second you would enter in completely unknown realm.. something which you have never experienced so far.

Here also.. there is a catch – If your surya nadi is active during this practice the time runs fast and if your chandra nadi is active the time runs slow. In both the cases holding breath for 108 seconds would be a challenge however if you are doing this while your sushumna nadi is active you stand greater chances of reaching this magical number of 108 and thus an opportunity to experience something completely new.

Some people may like to reject this experience saying it is their breathlessness which is causing this skewed perception of time’s flow but for them I just have to say that experience of reality is always subjective and relative. No greater logic I can put across at this juncture. Also this is nothing new – Yogis have been able to consciously control movement of their consciousness through the time using quite similar technique since time immemorial. In fact their method of ‘time-travel’ was dependent on breath control only. The event of exceeding the threshold of 108 is such a beautiful experience… has so much attraction that if you could do it once you would like to do it again and again. The reason divers have so much obsession for diving in deep waters.. you need to ask them what attracts them so much? Though they make use of this capacity to altogether different effect yet what they experience out of this breath-control is ‘priceless’.

Now let me explain why this happens?

In fact this individual cosmos or ‘pinda’ sustains its movement and activity through the supply of ‘prana’ and when we suddenly cut-off this supply of ‘prana’ this system either accepts this short supply of ‘prana’ and tries to readjust its internal dynamics accordingly to energy-availability or starts craving for much needed prana for sustenance and becomes restless. And thus the sense of time is affected differently in both the cases.

You may want to jump to experiment with your breath yet I must warn you – Do not try to shut your breath through the use of any external aids. Some people have caused themselves serious irreparable damages by using some external aids or asking someone else to forcefully shut their breath… hence this warning! It would be sheer foolishness if you thought such things will work for you.  Try it naturally and you stay safe. In fact your system is designed in such a way that if you wish to stop your breath and your individual cosmos is not able sustain it.. it forces you come out… you automatically open your mouth and start breathing. Also if you are seriously contemplating this experiment and wish to reach threshold of 108 – I would recommend you first learn nadi-shodhana and perfect it. Then get into practice of kewal kubhaka.

Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Sadhakas who have been initiated in Sanjeevani Vidya and permitted by Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath to engage in advance practices may try it though without using unnecessary extra force or push. Actually if you give one sincere try everyday gradually you shall progress and soon taste the bliss. This practice shall improve your capacity of ‘tattva-healing’ too. In case TSV advanced sadhakas wish to know more about this practice they can write to Ma Shakti.

Blessings from Masters..

– Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

About Ach. Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

Master AD, as Acharya Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath is lovingly called by his disciples, friends is a true Tantra Master. You can either love him or hate him but for sure you can NOT ignore him. He and his beloved consort Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath are engaged in spreading scientific spirituality in masses through their Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation camps. Master AD, a poornabhishikta in Srividya (Krama System) has equal command on Yoga, Pranayama, Tantra and Kriya Yoga techniques and guides seekers worldwide through 'The Shakti Multiversity' platform.
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3 Responses to 108 (number) Its origin, significance and usage in Yoga and Pranayama

  1. One question came in immediately.. within minutes of this post and that is “What should be do after 108 seconds? Should we release the breath, breathe normally or what. The answer is upon crossing 108.. start taking very-very small breaths.. just as vibrating your chest too quickly and try staying in this state as long as you can.


  2. Jas says:

    Acharya ji,
    could you please throw some more light on kewal kubhaka. I have been practicing Nadi Shodhan as suggested by you of an on (once every 3 days at least) for 5-6 minutes for the past year and a half. Should I advance to kewal kubhaka and then do 108 practice ?
    Please explain and advise.


    • Beloved Jas,


      The sporadic, occasional practice of Nadi-Shodhan is not sufficient to switch to Kewal Kumbhaka. In fact there is a rule which has been previously explained quite in detail how nadi-shodhan is achieved.

      However you may still experiment with this 108 breath holding technique just to assess and validate yourself about the flow of time factor. Your experience would thrill you to the core.

      I shall definitely write more about Kewal Kumbhaka sometime in future for your benefit.

      – Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

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