Follow us on Facebook or Instagram:
Or… sign up to keep in touch!
Get interesting news and updates from Dharma Shala and the North Bondi community delivered to your inbox.
Or visit our sister school in Coogee here:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
Is it a coincidence that the Shala is located at number 108 Brighton Boulevard Bondi Beach?…
The number’s significance is open to interpretation, but 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “guru bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun). A mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.