There have been countless studies and statistics on brain research that show a remarkable relationship between our gray matter and meditation. In 2011, Sarah Lazar with her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation was able to alter the structure of the brain.
In many Eastern religions and traditions, meditation is very important aspect of prayer. Yogis and teachers of meditation often follow similar techniques, mantras and guidelines (if you will) to facilitate deliberate meditation. It’s almost as if these sacred ceremonies were a science that built and organized knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions.
A significant number with respect to meditation is 108. Geometrically, it is the natural division of a circle (108 = 36+72 = 9x12). Japa Malas or prayer necklaces are required to be hand-woven with 108 beads. Each bead is a symbolic representation of a person’s spiritual desires, delusions, sins and chakras (energy lines) that complete at 108.
Zen priests, Buddhist monks, Hindu pundits and modern-day yogis, all practice mindfulness meditation by 108 methodical repetitions of a mantra. Unlike traditional science however, each authority believes in different meanings for the significance of the number 108. Some acknowledge that every person must overcome 108 sins or delusions in order to achieve nirvana while others believe it represents the names of 108 religious deities.
In mathematics and astronomy, the distance between the Earth and the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun, the diameter of the Sun is 108 times that of Earth, the distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon and finally there are 12 constellations with 9 arc segments or planets which constitute an existence of 108 (9x12 = 108).
Regardless of its multi-dimensional ancient meanings, 108 repetitions of a mantra and its impact on enhanced brain connectivity is being recently confirmed with fMRI or EEG reports. Mindfulness meditation with Karma Mantra Japa Malas is now a proven way to help you preserve the aging brain, reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression, increase cognitive abilities in addition to psychological, physical and emotional well-being.
Karma Mantra Japa Malas are hand-picked and woven as a sacred ceremony by Hindu and Buddhist artisans. All the materials, stones and colors relate to a specific practice of reciting, chanting or mentally repeating a spiritual mantra by devout disciples.
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Sources: 7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain, Alice G Walton, Forbes, retrieved December 8th, 2016 : http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways- meditation-can- actually-change- the-brain/#69d6a7670230 The Mystic Meaning of 108, retrieved December 8th, 2016 http://humanityhealing.net/2011/08/mystic-meaning- of-number-108/