Are you familiar with Tantra?
If you live in a Western culture, you probably know that Tantra is "that sex stuff." It's about "spiritualized sex," the Kama Sutra, weird sex positions, and sex that lasts for hours. Didn't Sting say so? (Okay, now he admits it was a joke.)
Even in India, the birthplace of Tantra, most people think of Tantra as either "that sex stuff" or "black magick" or both.
Here in the West, the Tantra most people are familiar with is really more accurately called "Neo-Tantra." It has a focus on extended periods of ecstatic sex and, supposedly, leads followers to a more spiritual state. Practitioners will talk about moving energy, breathwork, and visualization—all
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To the ancient Tantric mystics, on average, a simple breath—inhale and exhale—takes about 4 seconds.
That would mean you take about 15 breaths per minute.
That would mean you take about 900 breaths per hour.
That would mean in half a day, 12 hours, you take about 10,800 breaths.
So to the ancient Tantrics, the number 108 can be used to represent the number of breaths you take in half a day. If you say a prayer 108 times, it's symbolic of praying for half a day. A set of Tantric prayer beads, known as a mala, used to count prayers (and adopted by Hindus) contains 108 beads (plus one more as a marker). To say prayers while