Analog clock displaying 01:08

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It’s a number that I see but it’s an important symbol to me.

The history of this number goes back scores of eras,

It’s a numeral of spirituality revered by so many.

This number is 108 and shows itself unbidden.

My attention is drawn and I see it clearly unhidden.

As I’m cooking my dinner and pause to check the timer–

One minute and eight seconds will be my reminder.

I’m working on the computer and casually confirm the time;

1:08PM will appear upon the clock.

A quick glance I will give upon watching TV, and

the watch on my wrist will read eight minutes past ten

As I’m writing this poem and I take a peek at words counted–

there’s that number again–108 materializes.

It’s the amount of beads that are contained in my malas

and there are one hundred and eight pressure points in our bodies.

I feel like I’m somehow favorably connected

as this universal number strikes a chord within me.


Potluck Week 18–Language, Signs and Symbols

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  1. how thoughtful you are.

    beautifully penned entry. thanks for the support.


    • Thanks so much, Jingle. I’m glad you enjoyed my entry.

      It’s my pleasure to support you. I don’t forget for a minute how much you do. xoxo


  2. gracefulglider

     /  January 16, 2011

    Wow there are 108 pressure points?
    Love how you twist it! from minutes to hours to time.


  3. I learned something today…excellent write and now I have an appreciation for the number 108. Excellent poem and thank you.


  4. must be your lucky number i guess bodhi? nice.. thank you for sharing! here’s my potluck.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/my-whole-world/


  5. tamasin66

     /  January 17, 2011

    thank you Gayle; we are living at 107a (I could the ‘a’ as being worth 1!)


  6. tamasin66

     /  January 17, 2011

    sorry, I count the ‘a’! (not could!)


    • I knew what you were saying, Tamasin. Hey, I think you’re right–you should count the ‘a’ as another number and make it 108. I vote ‘yes’!

      You’re welcome. 🙂


  7. Jessica

     /  January 17, 2011

    Fascinating! I learnt something reading this as well as enjoying the poetry! That number will stick in my mind all day now…



  8. splendid poem gayle. this is why i love your poems so much, there is some thing magical in them.

    i too think that 108 is your lucky number.


  9. Amen. so be it. You are Universally and universally connected. What a fine poem. And 1+ 8 = 9, which I believe indicates balance numerologically … and completion. Last required lifetime????

    Always, always love your thoughts and poems. Thanks for sharing, Gayle!


    • Oh, wouldn’t that be something–could this really be my last time required? Highly doubtful. 🙂

      What lovely things for you to say, Jamie–that’s very kind of you. I’m happy that you enjoy my thoughts and poems. I’m just “doodling” around over here.

      You’re always welcome!


  10. You taught me much with 108,
    I’ll see how I can relate.
    Thanks for sharing your number.


  11. time only lasts when you are paying attention to it…if you do not see this then you are free you have entered the present…enjoy Bodhirose(+)
    soulbro* 😉 xoxoxo—{–@


  12. I am in the present when I see it–I take note and it is gone. It doesn’t linger in my mind and I don’t think about it before hand. It’s just an interesting thing that has come into my consciousness–it tickles me! 🙂



  13. Wow, a magical poem, Bodhirose. Enjoyed it a lot. 🙂


  14. I knew about the beads, but not about the pressure points. Cool serendipity.


  15. Dear Gayle,
    I know how this count of 108 works……. My mom would often tell me the precedence thinking that I may get dissuaded.. Instead, it worked in favor of my determination.. 🙂
    Very well composed.. How well have you researched to put this piece with all the details!!

    Loads of Love


    • Dearest Olivia,

      So glad that this has worked in your favor. I have been aware of this auspicious number since way back in my ashram days.

      Also happy that you enjoyed my poem telling how it keeps showing up in my life. 🙂

      Lots of love… xoxo



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