Project 108 Surya Namaskar for World Peace
In the wake of the attacks of September 11th, Project 108 was created as a peaceful demonstration to protest what seemed like an inevitable war in Iraq. The idea was to unite yoga practitioners with a sincere wish in their hearts that we would not go to war. That year nearly 75 people joined together in doing 108 sun salutations in Himmel Park, Tucson.
In the Veda’s of Mother India there is a ritual done to Lord Shiva, where to purify our negative actions, words and thoughts one offers 108 Surya Namaskar done on an equinox or eclipse. If that day happens to be a Saturday it is more powerful as Saturday is ruled by Saturn and Shiva. If the offering is done to help others this is super as the planet Saturn can have very malefic effects if it is not placed well when one is born. Taking care of others is beneficial for the giver and the receiver. Project 108 aims to draw yoga practitioners and yoga studios together in a cooperative event. Part of the philosophy of a yogic lifestyle includes seva (service), and to do so in a way that brings students and studios together from across the country and world is a powerful method of uniting people in peace.
There have been 13 Project 108 Surya Namaskar events and on September 22, 2018 the 14th event will take place on the fall equinox in three cites in Arizona, Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. Since the second Project 108 in 2004, Project 108 has been a Yogathon to raise money for relief and assistance to those in need both globally and locally. Each participant asks others to sponsor their each Salute with a dime, a dollar or a good thought. This year we are supporting families being reunited and cared for through the non-profit organization, TogetherRising.org.
The number 108 has powerful significance in Hinduism, Jainism and Tibetan Buddhism. There are rosaries called Malas which have 108 beads on them which one can say their prayers, a way to keep sacred count. 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.
There are 108 sacred sites in the world. 108 Upanishads, 108 Marma points on the body that can be used to heal and many other serendipitous reasons for the use of doing something with devotion 108 times.
I sincerely request your assistance this special day September 22, 2018 to help relieve suffering and bring more ease and joy in our world.
I’ve decided to stick with love, hate’s too heavy of a burden to bear. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If we just look away from violence without so much as sending a blessing out, the path of unkindness remains unobstructed. However, by raising awareness, sending light and love, and also by actively and vocally being a part of change, the patterns of violence can be shifted. ~Author Unknown