The base ten numerical system used today originates in India as does the concept of zero. In numerology integers can be simplified by breaking them down and adding the individual parts. For example: 108 is 1 + 0 + 8 = 9. If the result is greater than 9, it is reduced until you have a single digit. 9 is said to be the number symbolic of the Earth goddess and humanity. Interestingly enough in 9 days there are 216 hours, which is 108 x 2, and breaks down to 9 too, of course, as 2 + 1 + 6.

One of the extreme initiations/tests of devoted meditation occurs on Mount Hiei in Japan. There the ‘running monks’ as they are called, run while fasting for 216 hours. 216 also happens to equate to 6x6x6. Mathematically speaking 108 is regarded as a harshad. A harshad is Sanskrit for an integer that is divisible by the sum of its digits, 108 equates to 9 for instance. Harshad also means great joy. 9 is unique in that 9 multiplied by any number can be broken down back to 9 in the traditional simplification of numerology. For instance: 9 x 12 = 108… 9 x 53 = 477…then 4 + 7 + 7 = 18, and 1 + 8 = 9.

This uniqueness of 9 is not 9 itself, but...