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108 Flowers - Book 4
In mathematics, 108 is considered an "abundant" yet only "semi-perfect" number. Since I am not good in math, I do not know what these terms actually imply. They sound great to me. There are 108 heroes in the famed Chinese classic, "The Outlaws of the Marsh." Hindu deities have 108 names. Zen monks wear a string of 108 prayer beads to represent 108 mental states. Many Buddhist temples have 108 steps and their bells chime 108 times to welcome the New Year. It is said, each step and chime represent an earthly temptation one must overcome (I thought there was only one, and I could not overcome).
In our case, it is one lesson at a time. We have managed to climb all the steps and hear all the chimes. The temptation is still with us, stronger than ever. This is why the prayer beads connect into a circle. We are back to one again. We have experienced semi-perfection (so cool). A new beginning awaits.