Why 108 Beads Mala Necklace?

I love the fact that it is possible to hear something new every time you talk with a yogi(ni) about the number 108 as there are diverse interpretations behind why there is 108 beads. I have collected here the ones most impressed me:

1. Mantra meditation is recited by many in Sanskrit, the ancient script of India. There are 54 letters in Sanskrit alphabet and each letter has a feminine and masculine version, totalling 108.

2. 108 is considered as a number of the wholeness of existence and this number connects Sun, Moon and Earth.

3. There are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul.

4. It is associated with the possibility of enlightenment by taking 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.