49. Ashtanga Pranam – while prostrating in front of Guru or God, touching the ground with eight parts of our body. They are knees, belly, chest, hands, elbows, chin, nose, and temple. Not recommended for women.
50. Ashta Lakshmi – eight Lakshmi, are the secondary manifestations of Shri-Maha-Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, who preside over eight sources of wealth. They are
- Adi Lakshm : an ancient form of Lakshmi and incarnation of Lakshmi as daughter of the sage Bhrigu.
- Dhana Lakshmi: for money and gold
- Dhanya Lakshmi “Lakshmi as goddess of grain”: Giver of agricultural wealth.
- Gaja Lakshm : Giver of animal wealth, like cattle and elephants
- Santana Lakshmi : Bestower of offspring
- Veera Lakshmi or Dhairya Lakshmi : Bestower of valour in battles and courage and strength for overcoming difficulties in life.
- Vijaya Lakshmi or Jaya Lakshmi: Giver of victory, not only in battles but also in conquering hurdles in order to beget success.
- Vidya Lakshmi: the bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences
51. Ashtanga hridayam – is an Ancient Ayurvedic text book written by Vaghbhata. There are eight branches of Ayurveda, hence the name Ashtanga Hridayam. They are
- Kaya Chikitsa – General medicine
- Bala Chikitsa – Paediatrics
- Graha Chikitsa – Psychiatry
- Urdhvanga Chikitsa – Diseases and treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat, Eyes and Head (neck and above region)
- Shalya Chikitsa – Surgery
- Damshrta Chikitsa – Toxicology
- Jara Chikitsa – Geriatrics
- Vrushya Chikitsa – Aphrodisiac therapy
52. Octagon – A polygon with eight sides is an octagon.
53. The atomic number of oxygen is eight.
54. All spiders, and more generally all arachnids, have eight legs.
55. The octopus and its cephalopod relatives in genus Argonauta have eight arms (tentacles).
56. Man – In human adult dentition there are eight teeth in each quadrant. The eighth tooth is the so-called wisdom tooth. There are eight cervical nerves on each side in man and most mammals.
57. The Noble Eightfold Path – is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering (dukkha) and the achievement of self-awakening. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of phenomena (or reality) and to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion. They are 1. Right view 2. Right intention 3. Right speech 4. Right action 5. Right livelihood 6. Right effort 7. Right mindfulness 8. Right concentration
58. The Dharmacakra, a Buddhist symbol, has eight spokes.
59. In Mahayana Buddhism, the branches of the Eightfold Path are embodied by the Eight Great Bodhisattvas: (Manjusri, Vajrapani, Avalokiteśvara, Maitreya, Ksitigarbha, Nivaranavishkambhi, Akasagarbha, and Samantabhadra).
60. In the 2008 Games of the XXIX Olympiad, the official opening was on 08/08/08 at 8:08:08 p.m. local time in Beijing, China.
61. In computer language A byte is eight bits.
62. Eight is symbolic for lesbian sexual relations.
63. Eight babies delivered in one birth are called octuplets. The first set of eight surviving babies, the Chukwu octuplets, were born in 1998.
64. “88” is the abbreviated terminology used by the Aryan Brotherhood for the Nazi salute, “Heil Hitler” – “H” being the eighth letter of the alphabet, twice.
65. There are eight types of marriages described in ancient Hindu texts. They are Rite of Brahmana (Brahma) – where the father of the bride invites a man learned in the Vedas and a good conduct, and gives his daughter in marriage to him after decking her with jewels and costly garments, Rite of the Gods (Daiva) – where the daughter is groomed with ornaments and given to a priest who duly officiates at a sacrifice during the course of its performance of this rite, Rite of the Rishis (Arsha) – when the father gives away his daughter after receiving a cow and a bull from the brightgroom, Rite of the Prajapati – (Prajapatya) where the father gives away his daughter after blessing the couple with the text “May both of you perform together your duties”, Rite of the Asura (Demons) – when the bridegroom receives a maiden after bestowing wealth to the kinsmen and to the bride according to his own will, Rite of the Gandharva – the voluntary union of a maiden and her lover, which arises from desire and sexual intercourse for its purpose, Rite of the Rakshasa – forcible abduction of a maiden from her home after her kinsmen have been slain or wounded and their houses broken open, Rite of the Pisaka – when a man by stealth seduces a girl who is sleeping or intoxicated or is mentally imbalanced or handicapped.
66. There are eight types of intelligence. They are Linguistic Intelligence :the gift of words, Linguistically intelligent people best understand the world through the spoken and written word, Visual/Spatial Intelligence :the gift of pictures, visually intelligent people best understand the world through visualization and spatial orientation, Musical :The gift of music, musically intelligent people best understand the world through rhythm and melody, Bodily Kinaesthetic Intelligence :the gift of body, physically intelligent people best understand the world through physicality, Logical/Mathematical :the gift of logic and number, mathematically and Logically intelligent people best understand the world through cause and effect, Interpersonal Intelligence :the gift of people, socially intelligent people best understand the world through the eyes of others, Intrapersonal :the gift of self, Intra-personally intelligent people best understand the world from their unique point of view, Naturalist Intelligence :the gift of nature, environmentally intelligent people best understand the world through their own environment.
67. There are eight types of waste as described by lean manufacturing. Waste can be viewed as the single hurdle that can limit a business over time, unless they are identified and systematically eliminated. They are Overproduction: Making more than is required by the next process, Waiting: Any idle time created when waiting, Transportation: Any movement of materials or people around a plant that does not add value to the product or service, Non-Value-Added processing: Any effort that adds no value to the product or service, Inventory: Any supply in excess of a one-piece flow through the manufacturing process, Under Utilizing People: The waste of not using people to the best of their unique abilities, Defects: Inspection and repair of materials in inventory, Motion: Any movement of people or machines that does not add value to the product or service.
68. The prayer of saint Francis of Assisi on the peace contains eight requests to the Lord: Lord, make me an instrument of peace.
1. Where is the hatred, let me put love.
2. Where is the offense, let me put forgiveness.
3. Where is the discord, let me put union.
4. Where is the error, let me put truth.
5. Where is the doubt, let me put faith.
6. Where is the despair, let me put hope.
7. Where are darkness, let me put light.
8. Where is the sadness, let me put the joy.
69. Fun Fact.
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
70. The amount of clouds in the sky is measured in oktas (from 0 to 8).
71. Most umbrellas have eight sides.
72. It takes eight minutes for the sun’s light to reach the earth
73. Millennium Goals – There are eight Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. These goals were agreed on by 192 United Nations member states.
Goal 1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Goal 2 – Achieve universal primary education.
Goal 3 – Promote gender equality and empower women.
Goal 4 – Reduce child mortality.
Goal 5 – Improve maternal health.
Goal 6 – Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Goal 7 – Ensure environmental sustainability.
Goal 8 – Develop a global partnership for development.
74. Austria – Austria borders to eight different counties: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungry, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
75. Krishna is considered to be the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Krishna was the eighth son of princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva. Krishna had eight primary wives.
76. Chinese life is ruled by eight: at eight months a child has milk teeth; at eight years he loses them; at twice eight he reaches maturity and at 64 (8 x 8) he loses the power of procreation.
77. Eight Principles of Acupuncture – Acupuncture theory holds that a human being is a microcosm. Within a human being are contained the same elements as those of the world: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. If these elements are working in harmony then the body is balanced and can repel disease. If there is lack of harmony, illness is the result. This is the first law of acupuncture and is known as The Law of the Five Elements.
1. Hot 2.Cold. 3.Wet 4. Dry 5. Excess. 6. Deficient. 7. Yin. 8. Yang
78. The Eight Elements of Music – Music has eight elements that composers and performers manipulate to create pieces that stir hearts and minds. The elements – rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, tone color, texture, form and text – form the “language of music” and influence our interpretations of what we hear.
79. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says: “Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Spirit, Intelligence and Ego are my 8 separated energies.”
80. The eight favorable qualities of birth that are most conducive to success are: Having a long lifespan, a handsome healthy body, in a reputable family, with wealth and friends, with credibility of speech, with influence, as a male, and with a powerful body and mind.
81. Ashta Vianayaka – As per puranas it is said that Lord Ganesh got manifested in several forms out of which, eight are considered to be most important referred to as His incarnations. These incarnations that have occurred in different cosmic ages are; Vakratunda; Ekadantha; Mahodara; Gajavaktra (Gajaanana); Lambodara; Vikata; Vighnaraja and Dhoomravarna.
82. Ashta Vasus – They are a class of Vedic deities; eight in number called Ashta Vasus; the elemental gods who are associated with Indra, the Lord of Heaven. They represent the basic aspects of nature; cosmic natural phenomenon viz; the earth, fire, water, wind, sky, sun; moon and stars. Names of Ashta Vasus are as follows; Dhara; Dhruva; Soma; Ahas; Anila; Anala; Pratyuusha; and Prabhasa;
83. Hindu Astrology – Ashtama Bhaava; 8th house in an astrological chart signifies a very important aspect viz; the longevity and death; apart from several other things like obstacles, accidents, disgrace, degradation, sudden aberrations, windfall, unearned wealth, chronic diseases etc. It is one of the Dusthanas (bad house) in a birth chart.
84. Ashtamukhi Rudraaksha – In the concept of Rudraaksha, Ashtamukhi (eight faced) is known to represent Lord Ganapathi (Vinayaka) and its ruling planet is Rahu. It is believed to remove all obstacles and aberrations and bring success in all the endeavors.
85. Ashtadiggaja – Sri Krishna Devaraaya the great emperor of Vijayanagara dynasty had in his court eight great poets who were known as Ashtadiggajas. They were: Allasani Peddana; Nandi Thimmana; Maadayaagari Mallana; Dhoorjati; Pingali Soorana; Ramaraja Bhooshana; Ayyalaraju Raamabhadrudu; and Tenali Ramakrishna.