On the Number 68

68 in Mathematics
1) The 34th even number = 68
2) The 16th Perrin number = 68
3) The 12th Happy number = 68
4) The 48th composite number = 68
5) Sum of 20th & 24th composite numbers = 32 + 36 = 68
6) Sum of the 11th & 12th prime numbers = 31 + 37 = 68
7) Sum of the 4th & 18th prime numbers = 7 + 61 = 68
8) Sum of the 2nd & 8th square numbers = 4 + 64 = 68
9) Sum of the 9th & 11th Lucky numbers = 31 + 37 = 68
10) Sum of the 7th & 10th Fibonacci number = 13 + 55 = 68
11) Sum of the 7th, 8th, 9th 10th even numbers = 14 + 16 + 18 + 20 = 68
12) Sum of the 5th to 12th natural numbers = 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 = 68
13) Product of the 1st & 17th even numbers = 2 x 34 = 68
14) Product of the 2nd even number & 7th prime number = 4 x 17 = 68
15) Last two digits of the 5th amicable number = 6368
16) Square root of 68 = 8.24621
17) Cube root of 68 = 4.081655
18) ln 68 = 4.2195 (natural log to the base e)
19) log 68 = 1.8325 (logarithm to the base 10)
20) Sin 68o = 0.927183854
Cos 68o = 0.374506593
Tan 68o = 2.475086853
21) 1/68 expressed as a decimal = 0.014705882
22) The 247th & 248th digits of e = 68
e = 2.7182818284 5904523536 0287471352 6624977572 4709369995
          9574966967 6277240766 3035354759 4571382178 5251664274
          2746639193 2003059921 8174135966 2904357290 0334295260
          5956307381 3232862794 3490763233 8298807531 5251019011
          5738341879 3070215408 9149934884 1675092447 6146066808
23) The 605th & 606th digits of pi, π = 68
The 653th & 654th digits of pi, π = 68
3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679
   8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196
   4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273
   7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094
   3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912
   9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132
   0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235
24) The 24th & 25th digits of phi, φ = 68
The 114th & 115th digits of phi, φ = 68
Phi or φ = 1.61803 39887 49894 84820 45868 34365 63811 77203 09179 80576
                      28621 35448 62270 52604 62818 90244 97072 07204 18939 11374
                      84754 08807 53868 91752 12663 38622 23536 93179 31800 60766
                      72635 44333 89086 59593 95829 05638 32266 13199 28290 26788
1.61803398874989484820 is a irrational number,
also called the Golden Ratio (or Golden number).
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) first called it the sectio aurea,
(Latin for the golden section) and related it to human anatomy.
Ratios may be found in the Pyramids of Giza & the Greek Parthenon.
25) Binary number for 68 = 1000100
(Decimal & Binary Equivalence; Program for conversion)
26) ASCII value for 68 = D
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
27) Hexadecimal number for 68 = 44
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
28) Octal number for 68 = 104
(Octal #, Hexadecimal #, & ASCII Code Chart)
29) The 68th day of the year (non-leap year) = March 9
[Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) was born on March 9, 1839]
30) The Roman numeral for 68 is LXVIII.
31) Liu Shí Ba is the Chinese ideograph for 68.
32) (60, 8) is the Babylonian number for 68
Georges Ifrah, From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers,
Penguin Books, New York (1987), pp. 326-327
33) The Hebrew letters Samech (60) & Chet (8)
add to 68 meaning "to be wise"
(Hebrew Alphabet, Hebrew Gematria)
34) 68 in different languages:
Dutch: zestig-acht, French: soixante-huit, German: sechzig-acht, Hungarian: hatvan-nyolc,
Italian: sessanta-otto, Spanish: sesenta-ocho, Swedish: sextio-åtto, Turkish: altmis-sekiz

68 in Science & Technology
35) Atomic Number of Erbium (Er) = 68 (68 protons & 68 electrons)
It is a silvery-white solid metal when artificially isolated, natural erbium is always found
in chemical combination with other elements. It is a lanthanide, a rare earth element,
originally found in the gadolinite mine in Ytterby, Sweden, from which it got its name.
36) Chemical Compounds with Molecular Weight = 68
Sodium Formate, CHNaO2 = 68.0072
Sodium Carobylate, CHNaO2 = 68.0072
Difluorosilane, F2H2Si = 68.0982
Lithium Chloride Fluoride, ClFLi2 = 68.333
Cyanogen Isocyanate, C2N2O = 68.0342
Boron Trifluoride, 11BF3 = 68.0045
Cyanogen Azide, CN4 = 68.0375
37) 3,5-Dichlorophenol, Cl2C6H3OH has a melting point of 68o Celsius
38) 1-Amino-2-Methylpropane, C4H11N, has a boiling point of 68o Celsius
1-Propanethiol, C3H8S has a boiling point of 68o Celsius
39) 68th amino acid in the 141-residue alpha-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Asparagine (N)
68th amino acid in the 146-residue beta-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Leucine (L)
Single-Letter Amino Acid Code
Alpha-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
Beta-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
40) The 68th amino acid in the 153-residue sequence of sperm whale myoglobin
is Valine (V). It is next to Threonine-67 & Leucine-69.
It is designated E11, 11th-residue of the 20-residues E-helix.
— Richard E. Dickerson & Irving Geis,
The Structure and Action of Proteins (1969), p. 52
[A.B. Edmundson, Nature 205, 883-887 (1965)]
41) The 68th amino acid in the 124-residue enzyme Bovine Ribonuclease
is Glycine (G) It is next to Asparagine-67 and Glutamine-69
[C. H. W. Hirs, S. Moore, and W. H. Stein, J. Biol. Chem. 238, 228 (1963)]
42) Peptide has 68 amino acids and located on carboxyl-terminal sequence of protein B23
Amino acid sequence of a specific antigenic peptide of protein B23
[P.K. Chan, et.al., J. Biol. Chem. 261, 14335 (1986)]
43) Messier M68 (M68, NGC 4590) is a globular cluster in the equatorial constellation Hydra.
It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. William Herschel described it as "a beautiful
cluster of stars, extremely rich, and so compressed that most of the stars are blended together"
M68 is at a distance of about 33,000 light-years away from Earth and is orbiting through the
Milky Way with a large eccentricity of 0.5. This orbit carries it as far as 100,000 light years
from the galactic center. Image at left from the Wide Field Camera of Hubble's (2012).
44) NGC 68 is a lenticular galaxy,[5] and the central member of the NGC 68 group, in the constellation
Andromeda. The galaxy was discovered on September 11, 1784, by William Herschel. (Image)
45) Asteroid 68 Leto is a large main belt asteroid. Its spectral type is S. It was discovered by Robert Luther
on April 29, 1861. The asteroid is named after Leto, the mother of Apollo and Artemis in
Greek mythology. Mass of 3.28x1018 kg, dimension 123 km, a period of 4.64 years.
46) USS 0-7 (SS-68) was one of 16 O-class submarines built for
the U.S. Navy during World War I. The submarines had a
length of 172 feet 3 inches overall, a beam of 18 feet 1 inch
and a mean draft of 14 feet 5 inches. They displaced 521 long
tons on the surface and 629 long tons submerged. The O-class
submarines had a crew of 29 officers & enlisted men. They had
a diving depth of 200 feet. After a decade in mothballs, O-7 was
recalled to active duty & recommissioned at Philadelphia 2-12-1941.
She trained sub crews at New London until end of World War II.
Photo Source: wikimedia.org
47) German submarine U-68 (1940) was a Type IXC U-boat of Nazi Germany's
Kriegsmarine during World War II. The submarine was laid down on 4-20-1940
at the DeSchiMAG AG Weser yard at Bremen as yard number 987, launched on
Oct. 22 and commissioned on 1-1-1941 under the command of Korvettenkapitän
Karl-Friedrich Merten as part of 2nd U-boat Flotilla. U-68 conducted ten combat
patrols, sinking 32 merchant ships, for a total of 197,453 gross register tons (GRT);
she also sank one auxiliary warship of 545 GRT. She was a member of one wolfpack.
On April 10, 1944, during her tenth patrol, she was sunk northwest of Madeira by
US aircraft from the escort carrier Guadalcanal. Photo Source: alchetron.com
48) Panzer 68 Tank was a Swiss main battle tank developed by the Eidgenoessische
Konstruktionswerkstaette in Thun in the late 1960s. It was based on the Panzer 61,
which initial development dates back to 1951. Development started immediately
after the successful introduction of Panzer 61. Improvements consisted of wider
tracks, stabilized gun, and the introduction of a second machine gun instead of
the coaxial 20mm gun of early Panzer 61 models. In 1968, the Swiss parliament
decided to buy 170 vehicles. Deliveries of the Panzer 68 started in 1971. Statistics:
Mass 40.8 tonnes, Length 31 ft. 2 in., Width 10 ft. 4 in., Height 8 ft. 4 in., Crew 4,
Operational range 120 miles, Speed 34 mph. Photo Source: wikipedia.org
49) Miles M.68 was a 1947 attempt to produce a containerised freighter aircraft
by the modification of the Miles Aerovan. The container or air-trailer was
part of the fuselage but could be dismounted and towed on the road.
Miles M.68, sometimes but unofficially known as the Boxcar, generated
considerable excitement at its launch in 1947 because of its novel approach
to air freight. Only one M.68 was built. It flew for the first time on 8-22-1947
and appeared at the SBAC show at Radlett in September that year. britain's
Miles Aircraft Ltd. retired the aircraft in 1948. Photo Source: pinterest.com.au
50) Class 68 Vossloh DRS Locomotive: The Class 68 is a type of mainline mixed
traffic diesel-electric locomotive manufactured by Vossloh for Direct Rail
Services in the United Kingdom. The design is derived from the Vossloh
Eurolight, and Vossloh's product name is UKLight. The first locomotive
spent several months being tested at Velim Test Centre, Czech Republic
prior to being shipped to the UK. The second locomotive in the class,
numbered 68002, was the first to arrive in the UK in January 2014.
Maximum speed is 100 mph (160 km/hr). Photo: Vossloh/Direct Rail
Servoces Class 68 No. 68002 'Intrepid' at Edinburgh Waverley Station 2015.
Photo Source: railuk.info
51) Rio Grande M-68 Northern: Baldwin Locomotive Works built five of these trains
in 1938. The firebox heating surface included 139 sq ft of combustion chamber and
122 sq ft of thermic syphons (located in both the firebox & the combustion chamber).
14" piston valves supplied steam to the cylinders. Their design later formed the basis
of the Missouri Pacific N-73s procured in 1943. They ran from Denver to Salt Lake City—
745 miles through the Royal Gorge and Tennessee Passes hitting 80 mph in some spots,
until retirement in 1952-1954. Photo: M-68 near Denver Union Station in August 1940.
Photo Source: ctr.trains.com
52) Marc 68 Locomotive belongs to the MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) Train Service,
known prior to 1984 as Maryland Rail Commuter, is a commuter rail system comprising three
lines in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. MARC is administered by the Maryland
Transit Administration (MTA), a Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) agency,
and is operated under contract by Bombardier Transportation Services USA Corporatio
(BTS) and Amtrak over tracks owned by CSX Transportation (CSXT) and Amtrak. With
some equipment capable of reaching speeds of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h), MARC
is purported to be the fastest commuter railroad in the United States.
Photo Source: rrpicturearchives.net
53) Houston Fire Engine 68 from Firehouse 68 officially opens in 1973. The first engine assigned
to the station was a 1968 Ward LaFrance. It was equipped with a 1000 gpm pump and a 5-speed
standard transmission. The engine was a Cummings diesel. In 2000, according to Firehouse
Magazine's National Run Survey, Station 68 was busiest fire station in the city of Houston and
was listed as the 20th busiest station in the U.S. In 2002, Medic 68 is converted to Ambulance 68.
Firefighter EMT's assigned to the Engine & Ladder add the Ambulance to their riding rotation.
Station 68 is now home to over 60 men & women. There are 14 assigned positions for each of the
4 shifts, plus rotating Paramedic students & Probationary Firefighters. Photo: www.firehouse68.com
54) #68 Sportman Class Car driven by Charlie Hanna. His home track is New Paris Speedway
but he also races at Plymouth Speedway, Winchester Speedway & Anderson Speedway.
He lives in Goshen, IN. Charlie started racing in 1992 in the Street Stock Class at New Paris
Speedway. His first win was in '94 in the Street Stock Class at New Paris Speedway. Career
highlights include '09 CRA Sportsman Champion, '97 and '00 Plymouth Speedway Late
Model Champion, wins at both Winchester Speedway and Anderson Speedway.
Photo Source: luvracin.com

68 in Mythology & History
55) 68 B.C.
• Roman troops in Armenia mutiny, Lucullus is forced to retreat to the
    south, and the King of Pontus begins a campaign to regain his realm.
    Many of the Roman legions have been in campaign for 20 years.
• Crete falls to the Roman legions.
— James Trager (Ed.) The People's Chronology
    Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1979, p. 31
Ostia, the harbour city of Ancient Rome, is sacked by pirates.
    The port is set on fire and the consular war fleet is destroyed.
Abgar II becomes ruler of Osroene.
68 B.C. (Wikipedia.com)
56) 68 A.D.
• Rome's Emperor Nero is sentenced to death by the Senate under pressure from
praetorium guard which has recognized the legate Servius Sulpicius Galba,
    65, as emperor. Nero commits suicide June 9 at age 30. His death ends the
    Julio-Claudian line of Caesars that has ruled Rome for 128 years, and he is
    succeeded by Galba, who will rule ;ess than 6 months before being challenged.
History of the Jewish People is compiled by the Jewish general Joseph ben Matthias,
    who has taken the Roman name Flavius Josephus.
— James Trager (Ed.) The People's Chronology
    Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1979, pp. 37-38
Buddhism officially arrives in China with building of White Horse Temple.
Gospel of Mark is written; and latest date for Second Epistle of Peter.
• The Essenes place the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Qumran Caves.
Ignatius of Antioch becomes the third bishop of Antioch.
Saint Peter, founder of Christianity, crucified in Rome.
68 A.D. (Wikipedia.com)
57) 1968 was a leap year and the 68th year of the 20th century. This was the year of Protests of 1968.
2-17-1968: Jean-Claude Killy wins 3 gold medals in downhill skiing at Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France;
4-4-1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray;
6-5-1968: U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot & killed at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles;
10-18=1968: US athlete Bob Beamon breaks the long jump world record by 55 cm / 21.67 ins at Olympics in Mexico City;
11-5-1968: Richard Nixon wins 1968 U.S. Presidential Election defeating Hubert Humphrey (301 to 191 electoral votes);
12-9-1968: Douglas Engelbart demonstrates his pioneering hypertext system together with the computer mouse;
12-24-1968: Apollo 8 Astronauts orbit the Moon, read Genesis and take photo of "Earthrise"
58) 68th Armor Regiment was first activated in 1933 in the Regular Army as the 68th Infantry Regiment
(Light Tanks). Constituted 9 July 1918 in the Regular Army as the 68th Infantry. Assigned to the 9th
Infantry Division Organized July 1918 at Camp Sheridan, Alabama. from personnel of 46th Infantry.
relieved from the 9th Division and demobilized 15 February 1919 at Camp Sheridan. Constituted
1 October 1933 in the Regular Army as the 68th Infantry Regiment (Light Tanks), by redesignation
of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Tank Companies as Organic Companies of the 68th Infantry
Regiment. Nickname is "Silver Lons". Motto on Insignia is Ventre a Terre (Bellies to the Ground).
Photo Source: 68th Armor Regiment Insignia (commons.wikimedia.org)
59) 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, raised
in 1758. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 106th Bombay Light Infantry to form the
Durham Light Infantry in 1881, the 68th Regiment becoming the 1st Battalion, and the 106th Regiment
becoming the 2nd Battalion in the regular Army. It saw action during the Seven Years' War before being
converted to Light Infantry in 1808, fighting with distinction in Peninsular Army under Arthur Wellesley.
It would go on to fight with some distinction during the Crimean War, was present during the Indian
Mutiny and the New Zealand wars before returning to India between 1872 and 1888.
Photo Source: Glengarry cap badge (wikipedia.org)
60) 68th Brigade (United Kingdom) was a formation of the British Army. It was raised as part
of the new army also known as Kitchener's Army & assigned to the 23rd Division and served
on the Western Front during WWI. The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's
Armed Forces in the U.K. It came into being with the unification of Kingdom of England and
Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. New British Army incorporated Regiments
that had already existed in England & Scotland and was administered by the War Office from
London. It has been managed by the Ministry of Defence since 1964.
Photo Source: 68th Brigade WWI Patch (commons.wikimedia.org)
61) At Age 68:
Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) was an Italian painter & architect from Florence during
the Late Middle Ages.
masterwork is the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel, in Padua, completed around 1305. At age 68, Giotto
designed the new Campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral. Standing adjacent to the Basilica of
Santa Maria del Fiore and Baptistry of St. John, the tower is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic
architecture with design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations & its polychrome marble encrustations.
The slender structure is square in plan with 14.45 metre (47.41 ft) sides. It is 84.7 metres (277.9 ft) tall and
has polygonal buttresses at each corner. The tower is divided into five stages. Giorgio Vasari described
Giotto as making a decisive break with the prevalent Byzantine style and as initiating "the great art of
painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had
been neglected for more than two hundred years." Presented a paper at 20th Anniversary of CEMERS
(October 1986) at SUNY Binghamton, on the symbolism of Giotto's Adoration of the Magi (1306) with
the Star of Bethelehem as Halley's Comet of 1301. [Photo Source: Italy 393 (colnect.com) issued 10-25-1937]
Girolamo Fracastoro (1478-1553) was an Italian physician, poet, and scholar in mathematics,
geography and astronomy. Fracastoro subscribed to the philosophy of atomism, and rejected
appeals to hidden causes in scientific investigation. De Contagione et Contagiosis Morbis (1546)
was publshed at 68, first book on contagion or germ theory of disease, as opposed to either the
religious theories of disease or theory of miasma. Name for syphilis is derived from Fracastoro's
1530 epic poem in three books, Syphilis sive morbus gallicus ("Syphilis or The French Disease"),
about a shepherd boy named Syphilus who insulted the Greek god Apollo, and was punished by
that god with a horrible disease. His poem suggests using mercury and "guaiaco" as a cure.
Verona sculpture of Fracastoro; (Photo Source: Titian portrait of Fracastoro, commons.wikimedia.org)
William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) was an American military officer and politician who served
as the ninth president of the U.S. at age 68 in 1841. He died of typhoid, pneumonia or paratyphoid
fever 31 days into his term (the shortest tenure), becoming the first president to die in office. In 1840,
with John Tyler as his running mate, and the Whig campaign slogan was "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too",
they defeated Van Buren in a landslide, making Harrison the first Whig to win the U.S. presidency.
At 68 years, 23 days of age at the time of his inauguration, Harrison was the oldest person to have
assumed the U.S. presidency, a distinction he held until 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated
at age 69 years, 349 days. He was the paternal grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. President.
Curse of Tippecanoe (aka Tecumseh's Curse, Presidential Curse, 20-Year Curse) had 7 U.S. Presidents
dying in office when elected in 1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920,. 1940, 1960. (Photo Source: sutori.com)
Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads
and shipping. After working with his father's business, Vanderbilt worked his way into leadership
positions in the inland water trade and invested in the rapidly growing railroad industry. Nicknamed
"The Commodore", he is known for owning the New York Central Railroad. His biographer T. J. Stiles
says, "He vastly improved and expanded the nation's transportation infrastructure, contributing to a
transformation of the very geography of the United States. He embraced new technologies and new
forms of business organization, & used them to compete... He helped to create the corporate economy
that would define the United States into the 21st century. At age 68, he became the major shareholder
of the New York & Harlem Railroad (1862), amassing a fortune of $15 million; at his death at age 82,
he is worth $100 million. Notable descendant: Gloria Vanderbilt (1924-2019). (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor
and futurist. He published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth",
"Dymaxion" house/car, ephemeralization, synergetic, and "tensegrity". Carbon molecules known as
fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural & mathematical resemblance to geodesic
spheres. In 1963, at age 68, he publishes Ideas & Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
and No More Secondhand God and Other Writings. In 1927, at age 32, Fuller had a mystical experience,
seeing himself suspended several feet above the ground enclosed in a white sphere of light. A voice
spoke to him to "find what a single individual could contribute to changing the world and benefiting
all humanity". Met Bucky at Sphinx Bookstore (3-30-1981), where he signed a book for me "The brain is
temporal, but the Mind is eternal." [Photo Source: U.S. 3870 Bucky Fuller (bardostamps.com) issued 7-12-2004]
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a German-American architect. He was commonly referred
to as Mies, his surname. Along with Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius & Frank Lloyd Wright,
he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. Mies was the last director of Bauhaus,
a seminal school in modern architecture. Mies strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework
of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of unobstructed free-flowing open space.
He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He is often associated with his fondness for the
aphorisms, "less is more" and "God is in the details". In 1954, at age 68, he was commisioned to design
the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue, between 52nd Street & 53rd Street NYC, completed in 1958.
The building stands 515 feet (157 m) tall with 38 stories, and it is one of the most notable examples of
the functionalist aesthetic and a prominent instance of corporate modern architecture. It was designed
as the headquarters for the Canadian distillers Joseph E. Seagram & Sons. (Photo Source: wikipedia.org)
Lillian Gordy Carter (1898-1983) the mother of former President of the United States Jimmy Carter.
She was also known for her contributions to nursing in her home state of Georgia as well as writing
two books during the Carter presidency. In 1966, at age 68, Lillian joins the Peace Corps, and spends
the next two years working as a nurse at a clinic near Bombay (now Mumbai), India. Lillian worked
in the Godrej Colony for 21 months, during which she aided patients afflicted by leprosy. At 70-72,
she is a lecturer, traveling around USA, in support of the Peace Corps. At 78, "Miss Lillian" works
for election of her son Jimmy Carter to the presidency. While in Bombay (1966-1967), she attended
lectures by Swami Chinmayananda on the Bhagavad Gita. In 1978, Chinmayananda stayed for a
weekend at Sheila Kirpalani's apartment in NYC, before flying to Zurich. Sheila gave the Swami,
a letter handwritten by Lillian Carter, inviting him to the White House. Swamaji was too busy,
and said Lillian could bring the whole family to University of South Carolina next year where
he'll be lecturing. He never mentioned the White House invitation to some 20 disciples who
came to see him. Such is the humbleness of a sage I eyewitnessed. (Photo Source: findagrave.com)

Victor Hugo (1802-1885), novelist, returns to France (1870) at age 68 after political exile for 19 years.
C. Aubrey Smith (1863-1948), British cricketer, appears in his 1st talking picture (1931) at age 68.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) marries his secretary, Valerie Fletcher, almost 40 years her senior (1-10-1957) at age 68.
Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) directs Samson and Delilah (1949) starring Hedy Lamarr at age 68.
Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) publishes Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972) at age 68.
John Sirica (1904-1992), U.S. District Judge exposed Nixon's Watergate Scandal (1973) at age 68.
Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) dances with Rockettes in Radio City Music Hall (1980) at age 68.
Charles Addams (1912-1988), cartoonist of Addams Family, marries Marilyn Mathews Miller (1980) at age 68.
Guy Touzeau walked 1500 miles in 15 months with a donkey (1978) at age 68 in honor of Robert Louis Stevenson.
    [Source: Jeremy Baker, Tolstoy's Bicycle (1982), pp. 443-447]

68 in Geography
62) Cities located at 68o longitude:
La Paz, Bolivia: 68o 09' W longitude & 16o 30' S latitude
Ushuala, Argentina: 68o 18' W longitude & 54o 48' S latitude
Iqaluit, Canada: 68o 31' W longitude & 63o 45' N latitude
Mendoza, Argentina: 68o 49' W longitude & 32o 53 S latitude
Calama, Chile: 68o 56' W longitude & 22o 28' S latitude
Willemstad, Netherlands: 68o 56' W longitude & 12o 07' N latitude
63) Cities located at 68o latitude:
Narvik, Norway: 68o 25' N latitude & 17o 34' E longitude
Harstad, Norway: 68o 47' N latitude & 16o 32' E longitude
Murmansk, Russia: 68o 58' N latitude & 33o 05' E longitude
64) 680 is used as the country code for telephones in Palau in Oceania.
65) European Route E68 is a road part of the International E-road network and links
Hungary with Romania. It starts in Szeged, Hungary and ends in Brasov, Romania
having a total length of 529 km (329 miles) of which 52 km (32 miles) in Hungary
and 477 km (296 miles) in Romania. The road follows: Szeged - Makó - Nadlac -
Pecica - Arad - Lipova - Deva - Simeria - Oràstie - Sebes - Sibiu - Selimbar -
Fagaras - Brasov (Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
66) U.S. Route 68 is a United States highway that runs for 560 miles (900 km) from northwest
Ohio to Western Kentucky. The highway's western terminus is at US 62 in Reidland, KY.
Its present northern terminus is at Interstate 75 in Findlay, Ohio, though the route once
extended as far north as Toledo. US 68 intersects with US 62 three times during its route.
It is signed east-west in Kentucky and north-south in Ohio. U.S. Route 68 is designated
as a "Scenic Highway" throughout Kentucky. Route passes several Civil War battle sites.
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is along the highway. US68 has existed since 1926.
(Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
67) California State Route 68 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, located entirely
in Monterey County. It runs from Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove to U.S. Route 101
in Salinas. The approximately 20-mile (32 km) long highway serves as a major route
between the Monterey Peninsula & Salinas. SR 68 begins as Asilomar Avenue in the city
of Pacific Grove at an intersection with Lighthouse Avenue, near Point Pinos Lighthouse.
Highway 68 is heavily traveled. The road has a design capacity of 16,000 vehicles per day.
As of 2006, it carries about 26,000 vehicles per day. (Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
68) Connecticut Route 68 is an east-west state highway connecting the towns
of Durham and Naugatuck. The road connecting Naugatuck & Cheshire was
designated in 1922 as State Highway 325. In 1932 state highway renumbering,
former Highway 325 was renumbered to Route 68. It passes the county of
New Haven & Middlesex, and is 22.09 miles long.
(Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
69) M-68 Michigan Highway is an east-west state trunkline highway located in
northern part of Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Western terminus of highway
begins four miles east of the Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan and ends a
few blocks from Lake Huron in Rogers City. M-68 skirts just south of Indian
River and Burt Lake. The Highway existed since 1936, and is 53.39 miles long.
(Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
70) King's Highway 68 was a major collector highway in the Districts of Sudbury & Manitoulin
which connected Highway 17 near Espanola to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.
The highway existed from the 1930s up until 1980, when it was redesignated as a new
extension of Highway 6. The route of Highway 6 is now discontinuous between the
Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. The isolated northern section of Highway 6
which used to be Highway 68 is only linked to the southern section of Highway 6 by
a seasonal ferry service. Length of King's Higway 68 in 1980: 116.5 km / 72.4 miles.
(Photo Source: thekingshighway.ca)
71) India's National Highway 68 is a National Highway in India starting Jaisalmer
in the state of Rajasthan connecting Barmer, Sanchor, Radhanpur, terminating
point or junction on NH 48 near Kuvadara, in the state of Gujarat. The Highway
is 420 miles long (670 km). A National Highway Map shows it is north of Mumbai,
and west of Jaipur. An OpenStreetMap shows it passes the Kachchh Desert and
Desert National Park. (Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
72) 68th Street-Hunter College is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the
NYC Subway, located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 68th Street on the
Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is served by the "6" train at all times, the "6" during
weekdays in peak direction, and the 4 during late night hours. 6,537,270 passengers
in 2018, ranking 61 busiest of 424 stations. On February 15, 1917, Public Service
Commission agreed to change name of under-construction station from 68th Street
to 68th Street-Hunter College at the request of officials of Hunter College.
(Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org)
73) Hunter College Skywalk at East 68th Street, NYC. In a major expansion completed in 1986,
Ulrich Franzen & Associates designed two new buildings for Hunter College across Lexington
Avenue from one another and connected by two skywalks. They elicited little controversy at the
time although they were the first to cross a major avenue. While they afforded significantly
improved circulation for students, they obstructed major vistas up and down the avenue.
The building on the southwest corner has a large plaza with a subway entrance and another
skywalk that connects to college's midblock building across 58th St. (Photo Source: thecityreview.com)
68th Street Manhattan
Most New Yorkers, especially subway commuters, associate East 68th Street with
Hunter College. It is true that numerous buildings are owned by the college, and that
much of the rest of the street is residential. However Manhattan Sideways found some
hidden gems on 68th StreetChurch of St. Catherine of Siena (411 East 68th Street);
Padoca Bakery (359 East 68th Street); Michael Strauss Silversmiths (164 East 68th Street);
David Segal Violins Ltd (74 West 68th Street); Joanne Trattoria (70 West 68th Street).
(Source: East 68th Street sideways.nyc)
68th Street Manhattan Residential Buildings
The Dorchester, 155 W. 68th St (Built in 1964, classic 60s white brick residence);
Milan House, 116 E. 68th St (Finished in 1931 between Lexington & Park Ave);
John D. Crimmins House, 40 E. 68th St. (Henry Pettit sold it to John D. Crimmins in 1878);
Corcoran, 49 E. 68th St (Built in 1913, 5-floor Townhouse sold for $19 million);
The Marquand, 11 East 68th St. (Built in 1913, restpred om 2013 with 43 apts & 11 floors)
Isaac H. Rothschild House, 226 E. 68th St (Isaac H. Rothschild's residence. His daughter
Blanche married here on 4-19-1898; Bride's grandfather, 81-year old George Newburgher,
was killed 3-12-1899, ran over by fire engine while retrieving his blown-away silk top hat).
(Source: 226 East 68th St. daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com)
76) 68 Rue du Général Eboué in Paris is the site
of Tabac du Centre at 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux.
This Tobacco Center also serves Breakfast, Lunch,
Dinner, Monday-Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
A patron writes: "I went in looking for a SIM card for
my phone, ended up staying for a mixte jambon sandwich
and beer. There is a bar & several small tables and a menu
with items like beef bourguignon & sandwiches and salads.
This felt more like a cafe than a tabac. They had the SIM
card and even helped me figure out how to make it work.
(Photo Source: yelp.com)
77) 68th Floor Cloud Club of the Chrysler Building
was a lunch club that occupied the 66th, 67th, and 68th floors of the
Chrysler Building in New York City. At one time it was the highest
lunch club in the world. Opened in 1930 and closed in 1979. Main
dining room, on the 67th floor, was located on the club's south side
& had a capacity of 30 people. North wall had a mural of Manhattan.
The room was decorated with etched glass sconces & granite columns.
The room had a view of New York City. The vaulted ceiling, in a
Cathedral style, had a cloud mural. McGrath described it as having
"a futuristic, Fritz Lang sort of look". A Renaissance-style staircase in marble and bronze connected
the dining room with the 66th floor. Edwin McDowell wrote a New York Times article (4-11-2000)
"Reviving High Life, 67 Floors Up; Chrysler Building Redoes the Cloud Club's Old Space".
(Photo Source: decopix.com)
78) Habitat 68 is a model community and housing complex in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada, designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.
Originally conceived as his master's thesis in architecture at McGill
University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World's Fair
(April-October 1967). It is located at 2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy on
the Marc-Drouin Quay next to the Saint Lawrence River. Habitat 67
is widely considered an architectural landmark and one of the most
recognizable & spectacular buildings in both Montreal and Canada.
In 2017, Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp for the 50th
anniversary of Expo 67 featuring the structure. Jennie Xie's article (5-12-2015) "Is the World Ready
for a Habitat 67 Resurgence?" tells about Moshe Safdie's Sky Habitat in Singapore that resembles
his Montreal building. (Photo Source: flickr.com)
Stanford Bronze Plaque 68 is on the ground 68 yards to the right
of Stanford University's Memorial Church. It is in front of the archway
between Buildings 60 & 70. The plaque is dedicated to Class of 1968.
First graduating class at Stanford was 1892. In 1980, Stanford Provost
Don Kennedy strolled around the Inner Quad and calculated that it
would take 512 years for the bronze class plaques embedded in the
walkways to circle the entire area ending with the Class of 2403.
(Photo by Peter Y. Chou, 9-24-2018)

68 in Art, Books, Music, & Films
Woodblock Print #68
Hiroshige's 100 Views of Edo

"Open Garden at Fukugawa,
Hachiman Shrine" (1857)
Brooklyn Museum

inspiring this stanza:

  Crossing bridges from isle to isle,
  seeing blooming of pink cherries
  and red azaleas at the same time.

Brooklyn Museum Notes: This brightly colored print shows one of the most famous
temple gardens of Edo, that of Eitaiji Temple in the Fukagawa district. One special
feature of Eitaiji Temple garden was that it was open only one short period each year,
beginning on the 21st day of the Third Month, the occasion of a memorial ceremony
for Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. While the public was not
able to view the blooming of both pink cherries and red azaleas at the same time,
the scene Hiroshige depicts here would have been possible every few years thanks
to the variability of the lunar calendar.
81) Krishna Print #68 shows "Sri Sri Radharani and Krishna as Deities"
from Krishna Darshan Art Gallery featuring 188 paintings of Lord Krishna.
82) Bach Cantata 68 "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt" (God so loved the world), is a cantata by
Johann Sebastian Bach, a church cantata for the second day of Pentecost. Bach composed
the cantata in Leipzig and first performed it on 21 May 1725. It is one of nine cantatas on
texts by Christiana Mariana von Ziegler, which Bach composed at the end of his second
annual cycle of cantatas in Leipzig. In a unique structure among Bach's church cantatas,
it begins with a chorale and ends with a complex choral movement on a quotation from
the Gospel of John. Bach derived the two arias from his Hunting Cantata. YouTube
Photo Source: Bach Cantata 68 (amazon.com)
83) Symphony 68 in B flat major, Hoboken I/68, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn.
The symphony was composed by 1779. It is scored two oboes, two bassoons,
two horns and strings. This is one of the first of Haydn's symphonies to contain
two independent bassoon parts. In the trio of the minuet, Haydn plays games
with the accents, moving the appearance of a downbeat to different places in
the bar— a game he would play to a much greater effect in the trio of his
Oxford Symphony. The finale is a contredanse rondo with three episodes
and a coda. YouTube. Photo Source: (amazon.com)
84) Symphony #6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, is a symphony composed
by Ludwig van Beethoven and completed in 1808. One of Beethoven's few works containing
explicitly programmatic content, the symphony was first performed in the Theater an der Wien
on 22 December 1808 in a four-hour concert. Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great
deal of his time on walks in the country. He frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations.
The composer said that the Sixth Symphony is "more the expression of feeling than painting".
Symphony has 5 movements— 1) Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside;
2) Scene by the brook; 3) Merry gathering of country folk; 4) Thunderstorm; 5) Shepherd's song.
Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm. YouTube. Photo Source: Symphony #6 (amazon.com)
85) Symphony #1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent
at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself
declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876.
The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer's friend Felix Otto Dessoff, occurred
on 4 November 1876, in Karlsruhe, then in the Grand Duchy of Baden. A typical performance
lasts between 45 and 50 minutes. There is a strong resemblance between the main theme of the
finale of Brahms's First Symphony and the main theme of the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
YouTube: Leonard Bernstein. Photo Source: Brahm's Symphony #1 (amazon.com)
86) Elvis: '68 Comeback Special is the definitive chronicle of the now legendary NBC-TV show,
Elvis. After years of making formulaic movies, Elvis was finally unleashed to perform live again
on an intimate stage with original sidemen, Scotty Moore & D.J. Fontana. Playing "That's All Right",
"Heartbreak Hotel", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and his great hits, the sheer rawness and excitement of
the performances attracted unanimous critical acclaim. Greil Marcus in his book Mystery Train said,
"If ever there was music that could bleed, this was it." Closing song "If I Can Dream" encapsulates
every emotion that Elvis and entire production crew felt during making of the special. NBC-TV's
Elvis is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968. For millions of fans, including a young
Bruce Springsteen, the Elvis '68 Comeback Special was a life-changing event. "I remember I waited
for weeks for the '68 Special," Springsteen recollected recently. "I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our
TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting. I mean, it's one of those things that's imprinted on my
memory forever." YouTube: "One Night" Photo Source: (amazon.com)
87) '68 Band is an American noise punk duo that formed in 2013. The two-piece band features guitarist
and vocalist Josh Scogin, formerly of hardcore punk band The Chariot, & drummer Nikko Yamada.
The Chariot vocalist Josh Scogin began teasing an announcement with a countdown timer on the
website "theyare68.com". Once the timer ran out in December 2013, Scogin revealed that he formed
a new band named '68 posted a two-song EP titled Midnight for sale online. The title of the EP and
its two songs, "Three is a Crowd" and "Third Time is a Charm," are significant to Scogin. The use of
the number three in the song titles represents the third act of his life (following his stint in Norma Jean and The Chariot).
He continued that they also, "represented that thought process of continuing on in my head: 'Three's a charm,' oh, this is
gonna be great or 'three's a crowd,' YouTube. Image Source: Detroit '67 (>wikipedia.org)
88) 68 in Touch with Sleep: Album by Ocean Waves For Sleep; Released Dec. 21, 2018, Genre: New Age;
68 recordings— Buddhist Beat, Grumblling Fan, Streaming Serenity, Streaming Gust, Light Drizzle,
Tranquil Adventure, Dawn Chorus of Binaural Beats, Tea in the Chinese Gardens, Hollow Wood Rattle,
Mystical Binaural, Ocean Cave, A Time for Rest, Oscillating Relaxation, Hall of Contemplation, Water
on the Leaves, White Noise Flood, Mechanical Wind, A Rainy Day, Chiming Rain Drops, Soothing
Adventure, Caught in the Downpour, Calm Waters, Icy Droplets of Calm, Aquatic Embrace, Rain
with Quiet Bird Chorus, Running River of Reflection, Almost Silent but Violent, Zen Time, Soothing
Symbols of Sanctity, Rain Upon the Seas, Soaring High with Hope, Peaceful Spirit, Spacial Thoughts,
White Noise Upon the Sea, Downpour in the Garden, Soft Waves across the Rocks, Rain on Concrete,
High Winds with Strong Droplets, The Tranquil Forest, Fan Whirl, Rain in the Tree Tops, Wading through Tranquility,
Waves of Calm, The Old Rocking Chair, Slow Binaural Chime, Leaky Metal Barrel, Frozen Composure, Heavily Fanned,
Waves across the Placid Ocean, Nature Soothing Call, Heavy Fan Breeze, Heavy Downpour, Rickety Fan, White Noise Waves,
Constant Breeze, Echoes of Awareness, Cave of Serenity, Soothing Sea, Calming Ocean Friends, Growing Swell, Dripping
Placidity, Rain on a Hot Tin Roof, High Atop the Mountain, Monsoon on the Gutters, Mongolian Throat Singing, Faint
Chirping through the Storm, Offshore Windfarm, Calming Tides YouTube. Photo Source: (amazon.com)

68 in Sports & Games
89) Baseball's 68th World Series (1971) matched American League champion Baltimore Orioles against National League champion
Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh won in seven games. Game 4, played in Pittsburgh (10-13-1971), was first-ever World Series game
played at night. The teams proved to be evenly matched, as the Series went full seven games; the home team prevailed in each
of the first six. In Game 7 in Baltimore, the Pirates' Steve Blass pitched a four-hit complete game for a 2-1 win over Mike Cuellar
and the Orioles. In his final World Series appearance, Roberto Clemente became the first Spanish-speaking ballplayer to earn
World Series MVP honors. He hit safely in all seven games of the Series, duplicating a feat he had performed in 1960. These two
teams met again in the fall classic 8 years later, with the same result, as the Pirates won the final three games to win in seven.
90) Teammates Hitting Home Runs Most Times in the Same Game—
Ranked 3rd with 68: Willie Mays & Willie McCovey;
(#1 Hank Aaron & Eddie Matthews 75; #2 Lou Gehrig & Babe Ruth 73)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 45
91) Most Career Games with Multiple Home Runs—
Ranked 3rd with 68: Sammy Sosa
(#1 Babe Ruth 70; #2 Barry Bonds 69)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 47
92) Most Intentional Walks in a Season since 19553—
Ranked 2nd with 68: Barry Bonds (San Francisco, 2002)
(#1 Barry Bonds with 120 in 2004)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 135
93) Best Career Winning Percentage by a Pitcher—
Ranked 7th with .680 by Lefty Grove
(#1 Spud Chandler .717, #2 Whitey Ford .690, #3 Dave Foutz .690)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 202
94) Most Career Wins in Relief—
Ranked 30th with 68— Bruce Sutter & Mike Timlin
(#1 Hoyt Wilhelm 124, #2 Lindy McDaniel 119, #3 Goose Gossage 115)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 215
95) Most Career Loss in Relief—
Ranked 21st with 68— Roberto Hernandez
(#1 Gene Garber 108; #2 Hoyt Wilhelm 103; #3 Rollie Fingers 101)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Books, 3rd Ed. (2007), p. 216
96) Best Passing Efficiency in NFL Super Bowl
Joe Montana, SF 49ers, ranked 4th with 127.8 rating and 68% completion
in 4 Super Bowl games with 11 touchdowns
(#1 Phil Simms, NY Giants, 150.9 rating & 88% completion;
#2 Steve Young, SF 49ers, 134.1 rating & 66.7% completion)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 55
97) Highest Scoring in NCAA Tournament for Single Game
Calvin Murphy ranks 3rd with 68 points as Niagara beats Syracuse (12-7-1968)
(#1 Kevin Bradshaw 72 with U.S. International; #2 Pete Maravich 69 with LSU)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 88
98) 68 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain in Philadelphia vs. Chicago (12-16-1967)
and Pete Maravich in New Orleans vs. New York (2-25-1997) in NBA.
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 110
99) Isao Aoki scored 68-68-68-70 for 274 in 1980 U.S. Golf Open losing to Jack Nicholas
who scored 63-71-70-68 for 272 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 141
100) Rickey Henderson sets single season stolen bases with 130. His 68th stolen base came on
June 22, 1982 against Dan Quisenberry of Kansas City Royals when he stoled 3rd base in 8th inning.
101) Football Players with Uniform #68

Gale Gillingham #68
Green Bay Packers
(1966-1974, 1976)

L.C. Greenwood #68
Pittsburgh Steelers

Russ Grimm #68
Washington Redskins

Kevin Mawae #68
New York Jets (1998-2005)
Seahawks (1994-97); Titans (2006-09)

Will Shields #68
Kansas City Chiefs
Gale Gillingham (1944-2011) was a professional football player, a guard for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL)
with the Green Bay Packers (1966-1974, 1976). Gillingham was the last member of the Lombardi-era Packers to be active with
the franchise. By time he retired, Bart Starr, whom he blocked for when Starr was leading the Packers to victories in the first two
Super Bowls, was the team's coach. Gillingham was a 5-time Pro Bowler & a two-time AP NFL First Team All Pro (1969 & '70).
L.C. Greenwood (1946-2013) was an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.
In Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings, Greenwood batted down two passes from Fran Tarkenton. In Super Bowl X
against the Dallas Cowboys, he sacked Roger Staubach four times. Greenwood played in all four of the Steelers Super Bowl
victories in the 1970s (IX, X, XIII, XIV). He was 6x Pro Bowl (1973-1976, 1978, 1979) and 2xFirst Team All-Pro (1974, 1975).
Russ Grimm (b. May 2, 1959) is a former American football guard for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
He has also served as an assistant coach for the Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, & Tennessee Titans. In college,
he was an All-American center at the University of Pittsburgh. As a professional, Grimm had multiple selections to both the
All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He was a first-team selection to
the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. A star guard, nicknamed "The Hog", he was 3x Super Bowl Champs (XVII, XXII, XXVI).
Kevin Mawae (b. January 23, 1971) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League for
sixteen seasons, primarily with the New York Jets and is currently a member of the Arizona State University coaching staff.
He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was a four-year starter. Picked by the Seahawks
in 1994 NFL Draft, and also played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. Inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame (2019).
Will Shields (b. September 15, 1971) is a former college & professional American football player who was an offensive guard
in the NFL for 14 seasons. He played college football for University of Nebraska, earning consensus All-American honors and
winning the Outland Trophy. He played his entire professional career for the Kansas City Chiefs, and never missed a game
in 14 seasons. Shields was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), p. 176;
Photo Sources: Gale Gillingham (amazon.com); L.C. Greenwood (slicethelife.com);
Russ Grimes (thisdayinbaldhistory.wordpress.com); Kevin Mawae (newyorkjets.com); Will Shields (wayfair.com)
102) Hockey Player with Uniform #68

Jaromír Jágr #68
Pittsburgh Penguins
Jaromír Jágr (born 15 February 1972) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing
for HC Kladno in the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League. He has previously played in the NHL for
the Pittsburgh Penguins (1990-2001), Washington Capitals (2001-2004), New York Rangers (2004-2008),
Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins (2011-2013), New Jersey Devils (2013-2015), Florida
Panthers (2015-2017) and Calgary Flames (2017-2018), serving as captain of the Penguins and Rangers.
After leaving the Rangers in 2008, he played three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
with Avangard Omsk (2008-2011). He returned to the NHL in 2011 with the Flyers and remained in
the league for seven more years before being assigned by the Flames in 2018 to HC Kladno, which
he owns. Jágr wore #68 to honor his granfather Jaromir, who was imprisoned amid Czechoslovakia
against the Russian tanks in 1968 who died in 1972 aftrer his release. Jágr came to the U.S.
in 1990 to play for Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored 537 with 772 assists entering 2005-2006 season.
He won consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Penguins. Jágr has the
second-most points in NHL history. He is the most productive European player who has ever
played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time.
In 1990, at age 18, he was the youngest player in the NHL. Until his transfer, at age 45, he was
the oldest player in the NHL, and is the oldest player to record a hat-trick. Reference: Sporting News,
Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), p. 176; Photo Source: Jaromír Jágr (bestsportsphotos.com)
103) 68th Kentucky Derby was won by Shut Out in 2:04.4 with jockey Wayne D. Wright aboard (May 2, 1942).
104) 68th Preakness was won by Count Fleet in 1:57.4 with jockey Johnny Longden aboard (May 8, 1943);
Count Fleet was the 6th horse to win the Triple Crown.
105) 68th Belmont Stakes was won by Granville in 2:30.00 with jockey James Stout on board (June 6, 1936)
106) 68th Wimbledon Men's Tennis Jaroslav Drobný defeats Ken Rosewall 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7 on July 2 1954
107) 68th Wimbledon Women's Tennis Maria Bueno defeats Sandra Reynolds 8-6, 6-0 on July 2, 1960
108) 68th U.S. Open Tennis Pancho Gonzales defeats Eric Sturgess 6-2, 6-3, 14-12 on 9-19-1948
109) 68th U.S. Golf Open Lee Trevino wins with 275 at East Course of Oak Hill
Country Club in Rochester, New York on June 16, 1968.
110) 68th Boston Marathon: Aureel Vandendriessche of Belgium wins
for second straight year in 2:19.59 (April 20, 1964).

68 in Collectibles, Coins & Postage Stamps
111) 1868 U.S. Seated Liberty Silver Dollar,
Obverse: Seated Liberty with 13 Stars & Coinage Year
Reverse: Bald Eagle holding Olive Branches & Arrows
with banner "IN GOD WE TRUST" above the eagle.
Years of Minting: 1840-1873; Mintage: 162,100
at Philadelphia; Designer: Christian Gobrecht;
Metal Composition: 90% Silver & 10% Copper.
Mint Coin selling for $3980.90 on eBay
Photo Source: pcgs.com
112) 1868 U.S. Shield Nickel,
Obverse: Shield & Coinage Year, "In God We Trust" at top
Reverse: 13 Stars surround "5" with Cents at bottom
Years of Minting: 1866-1883; Mintage: 28,817,000
at Philadelphia; Designer: James B. Longacre;
Metal Composition: 75% Copper & 25% Nickel.
Estimated Value is Worth $22 in Average Condition
and $148 to $238 in Uncirculated Mint Condition.
Photo Source: usacoinbook.com
113) Washta, Iowa (1868-1968) 100th Anniversary 1968 Medallion is selling for $7.50
in used & blemished condition. Washta is a city in Cherokee County, Iowa, U.S.
Population was 248 at 2010 census. Called "The Coldest Spot in Iowa," recording
a temperature of -47 degrees without wind chill on January 12, 1912. Washta's
name dates back to 1868 when a local man Whisman turned his farm into a
trading post/mail stop for the freight train going from Correctionville, Iowa
to Cherokee, Iowa. He recalled meeting with two Native Americans the year
before. While Whisman was out hunting, the two came upon him, removed
his gun, looked at it, and handed it back while saying, "Wash-tay, Wash-tay,"
meaning good. Whisman decided to call the town Washta. Photo: ebay.com
114) There are 100 Marvel Value Stamps
issued 1974-1976 in Marvel Comic Books
Stamp #68 Son of Satan from
Marvel Spotlight #13, Cover
Artist: John Romita,, Sr.
Comic Issues containing this stamp:
Astonishing Tales #25, August 1974, p. 32
Frankenstein #9, March 1974, p.32
Marvel Team-Up #27, November 1974, p.19
115) There are 200 cards in Wings: Friend or Foe (Topps 1952)
Card #68 is IL-2 Stormovik: Russian Assault Bomber
116) There are 160 cards in World on Wheels (Topps 1953)
Card #68 is 1911 Oakland Roadster
117) There are 135 cards in Look 'n See (Topps 1952)
Card #68 is Sir Isaac Newton (British Scientist)
118) There are 156 cards in Scoop (Topps 1954)
Card #68 is Jet Passes Sound Barrier (October 14, 1947)
119) There are 80 cards in Flags of the World (Topps 1956)
Card #68 is New Zealand
120) There are 80 cards in Davy Crockett (Topps 1956, orange back)
Card #68 is Heavy Artillery
121) Postage Stamps with 68 denomination:

U.S. RE193, 68¢
Wine Tax
(issued 1941)

Argentina 1115, 68 Pesos
Vito Dumas & Sailing
(issued 7-27-1968)

Canada 1074, 68¢
(issued 11-7-1985)

Canada 1069, 68¢
Christmas Tree
(issued 10-23-1985)

Canada 1115, 68¢
Angel with Ribbon
(issued 10-29-1986)

Cyprus 1111, 0.68 Euro
Astronomy: Andromeda
(issued 5-4-2009)

Cyprus 1124, 0.68 Euro
Christmas Star
(issued 11-12-2009)
France Postage Stamps with 0.68 Euro (6.80 Francs)

France 4745, 0.68 Euro
Valenine's Day
(issued 1-23-2015)

France 4889, 0.68 Euro
Tango Dancers
(issued 10-10-2015)

France 4914b, 0.68 Euro
The Singing Lesson
(issued 11-6-2015)

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68 in Books & Quotes
122) At sixty-eight a man's not free to decide whether
he shall seem unapproachable or not. By that age, the general
cast of our features is set, and the heart, when it finds that it can
no longer give expression to its feelings, grows discourage.
François Mauriac (1885-1970), Vipers' Tangle (1932)
Cited in 100 Years (Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life),
Joshua Prager (selections) & Milton Glaser (visualizations),
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 2016
123) Bollingen Series LVXIII is The Archetypal World of Henry Moore
By Erich Neumann (1905-1960); Translated by R.F.C. Hull
Princeton University Press, NJ, 1985
124) Volume 68 of Time Magazine (1st issue: March 3, 1923)
runs from July 1, 1946, LXVIII, No. 1
(Cover: Albert Einstein)
to December 30, 1946, LXVIII, No. 27
(Cover: Marian Anderson)
Eugene O'Neill (10-21-1946, LXVIII:17);
James Bryant Conant (9-23-1946, LXVIII:13);
Marian Anderson (12-30-1946, LXVIII:27);
Photo Source: Albert Einstein (time.com)
125) Volume 68 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography
is titled "Canadian Writers, 1920-1959, First Series"
Edited by William H. New, Gale Research, Detroit, 1988
DLB 68 Between World War I and 1959, Canadian literature went through evolutionary changes
related to cultural, economic & political events. The effects of the war just ended and the realities
of the next, response to the Great Depression, and sporadic civil unrest were obvious sources of
change. So, too, were establishment of a national broadcasting system (the CBC and its francophone
counterpart Radio-Canada) in the 1930s and National Film Board a decade later. Other agents for
literary change, cited in the volumes foreword by editor W.H. New, included a group of Toronto-
based painters known as the Group of Seven; new literary journals that presented verse & opinions
of English- and French-speaking writers; Quebecs separatist movement; and the push by the nations
ethnic minorities to establish multi rather than biculturalism. 63 entries include: Patrick Anderson,
Ernest Buckler, Morley Callaghan, George Elliott, Robertson Davies, Northrop Frye, Anne Hebert,
A.M. Klein, Dorothy Livesay, Hugh MacLennan, Farley Mowat, Gabrielle Roy, Ethel Wilson.
126) '68 Volume 1: Better Run Through the Jungle (2012)
by Nat Jones (b. 7-24-1976)
There are zombies in the razorwire! Welcome to 1968...
and the end of the world. From the steaming jungles of
Vietnam to the brightly lit campus of demonstration-torn
Berkeley, California, ravenous hordes of unstoppable
ghouls are changing the face of the Age of Aquariu.
Photo Source: amazon.com
127) 68: A Novel (2018) by Jim Trainor
Ed Turner has arrived at his 50th high-school reunion for the class of '68, only to learn
that everyone there thinks he died fifty years ago. Surely, there's been a mix-up. But Ed
soon comes to believe that he's either delusional or entered an alternate reality, where
another version of him did die at age eighteen. As Ed becomes increasingly desperate
to find a way out of this mind-bending nightmare, he is aided by a quirky high-school
student who reads college physics books, a crusty old quantum physicist, & classmates
at the reunion: including a psychiatrist, a pastor and a fisherman from Alaska. And he
encounters Ellen, who he never dated but who could have been the love of his life.
But nothing can prepare Ed for the startling appearance of a late-arriving guest, who will challenge
everything he thought was possible and force him to confront the tragedy that has shaped his life.
68 takes the reader into a mysterious realm that science is only now beginning to understand.
Shadowed by the tumult of Ed's graduation year— brutal war in Vietnam, political upheaval
and great rock and roll— 68 shows us that even in a new universe, the most important things
never change. Photo Source: amazon.com
128) 68 Cantos (2019) by William Weiss
Twin suns hang in a troubled sky presiding above a desert which reaches
to every horizon, a ruptured surface interrupted and repurposed with
incisions. Apocalyptic configurations are extracted from the opaque fog.
New purposes are dragged from yellowing words, mutants born from
wounds in the page. The world fountains into strange geographies,
landscapes held aloft in turbulence. Shadows flicker in phantom light
on walls of a cave that has been bombed flat. Something emerges from
the darknesss. Photo Source: amazon.com
129) The Sixty-Eight Rooms (2011) by Marianne Malone
Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms.
Housed in the deep inside the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68
exquisitely crafted miniature rooms. Each room is set in a different hostoric period,
and every detail is perfect. Some might even say, the rooms are magic. But what if
on a field trip, you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you could
sneak inside and explore the rooms' secrets? What if you discovered that others
had done so before you?... And that someone had left something important behind?
Eleven-year-olds Jack & Ruthie are about to find out. Photo Source: amazon.com

68 in the Bible
130) 68 is cited two times in the Bible:
And Obededom with their brethren, sixty-eight;
Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters.
I. Chronicles 16:38
All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem
were four hundred sixty-eight valiant men.

Nehemiah 11:6
Source: The Complete Concordance to the Bible: New King James Version,
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1983, p. 889.
131) The 68th Psalm asks for God to expel the enemies & praises to God:
1. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
3. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides
    upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
8. The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God:
    even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.e
28. Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God,
      that which thou hast wrought for us.
32. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
35. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel
      is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

      — Psalms 68
132) 68th Book of Enoch: Michael & Raphael astonished at the Severity of the Judgement:
1. And after that my grandfather Enoch gave me the teaching of all the secrets in the book in the Parables
which had been given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the Parables.
2. And on that day Michael answered Raphael and said: 'The power of the spirit transports and makes
me to tremble because of the severity of the judgement of the secrets, the judgement of the angels:
who can endure the severe judgement which has been executed, and before which they melt away?'
3. And Michael answered again, and said to Raphael: 'Who is he whose heart is not softened
concerning it, and whose reins are not troubled by this word of judgement (that) has gone forth
upon them because of those who have thus led them out?' 4. And it came to pass when he stood
before the Lord of Spirits, Michael said thus to Raphael: 'I will not take their part under the eye
of the Lord; for the Lord of Spirits has been angry with them because they do as if they were
the Lord. Therefore all that is hidden shall come upon them for ever and ever; for neither angel
nor man shall have his portion (in it), but alone they have received their judgement for ever and ever.'

Book of Enoch, LXVIII (circa 105 B.C.-64 B.C.)
    translated by R. H. Charles, S.P.C.K., London, 1917, p. 89
133) 68th Saying of Gospel of Thomas:
Jesus said: Blessed are you when they hate you, and persecute you,
and do not find a place in the spot where they persecuted you.

Gospel of Thomas 68 (114 sayings of Jesus, circa 150 A.D.)
(translated by Thomas O. Lambdin, 1988)
134) In Chapter 68 of The Aquarian Gospel, Jesus speaks to the people in Bethany.
Tells them how to become pure in heart. Goes to Jerusalem and in
the temple reads from a prophetic book. Goes to Nazareth.
  1. The news soon spread abroad that Jesus, king of Israel, had come to
      Bethany, and all the people of the town came forth to greet the king.
  2. And Jesus, standing in the midst of them, exclaimed,
      Behold, indeed, the king has come, but Jesus is not king.
  3. The kingdom truly is at hand; but men can see it not with
      carnal eyes; they cannot see the king upon the throne.
  4. This is the kingdom of the soul; its throne is
      not an earthly throne; its king is not a man.
  6. But when our Father-God sets up the kingdom of the soul,
      he pours his blessings forth, like rain, upon the thrones
      of earthly kings who rule in righteousness.
11. Men call me Christ, and God has recognised the name; but Christ
      is not a man. The Christ is universal love, and Love is king.
14. When you have purified your hearts by faith, the king
      will enter in, and you will see his face.
16. And Jesus said, Whatever tends to purity in thought, and word,
      and deed will cleanse the temple of the flesh.
19. Until men reach the higher plane, and get away from selfishness,
      this rule will give the best results:
20. Do unto other men what you would have them do to you.

The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 68
Transcribed from the Akashic Records by Levi H. Dowling
DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA, 1908, Reset 1964, pp. 109-111.

68 in Books on Philosophy and Religion
135) Hymn 68 in Book 1 of the Rig Veda is a song of praise to Agni, the God of Fire:
1. COMMINGLING, restless, he ascends the sky, unveiling nights and all that stands or moves,
    As he the sole God is preeminent in greatness among all these other Gods.
2. All men are joyful in thy power, O God, that living from the dry wood thou art born.
    All truly share thy Godhead while they keep, in their accustomed ways, eternal Law.
3. Strong is the thought of Law, the Law's behest; all works have they performed; he quickens all.
    Whoso will bring oblation, gifts to thee, to him, bethinking thee, vouchsafe thou wealth.
4.Seated as Priest with Manu's progeny, of all these treasures he alone is Lord.
    Men yearn for children to prolong their line, and are not disappointed in their hope.
5. Eagerly they who hear his word fulfil his wish as sons obey their sire's behest.
    He, rich in food, unbars his wealth like doors: he, the House-Friend, hath decked heaven's vault with stars.

Rig Veda Book 1, 68.1-5 (circa 1500 B.C.)

Book of the Dead cover
Chapter 68 in The Papyrus of Ani, Egyptian Book of the Dead:
The doors of the sky are opened for me, the doors of the earth
are opened for me, the door-bolts of Geb are opened for me,
the shutters of the sky-windows are thrown open for me.
It is he who guarded me who releases me, who binds his hand
on me and thrusts his hand on to me on earth, the mouth of
the Pelican is opened for me, the mouth of the Pelican is given
to me, and I go out into the day to the place where I desire to be.
May I have the power in my heart, may I have poer in my arms,
may I have the power in my legs, may I have power in my mouth,
may I have power ian all my members, may I have power over waters,
may I have power over air, may I have power ovr the streams.
A God replies: Raise yourself upon your left side, put yourself upon your right side,
sit down & stand up, throw off your dust, may your tongue and your mouth be wise.
As for whoever knows this book, he shall go out into the day, he shall walk on earth
among the living and he shall never suffer destruction, A matter a million times true.

Egyptian Book of the Dead: Book of Going Forth by Day
    Complete Papyrus of Ani, Chapter 68, (circa 1250 B.C.), page 107
    (translated by Raymond Faulkner), Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1994
    Image Source:: Book Cover (wisdomportal.com)
Lao Tzu (604 BC-517 BC), Tao Te Ching, Verse 68:
The best athlete
wants his opponent at his best.
The best general
enters the mind of his enemy.
The best businessman
serves the communal good.
The best leader
follows the will of the people.
All of them embody
the virtue of non-competition.
Not that they don't love to compete,
but they do it in the spirit of play.
In this they are like children
and in harmony with the Tao.
(translated by Stephen Mitchell,
Tao Te Ching (4th century BC)
Harper & Row, New York, 1988)

Lao Tzu (detail)
Silk Painting in
British Museum
138) Lao Tzu (604-517 BC), Hua Hu Ching, Verse 68:
In angelic dual cultivation, one learns to follow the Tao. To approach the Tao,
you will need all your sincerity, for it is elusive, first revealing itself in form and
image, then dissolving into subtle, indefinable essence. Though it is uncreated itself,
it creates all things. Because it has no substance, it can enter into where there is
no space. Exercising by returning to itself, winning victories by remaining gentle
and yielding, it is softer than anything, and therefore it overcomes everything hard.
What does this tell you about the benefit of non-action and silence?

(translated by Brian Walker, Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu,
Harper San Francisco 1992)
139) Verse 68 of Pythagoras's Golden Verses:
And in the deliverance of the Soul, decide between
the courses open to you, & thoroughly examine all things.

Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.), Golden Verses, Verse 68
(translated by A.E.A., Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. V, 1894)
reprinted in Percy Bullock, The Dream of Scipio, Aquarian Press,
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK, 1983, p. 56
140) Aphorism 68 of Symbols of Pythagoras:
Sudorem ferro obstergere, tetrum nefas.
It is a horrible crime to wipe off the sweat with Iron. — Dacier.
It is wicked to take by force from another,
the thing he has not earned by his own exertions.
Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.), Symbols of Pythagoras
(translated by Sapere Aude, Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. V, 1894)
reprinted in Percy Bullock, The Dream of Scipio, Aquarian Press,
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK, 1983, p. 89
141) Section 68a-68b of Plato's Phaedo
Socrates to Simmias on Philosopher has no fear of death:
Will a true lover of wisdom who has firmly grasped this same conviction—
that he will never attain to wisdom worthy of the name elsewhere than in the
next world— will he be grieved at dying? Will he not be glad to make that
journey? We must suppose so, my dear boy, that is, if he is a real philosopher,
because then he will be of the firm belief that he will never find wisdom in
all its purity in any other place. If this is so, would it not be quite
unreasonable, as I said just now, for such a man to be afraid of death?
Plato (428-348 BC), Phaedo 68a-68b (360 BC)
(trans. Hugh Tredennick), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, p. 50
142) Section 68d-68e of Plato's Timaeus— On mixing of colors & God's creation:
There will be no difficulty in seeing how and by what mixtures the colors derived
made according to the rules of probability. He, however from these are who should
attempt to verify all this by experiment would forget the difference of the human
and divine nature. For God only has the knowledge and also the power which are able
to combine many things into one and again resolve the one into many. But no man
either is or ever will be able to accomplish either the one or the other operation. (68d)
    These are the elements, thus of necessity then subsisting, which the creator
of the fairest and best of created things associated with himself when he made
the self-sufficiency and most perfect good, using the necessary causes as his
ministers in the accomplishment of his work, his work, but himself contriving
the good in all his creations.
Plato (428-348 BC), Timaeus 68d-68e (360 BC)
(trans. Benjamin Jowett), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, p. 1192
143) 68th Verse of Buddha's Dhammapada: Canto V— The Fool
Well done is that deed which one, having performed, does not repent,
and whose consequence one experiences with delight and contentment.

Dhammapada Verse 68 (240 B.C.)
(translated by Harischandra Kaviratna,
Dhammapada: Wisdom of the Buddha, 1980)
144) 68th Verse of Chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna's lecture to Arjuna on karma yoga):
The man who therefore in recollection withdraws his senses
from the pleasures of sense, his is a serene wisdom.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 68
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, p. 54)
145) 68th Verse of Chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna's lecture to Arjuna on renunciation & surrender):
But he who will teach this secret doctrine to those who
have love for me, and who himsef has supreme love,
he in truth shall come unto me.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Verse 68
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, p. 121)
146) 68th Verse in Chapter 18 of Ashtavakra Gita
(Sage Astavakra's dialogue with King Janaka):
In short, here there is no need to say more. The great-souled one,
who has realised the Truth, is free from desire for sense-enjoyments
and for spiritual liberation. He is devoid of all passions,
in all places, and at all times.

Ashtavakra Gita, Chapter 18, Verse 68 (circa 400 B.C.)
Translated by Swami Chinmayananda (1972), pp. 334-335
Chinmayananda's Commentary: The listener's intellect is no vessel to receive
what the teacher wants to give. The student has to transceend his ego, and
come to awake to the State of Pure Consciousness, all by himself.
147) 68th Aphroism Patanjali's Yoga Sutra:
The cause of what is to be avoided is the union of seer with the seen.
Patanjali (circa 200 B.C.), Yoga Sutra II.17: Aphroism 68 (circa 200 B.C.)
translated by Rama Prasada, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, 1995, p. 168
148) Text 68 of On Prayer: 153 Texts
of Evagrios the Solitary (345-399 AD)
Be on your guard against the tricks of the demons.
While you are praying purely and calmly, sometimes they suddenly
bring before you some strange and alien form, making you imagine
in your conceit that the Deity is there. They are trying to persuade
you that the object suddenly disclosed to you is the Deity, whereas
the Deity does not possess quantity and form.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 63)
149) Text 68 of On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts
of Saint Mark the Ascetic (early 5th century AD)
When you suffer some dishonor from men, recognize at once the glory that
will be given you by God. Then you will not be saddened or upset by the
dishonor; and when you receive the glory you will be steadfast & innocent.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 131)
150) Text 68 of On Watchfulness and Holiness
of Saint Hesychios the Priest (circa 7th century AD)
He who always concentrates on the inner life will acquire self-restraint.
He will also be able to contemplate, theologize and pray. This is what the
Apostle meant when he said: "Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil
the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 174)
151) Text 68 of On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination: 100 Texts
of Saint Diadochos of Photiki (400-486 AD)
Our intellect often finds it hard to endure praying because of the straightness and concentration which this involves:
but it joyfully turns to theology because of the broad and unhampered scope of divine speculation. Therefore, so as to
keep the intellect from expressing itself too much in words or exalting itself unduly in its joy, we should spend most
of our time in prayer, in singing psalms and reading the Holy Scriptures, yet without neglecting the speculations
of wise men whose faith has been revealed in their writings. In this way we shall prevent the intellect from confusing
its own utterances with the utterances of grace, and stop it from being led astray by self-esteem and dispersed through
over-elation and loquacity. In the time of contemplation we must keep the intellect free of all fantasy and image, and
so ensure that with almost all our thoughts we shed tears. When it is at peace in times of stillness, and above all when
it is gladdened by the sweetness of prayer, not only does it escape the faults we have mentioned, but it is more and more
renewed in its swift and effortless understanding of divine truth, and with great humility it advances in its knowledge
of discrimination. There is, moreover, a prayer which is above even the broadest scope of speculation: but this prayer
is granted only to those who fully and consciously perceive the plenitude of God's grace within them. .

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp. 275-276) Full Text; Google Text
152) Text 68 of For the Encouragement of the Monks in India who had Written to Him: 100 Texts
of Saint John of Karpathos (circa 680 AD)
Once certain brethren, who were always ill and could not practice fasting, said to me: 'How is it possible for us
without fasting to rid ourselves of the devil and the passions?' To such people we should say: you can destroy
and banish what is evil, and the demons that suggest this evil to you, not only by abstaining from food, but by
calling with all your heart on God. For it is written: 'They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them'
(Ps. 107:6); and again: 'Out of the belly of hell I cried and Thou heardest my voice... Thou hast brought up my life
from corruption' (Jonah 2:2, 6). Therefore 'until iniquity shall pass away'— that is, as long as sin still troubles me—
'I will cry to God most high' (Ps. 57:1-2. LXX), asking Him to bestow on me this great blessing: by His power to
destroy within me the provocation to sin, blotting out the fantasies of my impassioned mind and rendering it image-free.
So, if you have not yet received the gift of self-control, know that the Lord is ready to hear you if you entreat Him with
prayer and hope. Understanding the Lord's will, then, do not be discouraged because of your inability to practice
asceticism, but strive all the more to be delivered from the enemy through prayer & patient thanksgiving. If
thoughts of weakness and distress force you to leave the city of fasting, take refuge in another city (cf. Matt. 10:23)—
that is, in prayer and thanksgiving.
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 314)
153) Text 68 of On the Character of Men: 170 Texts
of Saint Anthony of Egypt (251-356 AD)
Those who know what is good, and yet do not see what is to their benefit,
are blind in soul and their power of discrimination has become petrified.
Hence we should pay no attention to them, lest we too become blind
and so are constrained to fall heedlessly into the same faults.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 339)
154) 68th Verse of Chapter 2 in Lankavatara Sutra:
Mahamati the Bodhisatva-Mahasattva's Questions to the Buddha:
The Icchantika, the original elements, the wandering-about,
one Buddhahood, knowledge, the known, the marching,
the attainment, and the existence and non-existence of beings?
68th Verse of Chapter 3 in Lankavatara Sutra:
Eternity and non-eternity, the made and not-made,
this world and that world— all these and other
[ideas] belong to materialism.

The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, pp. 28, 157)
155) Chapter 68 of Mohammed's Holy Koran is titled "The Pen"
[68.1] Noon. I swear by the pen and what the angels write,
[68.2] By the grace of your Lord you are not mad.
[68.3] And most surely you shall have a reward never to be cut off.
[68.4] And most surely you conform (yourself) to sublime morality.
[68.5] So you shall see, and they (too) shall see,
[68.6] Which of you is afflicted with madness.
[68.7] Surely your Lord best knows him who errs from His way,
          and He best knows the followers of the right course.
[68.19] Then there encompassed it a visitation from your Lord while they were sleeping.
[68.20] So it became as black, barren land.
[68.21] And they called out to each other in the morning,
[68.22] Saying: Go early to your tilth if you would cut (the produce).
[68.23] So they went, while they consulted together secretly,
[68.24] Saying: No poor man shall enter it today upon you.

Mohammed, Holy Koran Chapter 68.1-7, 19-24 (7th century AD)
(translated by M. H. Shakir, Koran, 1983)
156) 68th Verse of Chapter 7 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
When one becomes fearful, he ought to seize his discarded sword; and so
also, remembering hell, one should seize the lost sword of mindfulness.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VII.68 (Perfection of Strength: Virya-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 192)
157) 68th Verse of Chapter 9 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
and both the conscious and the unconscious are identical,
because of their common existence. Insofar as difference is
only apparent, what then is the basis of their identity?

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
IX.68 (Perfection of Wisdom: Prajña-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 217)
158> Koan 68 of Joshu aka Chao-Chou (778-897):
Someone asked, "It has always been said, 'The mind as it is,
is Buddha.' But if it is not the mind as it is, can it be questioned?"
Joshu said, "Forget this 'mind as it is' thing for a moment.
What are you asking about?"
Chao-Chou (778-897), Radical Zen: The Sayings of Joshu
translated with commentary by Yoel Hoffman,
Autumn Press, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1978, p. 36
159) Case 68 of Hekiganroku: Kyozan Asks Sansho's Name
Main Subject: Kyozan asked Sansho, "What is your name?"
Sansho said, "Ejaku!" Kyozan said, "Ejaku is my name!"
Sansho said, "My name is Enen!" Kyozan laughed heartily.
Setcho's Verse:
Both grasping, both releasing— what fellows!
Riding the tiger— marvelous skill!
The laughter ends, traceless they go.
Infinite pathos, to think of them!

Notes: Kyozan appears in Case 34, Sansho in Case 49. Both were great masters.
Kyozan was the elder, being in Dharma relation, a grandson of Hyakujo,
while Sansho was Hyakujo's great-grandson. The exchange recorded in the
present case seems to have taken place when Sansho first visited Kyozan.
The latter must long have been familiar with Sansho's name, but he pretended not
to know it. Was he really asking Sansho's name or inquiring about Sansho himself?
Setcho (980-1052), Hekiganroku, 68 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, p. 328)
160) Chang Tsai (1020-1077), Correcting Youthful Ignorance, Section 68:
The mind commands man's nature and feelings.
Comment: This is a simple saying but the doctrine became a major one
in Neo-Confucianism because it not only restores feeling to a position
of equality with nature; it also makes the mind the master of a person's
total being. What is more, Neo-Confucianists were very insistent that
reality and function, and in this theory substance (nature) and function
(feelings), are harmonized by the mind.
(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, p. 517)
161) Ch'eng Hao (1032-1085), Selected Sayings, Section 68:
"All things are already complete in oneself. There is no
greater joy than to examine oneself and be sincere
(or absolutely real). If one lacks sincerity, one will violate
the principle of things and will not be in harmony with them.

(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, p. 541)
162) Ch'eng I (1033-1107), Selected Sayings, Section 68:
A student must first of all learn to doubt.
(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, p. 570)
163) Section 68 of Chu Hsi's Chin-ssu lu:
Master Ming-Tao [Ch'eng Hao] said:
He whose nature is tranquil
is qualified to pursue learning.
Chu Hsi (1130-1200),
Reflections on Things at Hand (Chin-ssu lu)
Chapter II: The Essentials of Learning
translated by Wing-Tsit Chan
Columbia University Press, NY, 1967, p. 68
Section 68 of Wang Yang Ming's Instructions for Practical Living:
[The Teacher said] "It is better to be a small body of water
in a well which comes from a spring than a large body of water
in a pond which comes from no source. The water in the well
has the spirit of life that is inexhaustible." It is said when
the Teacher said so, he was sitting by a well next to a pond.
Therefore he used this analogy to enlighten his students.

Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529),
Instructions for Practical Living or Ch'uan-hsi lu (1518), I.68
translated by Wing-tsit Chan,
Columbia University Press, NY, 1963, p. 48

Wang Yang Ming
Harvard Fogg Museum
165) 68th Section of Swedenborg's Worlds in Space (1758):
In their world the greatest care is taken to prevent anyone falling into erroneous beliefs about the One and Only Lord.
If they notice people beginning to think incorrectly about Him, they give them a warning, then threaten and finally
punish them so as to make them desist. They said it had been their practice to get rid of any family so infected, not by
sentence of death pronounced by their companions, but by spirits suppressing their breathing and so taking their lives,
after they had passed sentence of death on them. For in that world, spirits talk with people and chastise them if they
have done wrong, and also if they have formed the intention of doing so; I shall revert to this subject later. So if they
have wrong thoughts about the One and Only Lord, they are sentenced to death, if they do not come to their senses.
In this way the worship of the Lord, who is their supreme deity, is maintained.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), The Worlds in Space, 68
(translated from Latin by John Chadwick, Swedenborg Society, London, 1997, p. 47)
166) Chapter 68 of Wei Wu Wei's Ask the Awakened (1963) is titled "Form and Void":
The longer Prajnaparamita Sutra states that "Apart from form there is no void;
apart from void there is no form." This appears to mean that form is necessary in order
that there may be void, and that void is necessary in order that there may be form.
    In fact, however, we may understand that neither exists— for both are objects,
and the absence of one interdependent object requires the absence of the other.
As subjectivity— the void of Prajna— they are one, or potential
as a pair, and subjectivity objectivises both together or neither,
since all objectivisation is via the skandhas and dualist.
    The Upanishadic method, according to the remarkable qualified
Swami Tapssyananda, is that Sat-Chit-Ananda are just the negation of their
opposites or the affirmation of the absence of their opposites. That implies that they
are a manifestation of Non-being, of Unconsciousness and of Non-bliss (or suffering).
Wei Wu Wei (1895-1986), Ask the Awakened (1963), pp. 161-162
(Archive, "How Open Secret led me to Wei Wu Wei")

        Paul Brunton

Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Volume XVI, Paras #68
from various chapters

Volume 16:
Enlightened Mind,
Divine Mind

Larson Publications
Burdett, NY, 1988,

Part 1:
pp. 12, 40, 86, 159, 198;
Part 2:
pp. 11, 47, 66
Part 3:
p. 12, 22, 33
Part 4:
pp. 11, 30

Poem: "What a Soap
Box Taught Me
About Sage & Sin"

before my first
meeting with PB
in Montreux

Visit with PB
at his home,
Corseaux sur Vevey
in September 1979
Para #68 from Volume 16, Part 1
of Paul Brunton's Enlightened Mind, Divine Mind
Notebooks: "World-Mind in Individual Mind—
    If a man really appreciated his own finite littleness and the higher power's sublime infinity,
he would never have the impertinence to claim the attainment of "union with God." All such
talk is irresponsible babble, the careless use of words without semantic awareness of what is
being said. No human mind can capture the One Life-Power in all its magnitude, and its
understanding of itself and its universe. All it can do is to act as a mirror, in the deepest
recesses of its own being, and in its own humble way, of the attributes which it confers
on the Absolute from its own limited human point of view. The rest is silence.
    Those geniuses who get a lasting illumination by direct gift of Grace without having
worked, studied, prepared, or trained for it, are rare. A St. Francis or a Ramana Maharshi
is an exceptional phenomenon to gaze at, not a model whose life may be closely imitated
with the assurance of being able to produce a like result. Everyone else has to undergo
the gradual development & patient ripening that a flowering bush has to undergo.
    Sri Ramakrishna came to his illumination without practising any systematic discipline
in yoga and after only six months of passionate prayer, whereas it took Buddha six years
of arduous disciplined effort to attain his illumination. The difference of the two accounts
and the difference of efforts explains why Ramakrishna attained the high stage of mysticism
whereas Buddha attained the high stage of philosophy. The longer the road, the loftier is the
attainment, and only those who take the time and trouble to traverse the whole length of
the way may expect to gain all the fruits. He who stops part of the way may only expect
to gain part of the result.
    If a master could permanently add his spiritual vitality to that of all those who come
as seekers to him, surely he would do so? History in the past times and observation in
our own times shows no such desirable consequence of approaching him. But if a master
cannot give illumination to a would-be disciple, he can show in his own person what
illumination is. This is not less true of such men as Christ as of the minor prophets
of the minor sects of contemporary history.
    I would revise an oft-quoted sentence so that it reads:
"When the master is ready, the pupil appears!"
Para #68 from Volume 16, Part 2 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Idea"—
    There is an infinite number of possibilities in the evolution of man and the universe.
If only certain ones out of them are actually realized, this is because both follow a pattern—
the World-Idea.
    These opposite tendencies co-operate to produce an equilibrium in Nature. (3.68)
    Man is what he is. Nothing can alter that. Out of the immortal, benign, eternal Mind
he came, to It he shall return. Meanwhile It is his very essence, that is, It is life.
Para #68 from Volume 16, Part 3 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Mind"—
    World-Mind emanates and activates the cosmos into a fresh cyclic being. This continues
under its sustenance but, again cyclically, it absorbs the cosmos in the end. Thus it is the
closest to the common idea of God, the Personal God to be worshipped.
    Physics derives the world of continents and creatures from energies; these in turn derive
from a mysterious No-thing. There is no room here for materialism. For if nothing material
can be found at that deep level, mathematical evidence points to Mind.
    Mind is the Real; matter is the appearance it takes on. The universe comes by degrees out
of the ultimate Being, beyond which nothing is or could possibly be. It is Mind, measureless,
with a Power equally measureless. World-Mind is this power in operation, creating,
maintaining, and in the end destroying what it has brought forth..
Para #68 from Volume 16, Part 4 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "The Alone"—
    There is That which abides in itself, sufficient to itself, unique, the Consciousness,
the Finality. There is nothing beyond it. Before That one must bow in utmost reverence,
humbled to the ground.
    Do not attempt to describe what God is, for whatever you say would limit God,
who would then become something inferior to God. This is why Hebrew and Hindu
bible alike say he is the Nameless One. But you may describe what God is not, you
may draw illustrations from human mind, capacity, and character to suggest what
some aspect of God may be like in a quite different degree and way.
168) "Facing Up to Yourself" is Lesson 68
of Subramuniyaswami's Merging with Siva (1999):
    So, here we come to a very important state for spiritual unfoldment,
and that is to face yourself. Have the courage to admit when you are right
or the courage to admit when you are wrong. Have the intelligence to know
that these are states of mind through which your awareness is passing and
they have nothing to do with you at all, because you are pure spirit. The life
force within you is pure spirit. It has nothing to do with the turmoil of the
mind. And you have the intelligence to know that through the proper handling
of your mind, you control your mind... Mentally look back at the various states
of mind through which you have passed. It is like taking a trip in your automobile.
Each city and each state has its personality and its experience, and each state of
mind through which consciousness has passed has its personality, too, and its
experiences. And yet, that You is always the same— the You that lives a
little bit behind the conscious mind in which you dwell each day.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)
Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics
Himalayan Academy, Kapaa, Hawaii, 1999, pp. 141-142.
169) Koan 68 of Zen Master Seung Sahn—
No True One Is Elated:
By honors and by titles
no true one is elated.
To realize that which we are,
for this we were created.
  1. No true one is elated" What does this mean?
  2. Why were we created?
The sun, the moon, the stars— where do they come from?
If you attain this point, you can see God's face.

Seung Sahn (1927-2004), The Whole World Is A Single Flower
365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life
, Tuttle, Boston, 1992, p. 54

68 in Poetry & Literature
170) Verse 68 of Rubáiyát, of Omar Khayyam (1048-1122):
We are no other than a moving row
Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go
Round with the Sun-illumined Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1st Ed. 1859, 2nd Ed. 1868)
171) Verse 68 of Rumi's Daylight
The world's flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel:
eat less of it, for it is full of fire.
Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest,
but its smoke becomes visile in the end.

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273),
Mathnawi, I. 1855-6, Rumi Daylight,
(Translated Camille & Kabir Helmminski, 1999, p. 50)
172) Verse 68 of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master:
There is
A madman inside of you
Who is always running for office—
Why vote him in
For he never keeps the accounts straight.
He gets all kinds of crooked deals
Happening all over town
That will just give you a big headache
And glue to your kisser
A gigantic

Hafiz (1320-1389), The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master, Verse 68
translated by Daniel Ladinsky, Penguin Press, NY, 1999, p. 108
173) Line 68 from the Pearl Poet's Pearl: "Rich rocks were ranged along that hill."
Towarde a foreste I bere be face,
Where rych rokke3 wer to dyscreuen.
Þe ly3t of hem my3t no mon leuen,
Þe glemande glory bat of hem glent;
For wern never webbes that wyyes weven
Of half so dere adubbement
Above the trees I turned to spy,
Rich rocks were ranged along that hill.
Those stunning, stately stones would fill
A lea with light most ambient!
No man-made finery or frill
Was woven with such wonderment!
Pearl (c. 1370-1400) Lines 67-72
(Ed. Malcolm Andrew & Ronald Waldron, 1987, p. 47)
(Another Pearl translation: by Bill Stanton, another by Vernon Eller)
174) Line 68 from the Pearl Poet's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
Then gallants gather gaily, hand-gifts to make,
Called them out clearly, claimed them by hand,
Bickered long and busily about those gifts.
Ladies laughed aloud, though losers they were,
And he that won was not angered, as well you will know.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1375-1400) Lines 66-70
Translated by Marie Borroff, Norton, NY, 2010, p. 5 (Part I)
1999 Translationn by Paul Deane
175) Poem 68 of Kabir's 100 Poems of Kabir:
I hear the melody of His flute, and I cannot contain myself:
The flower blooms, though it is not spring;
    and already the bee has received its invitation.
The sky roars and the lightning flashes, the waves arise in my heart,
The rain falls; and my heart longs for my Lord.
Where the rhythm of the world rises and falls,
    thither my heart has reached:
There the hidden banners are fluttering in the air.
Kabir says: "My heart is dying, though it lives.".
Kabir (1398-1518), 100 Poems of Kabir, Poem LXVIII
Translated by Rabindranath Tagore,
assisted by Evelyn Underhill,
Macmillan & Co., London, 1915, pp. 71-72

India #237 Kabir
(issued Oct. 1, 1952)
Criticism of cosmetics & deception
in 68th Sonnet (1609) of William Shakespeare:
Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn,
When beauty lived and died as flowers do now,
Before these bastard signs of fair were born,
Or durst inhabit on a living brow;
Before the golden tresses of the dead,
The right of sepulchres, were shorn away,
To live a second life on second head;
Ere beauty's dead fleece made another gay:
In him those holy antique hours are seen,
Without all ornament, itself and true,
Making no summer of another's green,
Robbing no old to dress his beauty new;
    And him as for a map doth Nature store,
    To show false Art what beauty was of yore.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616),
Sonnets LXVIII, Commentary

Hungary CB3: William Shakespeare
1 forint airmail (issued 10-16-1948)
"I bounded o'er the mountains, by the sides"
in Line 68 of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey":
And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint,
And somewhat of a sad perplexity,
The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years. And so I dare to hope,
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first
I came among these hills; when like a roe
I bounded o'er the mountains, by the sides
Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams,
Wherever nature led: more like a man
William Wordsworth (1770-1850),
"Tintern Abbey" (1798), Lines 58-70

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin R. Haydon
178) "And round and round it flew."
in Line 68 of Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner":
At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834),
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798), Lines 63-68
The Complete Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Penguin Books, London, 1997, p. 149
179) Chapter 68 of Melville's Moby-Dick (1851):
It is by reason of this cosy blanketing of his body, that the whale is enabled to keep himself
comfortable in all weathers, in all seas, times, and tides. What would become of a Greenland
whale, say, in those shuddering, icy seas of the North, if unsupplied with his cosy surtout?...
It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and
the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire
and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live
in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole.
Like the great dome of St. Peter's, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons
a temperature of thine own... But how easy and how hopeless to teach these fine things!
Of erections, how few are domed like St. Peter's! of creatures, how few vast as the whale!

Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick, Chapter 68: The BlanketBR>
180) 68th Poem of Emily Dickinson (1859):
Ambition cannot find him.
Affection doesn't know
How many leagues of nowhere
Lie between them now.

Yesterday, undistinguished!
Eminent Today
For our mutual honor, Immortality!

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by Thomas H. Johnson, 1955), p. 36
181) 68th New Poem of Emily Dickinson:
That Possession fairest lies
that is least possest.

Emily Dickinson (Letter 359, 1871)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by William H. Shurr, University of North Carolin Press, 1993, p. 25)
182) "Passage to India!" in Line 68 of Walt Whitman's Passage to India (1871):
Passage to India!
Struggles of many a captain-tales of many a sailor dead!
Over my mood, stealing and spreading they come,
Like clouds and cloudlets in the unreach'd sky.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Passage to India Section 3, Lines 68-71
From Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition, Modern Library,
Random House, Inc., New York, 1993, p. 512)
68th Verse in Tagore's Gitanjali:
Thy sunbeam comes upon this earth of mine with arms
outstretched and stands at my door the livelong day to carry
back to thy feet clouds made of my tears and sighs and songs.
    With fond delight thou wrappest about thy starry breast that
mantle of misty cloud, turning it into numberless shapes
and folds and colouring it with hues ever changing.
    It is so light and so fleeting, tender and tearful and dark,
that is why thou lovest it, O thou spotless and serene.
And that is why it may cover thy awful white light
with its pathetic shadows.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), Verse 68

Rabindranath Tagore
68th Page of A.E.'s Song and Its Fountains (1932)
I have never ceased from the inward search, and might by that faithfulness
have gone far if I had not a rabble of desires tugging me by the skirts
to travel alluring roads in the world of illusion. I could peer only a little
way, apprehending behind form the Creator, behind thought the Thinker,
behind intuition the Seer, behind conscience the Love, and in fallen life
some still unfallen majesty, and even in the basest desires could find signs
of their spiritual ancestry... I tell what I have surmised or discovered,
by reason perhaps of that uncorrupted spiritual atom in my nature.
A.E. aka George William Russell (1867-1935)
Larson Publications, Burdett, New York, 1991, Ch. 8, p. 68
Photo Source: A.E. (wikipedia.org)

George W. Russell
185) 68th Page lines in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, (15 samples):
one day while dodging chores that she stripped teasily for binocu- (68.1)
lar man and that her jambs were jimpjoyed to see each other, the (68.2)
nautchy girly soon found her fruitful hat too small for her and (68.3)
rapidly taking time, look, she rapidly took to necking, partying (68.4)
and selling her spare favours in the haymow or in lumber closets (68.5)
or in the greenawn ad huck (there are certain intimacies in all (68.6)
ladies' lavastories we just lease to imagination) or in the sweet (68.7)
churchyard close itself for a bit of soft coal or an array of thin (68.8)
dotter of a dearmud, (her pitch was Forty Steps and his perch old (68.14)
Cromwell's Quarters) with so valkirry a licence as sent many a (68.15)
poor pucker packing to perdition, again and again, ay, and again (68.16)
quean, a queen of pranks. A kingly man, of royal mien, regally (68.22)
robed, exalted be his glory! So gave so take: Now not, not now! (68.23)
of day gon by. He hears! Zay, zay, zay! But, by the beer of his (68.27)
profit, he cannot answer. Upterputty till rise and shine! Nor needs (68.28)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Finnegans Wake, (1939), p. 68
186) Sonnet 68 in Edna St. Vincent Millay's Collected Sonnets (1941)
For this your mother sweated in the cold,
For this you bled upon the bitter tree:
A yard of tinsel ribbon bought and sold;
A paper wreath; a day at home for me.
The merry bells ring out, the people kneel;
Up goes the man of God before the crowd;
With voice of honey and with eyes of steel
He drones your humble gospel to the proud.
Nobody listens. Less than the wind that blows
Are all your words to us you died to save.
O Prince of Peace! O Sharon's dewy Rose!
How mute you lie within your vaulted grave.
The stone the angel rolled away with tears
Is back upon your mouth these thousand years.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), Sonnet 68
Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Harper & Brothers, NY, 1941, p. 68

Edna St. Vincent Millay

187) POEM 68 is "Courage""
in Anna Akhmatova's Selected Poems (2006)
We know what trembles in the scales,
What has to be accomplished.
The hour for courage. If all else fails,
With courage we are not unfurnished.

What though the dead be crowded, each to each,
What though our houses be destroyed?—
We will preserve you, Russian speech,
Keep you alive, great Russian word.
We will pass you to our sons and heirs
Free and clean, and they in turn to theirs,
          And so forever.

1942, 23 February

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966),
Poem 68 (1942), Selected Poems
translated by D.M. Thomas,
Penguin Classics, NY, 2006, pp. 71-72

Anna Akhmatova

188) e. e. cummings, Xaipe (1950)
Poem 68

love our so right
is,all(each thing
most lovely)sweet
things cannot spring
but we be they'll

some or if where
shall breath a new
(silvery rare
goldenly so)
moon,she is you

nothing may,quite
your my(my your
and)self without,
completely dare
be beautiful

one if should sing
(at yes of day)
younger than young
bird first for joy,
he's i he's i

e. e. cummings (1894-1962),
Xaipe (1958), "Poem 68"
From E.E. Cummings,
Complete Poems 1904-1962
Edited by George J. Firmage,
Liveright, New York, 1991, p. 666
189) e. e. cummings published 95 Poems in 1958 (Norton).
This was the last book of new poems published in Cummings's lifetime.
Poem 68





95 Poems
e. e. cummings (1894-1962),
95 Poems (1958), "Poem 68"
From E.E. Cummings,
Complete Poems 1904-1962
Edited by George J. Firmage,
Liveright, New York, 1991, p. 740
190) Four months after e. e. cummings' death in September 1962,
his widow Marion Morehouse collected the typescripts of
29 new poems, along with uncollected poems to make up
73 Poems published in 1963. (Liverwright).
Poem 68
What is
upup: go


com; ing won

ful sun

moon stars the all, & a

ger than

gest could even
begin to be) dream
of; a thing: of
a creature who's



but light and dark: but

never forever
& when) un
til one strict

here of amazing most

now, with what
thousands of (hundreds
of) millions of


73 Poems
e. e. cummings (1894-1962),
73 Poems (1963), "Poem 68", pp. 83-84
Also from E.E. Cummings,
Complete Poems 1904-1962
Edited by George J. Firmage,
Liveright, New York, 1991, p. 839
191) Sonnet 68 in Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
The girl made of wood didn't come here on foot;
suddenly there she was on the beach, sitting on the cobbles,
her head covered with old sea flowers,
her expression the sadness of roots.

There she stayed, watching, watching over our open lives,
the moving and being and going and coming, over the earth,
as the day faded its gradual petals. She watched
over us without seeing us, the girl made of wood:

crowned by ancient waves, she looked out
through her shipwrecked eyes.
She knew we live in a distant net

of time and water and waves and noise and rain,
without knowing if we exist, or if we are her dream.
This is the story of the girl made of wood.

Pablo Neruda
Nobel Prize 1971
Love Sonnet LXVIII, 100 Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos de Amor
Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires, 1960 (trans. Stephen Tapscott, 1986, p. 145)
Poem 68 of The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch:
is "Poem"—
The thing / To do / Is organize / The sea /
So boats will / Automatically float / To their destinations. /
Ah, the Greeks / Thought of that! /
Well, what if / They / Did
We have no / Gods / Of the winds! /
And therefore / Must use / Science!
Kenneth Koch, (1925-2002)
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006, p. 178
(Note: Koch was my Freshman English Professor at Columbia, 1959-60;
He taught children to write poetry in NYC; My teaching at CPITS)

Kenneth Koch
193) Poem 68 in Tomas Tranströmer's The Half-Finished Heaven (1987)
(There are 70 poems in this edition; Poem 68 is "Island Life, 1860")
Island Life, 1860

Down at the dock she was washing clothes one day,
and the deep-sea cold rose right up along her arms
and into her being.

Her frozen tears became spectacles.
The island lifted itself by its own grass
and the herring flag floated far down in the sea.
II. Also the swarming hive of smallpox got to him
settled onto his face.
He lies in bed looking at the ceiling.

How hard it is to row up the stream of silence.
This moment's stain that flows out for eternity
this moment's wound that bleeds in for eternity.

Tomas Tranströmer, The Half-Finished Heaven
Chosen & Translated by Robert Bly
Graywolf Press, Minneapolis 2001, p. 93

Tomas Tranströmer
Nobel Prize 2011
194) There are 207 poems in Robert Creeley's Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (2008)
Poem #68 is "The Window"—

Position is where you
put it, where it is,
did you, for example, that

large tank there, silvered,
with the white church along-
side, lift

all that, to what
purpose? How
heavy the slow

world is with
everything put
in place. Some

man walks by, a
car beside him on
the dropped

road, a leaf of
yellow color is
going to

fall. It
all drops into
place. My

face is heavy
with the sight. I can
feel my eye breaking.

Robert Creeley
Robert Creeley (1926-2005), Selected Poems, 1945-2005
    University of California Press, Berkeley, 2008, pp. 92-93
195) There are 284 poems in Robert Bly's Stealing Sugar from the Castle (2013)
Poem #68 is "The Ram"—
The ram walks over the minty grass.
The hawk ruffles his shoulder feathers.
Two chooks sit with feathers overlapping.
Just before dark big snowflakes fall.
Robert Bly (born 12-23-1926)
Stealing Sugar from the Castle:
Selected & New Poems 1950-2013

W.W. Norton & Co., New York, p. 105
(2008 Stanford Workshops, Reading)
196) There are 69 poems in Stephen Mitchell's
Parables and Portraits (1990), 68th poem
Kingdom of Heaven
"Ooh, make it a sad story," the children said. "Make it
a sad, sad story." They were sitting on the fence in the
late February sunlight. They had all been changed into
birds. "Once there was a needle," I began, "and every
time it pierced the lips..." "Oh," cried the children,"
we know about that kind of sorrow. Tell us about
the other." I must admit that I was reluctant to
continue. The sunlight in the yard was so poignant
after a day of rain. I could hear their little claws
skittering along the fence. "All right," I said. "Once
there was a needle, & every time it pierced the eyes..."

Stephen Mitchell
Stephen Mitchell (born 1943),
    Parables and Portraits
    Harper & Row, Publishers, NY, 1990, p. 82
197) There are 229 poems in Kay Ryan's
The Best of It (2010), 68th poem
Who would be a turtle who could help it?
A barely mobile hard roll, a four-oared helmet,
she can ill afford the chances she must take
in rowing toward the grasses that she eats.
Her track is graceless, like dragging
a packing-case places, and almost any slope
defeats her modest hopes. Even being practical,
she's often stuck up to the axle on her way
to something edible. With everything optimal,
she skirts the ditch which would convert
her shell into a serving dish. She lives
below luck-level, never imagining some lottery
will change her load of pottery to wings.
Her only levity is patience,
the sport of truly chastened things.

Kay Ryan,
US Poet Laureate
Kay Ryan (born 9-21-1945),
    The Best of It (New & Selected Poems),
    Grove Press, NY, 2010, p. 81
    from Flamingo Watching (1994)
    (2010 Stanford Workshops)
In James Richardson's By the Numbers (2010)
the poem "Vectors 3.0: Even More Aphroisms
and Ten-Second Essays" has 170 aphroisms.
Aphroism 68
Let us explain to ourselves the difference. A rock might
be very big, like Plymouth Rock or the Rock of Gibraltar.
Or underground, as in bedrock. A rock is rough.
A stone is smooth: it might well be cut into a
gravestone, a cobblestone. Rocks you clamber over,
stones you step on. What's that brilliance on her finger,
a rock or a stone? The rock-thrower is anonymous.
Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.
James Richardson (born 1-1-1950),
    By the Numbers
    Copper Canyon Press,
    Port Townsend, WA, 2010, pp. 38-39

James Richardson
There are 173 poems in Jane Hirshfield's
Women in Praise of the Sacred (1994)
(43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
68th poem is by Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th century),
"Knowing Love in Herself" (translated by Oliver Davies)
I do not complain of suffering for Love,
It is right that I should always obey her,
For I can know her only as she is in herself,
Whether she commands in storm or in stillness.
This is a marvel beyond my understanding,
Which fills my whole heart
And makes me stray in a wild desert.

Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield (born 2-24-1953),
    Editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred
    (43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
    HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994, p. 101

68 in Numerology
200) Numerology: words whose letters add up to 68

(2 + 3 + 4 + 4 + 8 + 1) + (4 + 9 + 7 + 9 + 3 + 1 + 5 + 3 + 5) = 22 + 46 = 68

(2 + 3 + 2 + 2 + 5 + 9 + 3 + 3 + 7) + (5 + 9 + 1 + 4 + 6 + 4) = 39 + 29 = 68

(4 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 6 + 5) + (9 + 9 + 4 + 5 + 9) = 32 + 36 = 68

(6 + 1 + 3 + 5) + (9 + 5 + 6 + 3 + 5 + 3 + 2 + 9 + 6 + 5) = 15 + 53 = 68

(7 + 1 + 9 + 4 + 5 + 5) + (6 + 6 + 3 + 5 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 5) = 31 + 37 = 68

(7 + 6 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 5) + (1 + 7 + 9 + 9 + 5 + 7) = 30 + 38 = 68

(3 + 9 + 6 + 5) + (4 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 5) = 23 + 45 = 68

(4 + 9 + 9 + 9 + 6 + 9) + (4 + 9 + 5 + 4) = 46 + 22 = 68

(5 + 9 + 5 + 2 + 5 + 5 + 5) + (1 + 9 + 6 + 2 + 5 + 5 + 5) = 36 + 32 = 68

PILGRIM ROCK (Plymouth Rock):
(7 + 9 + 3 + 7 + 9 + 9 + 4) + (9 + 6 + 3 + 2) = 48 + 20 = 68

(9 + 6 + 1 + 5) + (1 + 1 + 7 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 5) = 21 + 47 = 68

(1 + 7 + 9 + 9 + 5 + 7) + (6 + 9 + 9 + 5) = 23 + 55 = 68

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