On the Number 60

1) The 30th even number = 60
2) Product of the 1st and 15th even numbers = 2 x 30 = 60
3) Product of the numbers = 2 x 30 = 3 x 20 = 4 x 15 = 5 x 12 = 6 x 10 = 60
4) Product of the 3-4-5 Pythagorean right triangle numbers = 3 x 4 x 5 = 60
5) 60 is the smallest number with 12 different divisors = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30
6) Sum of the 3rd to the 8th odd numbers = 5 + 7 + 9 + 11 + 13 + 15 = 60
7) Sum of the 4th to the 8th even numbers = 8 + 10 + 12 + 14 + 16 = 60
8) Sum of the 3rd cube and 3rd two-digit palindromic numbers 27 + 33 = 60
9) Sum of the 8th and 13th prime numbers 19 + 41 = 60
10) Sum of the 9th and 12th prime numbers 23 + 37 = 60
11) Sum of prime numbers 7 + 53 = 13 + 47 = 17 + 43 = 60
12) Difference of the 50th and 20th even numbers = 100 - 40 = 60
13) Time measurement: Number of seconds in one minute = 60
14) Time measurement: Number of minutes in one hour = 60
15) Angle measurement: 60 seconds of arc in one minute
16) Angle measurement: 60 minutes of arc in one degree
17) Internal angles in an equilateral triangle = 60 degrees
18) The 127th & 128th digits of pi = 60
19) The 147th & 148th digits of phi = 60
20) Atomic Number of Neodymium (Nd) = 60 (60 protons & 60 electrons)
21) A new form of Carbon, Buckminsterfullerene ("Bucky Ball"),
with formula C 60 is formed in the treatment of graphite by lasers.
22) The 60th day of a non-leap year = March 1
( Frederic Chopin, Polish/French composer, was born
on this day 3-1-1810 & died on 10-17-1849)
23) A snowflake has six main arms that are 60 degrees apart.
24) A honeycomb is a hexagon with outer angles of 60 degrees.
25) A sextile in an astrology chart occurs when two planets are 60 degrees apart.
26) Diamond wedding anniversary celebrates 60 years of marriage
27) Cycle of 60 in the Chinese zodiac is formed by the 5 Elements
and the 12 Terrestial Branches (Animals)
28) Plato's Nuptial Number = 604 = 12,960,000 = length of a world year (3600 x 3600)
29) Silicon (Si) forms crystals in a 1,1,1 lattice which tilts at 60 degrees.
30) Plutarch claims that crocodiles lay 60 eggs and incubate them for 60 days.
(See Alligator Fact Sheet)
Bambey Rose:
Hybrid Tea, Medium Red
60 petals
fragrant & fruity
double & pointed
height: 3.5 feet
introduced 1979
[(Fragrant Cloud x Peace) x Alec's Red]
(See Creation of a Rose)
32) Hymn 60 in Book 6 of the Rig Veda is an invocation to Indra & Agni:
Indra and Agni, these our songs of praise have sounded forth to you:
Ye who bring blessings! drink the juice...
Indra and Agni, we invoke you both, the Gods,
as Friends for friendship, bringing bliss.
Indra and Agni, hear his call who worships. with libations poured.
Come and enjoy the offerings, drink the sweetly-flavoured Soma juice.
33) The 60th hexagram of the I Ching: Chieh / Limitation
Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION.
Thus the superior man
Creates number and measure,
And examines the nature of virtue and correct conduct.
34) 60th word of the King James Version of the Bible's Old Testament Genesis = and
1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
    And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Genesis I.1-4 (1611)
35) In the 60th Psalm, David seeks God's help to vanquish his enemies:
God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice,
I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is
that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalms 60.6, 60.12
36) In Isaiah Chapter 60, God gives light to the righteous:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come,
    and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness
    shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be
    unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:
    I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

Isaiah 60.1, 60.19 60.22
37) Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 60:
Governing a large state is like boiling a small fish.
38) 60th Verse of Buddha's Dhammapada: The Fool
Long is the night to a sleepless person;
long is the distance of a league to a tired person;
long is the circle of rebirths to a fool who does not know the true Law.

Buddha, Dhammapada Verse 60 (240 B.C.)
(translated by Harischandra Kaviratna, Dhammapada: Wisdom of the Buddha 1971)
39) 60th Verse of the Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna's lecture to Arjuna on karma yoga):
As the Spirit of our mortal body wanders on in childhood,
and youth and old age, the Spirit wanders on to a new body: of this the sage has no doubts.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 13 [note: 47 verses in Ch. 1]
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, p. 49)
40) 60th Verse in Chapter 18 of Astavakra Gita
(Sage Astavakra's dialogue with King Janaka):
He who has spontaneous realization of self-conscious is not even in
distress like ordinary people while acting in vast lake like heart.
Surely he shines as devoid of agitation and devoid of sorrows.

Astavakra Gita Chapter 18, Verse 60 (circa 400 B.C.)
41) A Fragment of the Book of Noah in the 60th Book of Enoch:
And the spirit of the snow has forsaken his chambers on account
of his strength— There is a special spirit therein, and
that which ascends from it is like smoke, and its name is frost.

Book of Enoch 60.18 (circa 105 BC-64 BC)
42) 60th Tetragram of the T'ai Hsüan Ching: Accumulation / Chi
September 13 (pm) - September 17:
Correlates with Human's Mystery:
Yin is about to largely close things.
Yang is still slightly opening things.
Mountains, valleys, wetlands, and marshes,
to them the myriad things return.

Yang Hsiung (53 BC-18 AD),
Canon of Supreme Mystery ( T'ai Hsüan Ching)
(translated by Michael Nylan, 1993, p. 351)
43) 60th Trigraph of the Ling Ch'i Ching: Ta T'ung / Great Unification
The image of penetrating and expanding
Three yang destroy yin
K'an (water) * True north

The Milky Way level and smooth, extending in five directions,
penetrating to six, I travel in its midst,
mounting the clouds and riding dragons.

Tung-fang Shuo,
Ling Ch'i Ching (circa 222-419)
(trans. Ralph D. Sawyer & Mei-Chün Lee Sawyer, 1995, p. 60)
44) Chapter 60 of Mohammed's Holy Koran is titled "The Examined One"
O you who believe! do not take My enemy and your enemy for friends:
would you offer them love while they deny what has come to you of the truth,... (60.1)
Our Lord! do not make us a trial for those who disbelieve,
and forgive us, our Lord! surely Thou art the Mighty, the Wise. (60.5)
... surely Allah is the Self-sufficient, the Praised. (60.6)
... Allah is Powerful; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (60.7)
... surely Allah loves the doers of justice. (60.8)
... ask forgiveness for them from Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Mohammed, Holy Koran Chapter 60 (7th century AD)
(translated from by M.H. Shakir, Koran: The Poets, 1983)
45) 60th Verse of Sagathakam in Lankavatara Sutra:
Neither an ego, nor a being, nor a person exists in the Skandhas;
[there is birth when] the Vijñana is born,
and [cessation when] the Vijñana ceases.
Last chapter of The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 231)
46) 60th Verse of Chapter 7 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
In the midst of a multitude of passions (kleśa)
one should e a thousand times more fierce
and as hard to be conquered by the hosts
of passion as the lion by herds of antelopes.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VII.60 (Perfection of Strength) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 191); Bodhisattva Path
47) Case 60 of Hekiganroku: Ummon's Staff Becomes a Dragon
Main Subject: Ummon held out his staff and said to the assembled monks,
"The staff has transformed itself into a dragon and swallowed up the universe!
Where are the mountains, the rivers, and the great world?

Setcho's Verse:
The staff has swallowed up the universe.
Don't say peach blossoms float on the waters.
The fish that gets its tail singed
May fail to grasp the mist and clouds.
The ones that lie with gills exposed
Need not lose heart.
My verse is done.
But do you really hear me?
Only be carefree! Stand unwavering!
Why so bewildered?
Seventy-two blows are not enoughm
I want to give you a hundred and fifty.
Setcho (980-1052), Hekiganroku, 60 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, pp. 311-312)
48) Verse 60 of Rubáiyát, of Omar Khayyam (1048-1122):
The mighty Mahmud, Allah-breathing Lord
That all the misbelieving and black Horde
Of Fears and Sorrows that infest the Soul
Scatters before him with his whirlwind Sword.
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1st edition 1859, 2nd edition 1868)
49) Verse 60 of Dogen (1200-1253):
A firefly's
soft glimmer,
As the mountain ridge
Faintly appear under the
Dim glow of the moon.

(translated by Steven Heine,
Zen Poetry of Dogen,
Tuttle, Boston, 1997, p. 118)
50) 60th word in Dante's Paradiso is memoria (memory)
perché appressando sé al suo disire,
nostro intelletto si profonda tanto,
che dietro la memoria non può ire.
not speak; for nearing its desired end,
our intellect sinks into an abyss
so deep that memory fails to follow it.
  Paradiso I.7-9 (Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1980)
51) In the 60th line of Paradiso, Dante felt like iron out of the fire after gazing at the sun:
Io nol soffersi molto, né sì poco,
ch'io nol vedessi sfavillar dintorno,
com'ferro che bogliente esce del foco;
I did not bear it long, but not so briefly
as not to see it sparkling round about,
like molten iron emerging from the fire;
  Paradiso I.58-60 (Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1980)
52) "Precious pearl" in Line 60 of the Pearl Poet's The Pearl:
I slode upon a slepyng-slaghte
On that precios perle wythouten spot
Fro spot my spyryt ther sprang in space;
My body on balke ther bod in sweven.
My gost is gon in Godes grace
In aventure ther mervayles meven.
I slid into a deep sleep
on that spotless precious pearl.
From that place my spirit sprang into space
my body stayed there asleep on the mound.
In sleep, through God's grace,
my spirit went to places where marvels occur.
The Pearl (c. 1370-1400), Lines 59-64
(Ed. Malcolm Andrew & Ronald Waldron, 1987, p. 57)
(Other Pearl translations: by Bill Stanton, by Vernon Eller)
53) Time & Death in 60th Sonnet of William Shakespeare:
Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crowned,
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
And yet to times in hope, my verse shall stand
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Sonnets LX, Commentary
54) 60th Poem of Emily Dickinson:
Like her the Saints retire,
In their Chapeaux of fire,
Martial as she!

Like her the Evenings steal
Purple and Cochineal
After the Day!

"Departed"— both— they say!
i.e. gathered away,
Not found,

Argues the Aster still—
Reasons the Daffodil

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by Thomas H. Johnson, 1955)
55) 60th New Poem of Emily Dickinson:
Landscapes reverence the Frost,
though it's gripe be past.

Emily Dickinson (Letter 351)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by William H. Shurr, University of North Carolin Press, 1993)
56) Line 60 of Walt Whitman's Passage to India (1871):
I see the clear waters of Lake Tahoe— I see forests of majestic pines,
Or, crossing the great desert, the alkaline plains, I behold enchanting
    mirages of waters and meadows;
Marking through these, and after all, in duplicate slender lines,
Bridging the three or four thousand miles of land travel,
Tying the Eastern to the Western sea,
The road between Europe and Asia.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Passage to India Section 5, Lines 60-67
A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems, Vol. III, Poems, 1870-1891
(Edited by Sculley Bradley, Harold W. Blodgett, Arthur Golden, William White
New York University Press, 1980, p. 568)
60th Verse in Tagore's Gitanjali:

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.

They build their houses with sand and they play with empty shells. With withered leaves they weave their boats and smilingly float them on the vast deep. Children have their play on the seashore of worlds.

They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets.
Pearl fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in their ships,
while children gather pebbles and scatter them again. They seek
not for hidden treasures, they know not how to cast nets.

The sea surges up with laughter and pale gleams the smile of the sea beach.
Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children, even like
a mother while rocking her baby's cradle. The sea plays with children,
and pale gleams the smile of the sea beach.

On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. Tempest roams in the patess sky,
ships get wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play.
On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), Verse 60

58) 60th Page lines in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, (2 samples):
so long as Sankya Moondy played his mango tricks under the (60.19)
mysttetry, with shady apsaras sheltering in his leaves' licence and (60.20)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Finnegans Wake, (1939)
59) Poem 60 in e.e. cummings' Xaipe (1950)
(nothing whichful about

thick big this
himself of
a boulder)nothing

mean in tenderly

of sizeless a
silence by noises
called people called


(elsewhere flat the mechanical
sickness of mind sprawls)

a livingly free mysterious

dreamsoul floatstands
oak by birch by maple
by hemlock spruce by


nothing pampered puny
and nothing

)everywhere wonder

e. e. cummings
Poem 60, Xaipe
Liveright, NY, 1979, p. 60
60) Sonnet 60 in Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
Those who wanted to wound me wounded you,
and the dose of secret poison meant for me
like a net passes through my work— but leaves
its smear of rust and sleeplessness on you.

I don't want the hate that sabotaged me, Love,
to shadow your forehead's flowering moon;
I don't want some stupid random rancor
to drop its crown of knives onto your dream.

Bitter footsteps follow me;
a hideous grimace mocks my smile; envy spits
a curse, guffaws, gnashes its teeth where I sing.

And that, Love, is the shadow life has given me:
an empty suit of clothes that chases me,
limping, like a scarecrow with a bloody grin.

Pablo Neruda
Love Sonnet LX, Cien Sonetos de Amor [100 Love Sonnets]
Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires, 1960 (trans. Stephen Tapscott, 1986, p. 129)
Verse 60 in Jack Kerouac's Sutra,
Scripture of the Golden Eternity (1960):

Up in heaven you wont remember all these tricks of yours. You wont even sigh "Why?" Whether as atomic dust or as great cities, what's the difference in all this stuff. A tree is still only a rootdrinker. The puma's twisted face continues to look at the blue sky with sightless eyes, Ah sweet divine and indescribable verdurous paradise planted in mid-air! Caitanya, it's only consciousness. Not with thoughts of your mind, but in the believing sweetness of your heart, you snap the link and open the golden door and disappear into the bright room, the everlasting ecstasy, eternal Now. Soldier, follow me!— there never was a war. Arjuna, dont fight!— why fight over nothing? Bless and sit down.
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Totem/Corinth Book, NY, 1970
62) Numerology: words whose letters add up to 60:

LIFE SPIRIT: (3 + 9 + 6 + 5) + (2 + 9 + 5 + 1 + 2 + 8) = 23 + 37 = 60

MATTER SPIRIT: (4 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 5 + 9) + (2 + 9 + 5 + 1 + 2 + 8) = 23 + 37 = 60

CHRIST BEING: (3 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 1 + 2) + (2 + 5 + 9 + 5 + 7) = 32 + 28 = 60

COMPLETE PEARL: (3 + 6 + 4 + 7 + 3 + 5 + 2 + 5) + (7 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 3) = 35 + 25 = 60

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