“Tao Teh Ching: Chapter 6” by Lao Tzu


The Spirit of the Fountain dies not.
It is called the Mysterious Feminine.
The Doorway of the Mysterious Feminine
Is called the Root of Heaven-and-Earth.

Lingering like gossamer, it has only a hint of existence;
And yet when you draw upon it, it is inexhaustible.

I love this chapter. It is so compact, yet so rich in meaning.

Here, Lao Tzu describes the Divine Feminine as the “Spirit of the Fountain.” Essentially, he is acknowledging the Divine Feminine as the source of all being. And the pathway to discovering the Divine Feminine is through unification of the physical and the spiritual aspects of the self, symbolized by the “Root of Heaven-and-Earth.”

The last two lines offer an impression of what it is like to perceive and connect with the Feminine. It is subtle, fluid, loving, and gentle. One gets the impression of being surrounded by diaphanous warmth and comfort that is at once ineffable and universal.


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4 responses to ““Tao Teh Ching: Chapter 6” by Lao Tzu

  1. Delicious. I admit a complete fondness for the Tao Teh Ching’s use of water, fountain, and valley metaphors … like this one.

    • Hiya Jamie! I agree–such wonderful metaphors. I have to say I am getting so much more out of reading TTC this time. My insights into the meaning are much deeper than when I read it 10 years ago.

  2. Again, so beautifully done!