Tao Te Ching VI, “The spirit of the valley”

What is a valley? A river runs through it, a river which finds the smoothest and speediest way. It was preceded by glaciers or lava flows. The valley is good land for dwelling and cultivating.

The mysterious female… The gateway of the mysterious female is called the root of heaven and earth.

The ‘mysterious female’ is the way, and she is the root of heaven and earth; and the way is a valley, fertile. The way is fertile. Between heaven and earth stands man; man’s way is through the valley; man comes from woman.

The way is the mysterious female. Dwell with the feminine; the feminine is the root.

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