mì (密) and mì (秘)

these characters have very similar meaning, and are used together as a compound to mean “secret, confidential,” though they are used separately in parallel construction in Sùwèn 3.10. The imagery of 密 evokes a common expression among tàijíquán (太拳) (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) practitioners: to be still (宓) as a mountain (山); this expression exhorts practitioners to settle their yáng — to be “sealed within;” the other mì (秘) conveys the connotation of something that is mysterious, even occult; I’ve rendered it as “hidden” in this line.

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