Since the popular series, Game of Thrones (GoT) has recently concluded it’s sixth season, this is the time that Ibinge through the whole season. Of the multiple storylines, one of the more popular ones is that of Arya Stark, who appears to be apprenticing as an assassin of sorts.
Her training appears to be a rather intense, full time discipline of psychological drilling and physical adversity, in the process she has had her sight taken away from her, she’s starved, participated in embalming of the dead, and so on.
One of the more interesting excercises is where she seems to appear to be getting disciplined in the art of deception and lying. However, as of episode 4 of season 6 (as shown in the video below), it appears to be more that she is being instructed on how to be more truthful; a very important aspect of ninjutsu.
While watching the scenes, we see young Arya Stark get beaten every time that she is caught lying. Naturally it would make sense to simply become a better lier. However, we get a bit of a glimpse into the nature of this excercise, in regards to the partialness of her response regarding “The Hound”. From this perspective of this excercise, it seems strikingly similar to what is written in the Bansenshukai, in the Chapter on Seishin (Crrect mind):
Fidelity means having only truth but nothing false or wrong in the mind. If you pretend to be true-hearted but are wrong or have half-truths deep in your heart, it is not fidelity. Fidelity is a principle of earth, in terms of the Chinese doctrine of the Five Elements. As every season has a doyo period (The phase between seasons), benevolence, righteousness or loyalty should have fidelity within them. Without fidelity inside, then these elements will not be as they should be.
In this light, the other three elements of Benevolence, Righteusness, and Loyalty in the same source seems to become notably more relate to when considering Arya Starks story line…
Reemmber, if you are unable to be completely true and transparent with yourself, you cannot respectfully deceive your enemy – the ego.