Per Bastemhet

Purification 6

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Pair of Lions, coming from Heaven, I do not distort speech (khebet).

Rev. Siuda clarifies the symbolism behind the Pair of Lions:

Purification Six invokes the blessing of the "Pair of Lions of Heaven," Who are Shu and Tefnut in Their Names of "Yesterday" and "Today. Their symbol, a pair of lions seated with Their backs to each other, echoes the hieroglyph for "horizon" (a pair of hills matching the rims of the Nile Valley). Each lion oversees one part of Ra’s journey: either the rise into a new day ("today") or the set into the end of a day ("yesterday"). Being the movement of time rather than gods of any city or state, a purification dedicated to Yesterday and Today under heaven is very powerful.

A further clarification of the word distort is to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to, or to misrepresent.  These are some of the ways that lies manifest.  One can lie by not only saying untrue things, but also by implying a different meaning to what you say than what another person understands.  I think this is not only an admonition to not lie, but also to be careful with one’s speech that it ring true in its simplicity, rather than be elusive with speech or make outright falsehoods. 

We come to know each other through words.  Let us not mask ourselves, but rather be true to one another.  With this purification I will not distort my speech, and will deliver the necessary words in their time.

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Written by Bastemhet

August 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

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  1. ‎”A further clarification of the word distort is to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to, or to misrepresent. These are some of the ways that lies manifest. One can lie by not only saying untrue things, but also by implying a different meaning to what you say than what another person understands.”

    in the past i have found my self in a position were to accurately impress the truth upon someone i needed to say something to them that is an exaggeration, or that was not objectively true. usually when trying to make someone with no common point of reference understand what i am feeling.
    in essence, accurately representing something BY distorting or perverting it.

    were would that fall in this interpretation do you think?

    it is those fine hairs that always bug me in the ethics of honesty.

    i often solve them on a case by case basis , trying to use practical wisdom to pick the right action in that given situation.
    but it helps to understand how other methodologies, faiths and creeds tackle these dilemmas.

    starbuckns

    August 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • Hey starbuckns, thanks for asking!

      I think it depends on how you present them. If you were to say or imply that you were making an illustrative case, and were exaggerating to make a point, then I think that would be OK. However if you exaggerated yet made the person think that what you were saying was indeed true as it was, that would be inflating your case in order to make it appear more valid to the person when it isn’t truly so. I understand the urge to do this in order to garner agreement (and sometimes have done it myself) but if it creates an unreal reality for the other person, it would be doing them a disservice. However the kind of people who cannot accept anything as true unless you exaggerate and do not allow for normalcy are the kind of people who will be frequently lost in life because the truth is not what they want to hear. In that case it’s not your fault if you offer something they do not want because it is what’s to be had. It’s their decision to reject reality, not yours.

      Bastemhet

      August 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm


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