As I have come to understand it, purposely misrepresenting the truth (as Osensei saw it - as one of Japan's premiere martial artists), would jar severely with his spiritual training -- which he connected to his physical training. He was human, but one with a pattern for having no disparity between thought and deed.
Well, I have him on tape purposely misrepresenting the truth. And that's just the clearest instance. Plenty of people with spiritual training misrepresent things.
As for the rest, well, I've been to Iwama many times - I've also spoken to most of the principle post war figures at one time or another.
My reply to David - well, I didn't think it was frosty at all.
How many Sensei would do something like that for a student, especially a gaijin?
I think that's the wrong way to look at instructors, that's all.