Hypocrisy - an essential subject
Hypocrisy is a sinful activity. If one is pure from the very beginning, there will be no chance of becoming a hypocrite. He will be very clear and open in all his dealings. As soon as there is sin, there will be hypocrisy. The inside and outside of a spiritual person must be the same. Weakness in character is hypocrisy. If one is weak, one should not take on a spiritual post like that of a priest. It is also hypocrisy to doubt the words of the spiritual master after having taken shelter of him. One must first of all be convinced. Therefore it is the duty of the spiritual master and the disciple to associate before they accept each other.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Hypocrisy category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 14 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|It would be better to be an atheist by slighting both brothers than a hypocrite by believing in one and slighting the other. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Anyta-līlā 5.177)|
|A disciple should never be a hypocrite or be unfaithful to his spiritual master. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.7.15)|
|Many svāmīs have adopted this hypocritical means of preaching for the last eighty years or more, but no one could preach the real cult of Kṛṣṇa consciousness all over the world. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 12.12 )|
|A devotee is free from all material bondage, but he engages in Kṛṣṇa conscious activities. Such expert devotional service is performed without hypocrisy. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Anyta-līlā 1.202)|
|"In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way." (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 6.242)|
|Lord Kapila continued: This instruction is not meant for the envious, for the agnostics or for persons who are unclean in their behavior. Nor is it for hypocrites or for persons who are proud of material possessions. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.32.39)|
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