[Śrīla Gurudeva told a story about a monk who would tell everyone that he was doing a full fast from food and water for the entire 24 hours of Ekādaśī. Yet he tried to trick Guru and Kṛṣṇa by taking a bath several times a day, and each time he dunked his head under water, he would quickly gulp as much as possible.]
A Vaiṣṇava should not be like this. Otherwise, he will experience great suffering. It is no harm for Guru, Vaiṣṇavas, Hari, but it will be harmful for those who are like this. Don’t have anything in your heart to hide from Kṛṣṇa, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas. Surely your heart should be an open book. Anyone can see it. No duplicity, diplomacy, hypocrisy, politics—everything will be open. Internal and external should be the same. Your words and behavior should be the same.
I am requesting the devotees to be like this. It may be that some weakness will be there—no harm. It may be that some anarthas will be there—no harm. If they are sincere, very quickly it will go. So, we should be very careful about this.
August 03, 2000 Russia