A hypocrite knowingly pretends to be what he is not. Hypocrisy is a million-headed cobra. Hypocrisy is the worst thing — in every walk of life it consciously or unconsciously persists. It is no sin if one does not believe in God, but to be a hypocrite is a sin! If you have no faith, it does not matter.
Today there are so-called saints in the world who tell people to be honest and not hypocritical, yet they themselves are deeply involved in dishonesty. If you cannot love God and cannot lead saintly lives, then at least do not make pretence of it. The worst scoundrel is better than a hypocritical saint.
There are seven such hypocrites in the world, three or four of whom the mandali know. They said that Baba had blessed them and they were My successors. Each of them had a large following. They are now no longer posing. Rich, influential people used to go to them to pay their respects. They garlanded them, took them for rides in their car and generally revered them. I put a stop to it and forgave them. Now they no longer pretend.
There should not be even a trace of hypocrisy. Posing is the only sin that God can never forgive. However vile or low a scoundrel may be, if he mixes with others as a scoundrel and admits it openly, he can be forgiven. If he acts and behaves as he really is, there is no posing.
The purpose in My telling you this is that if you love Me there is no reason why you should hide your love from others. But if you do not love Me, then do not pretend and say to others that you love Me. If you feel I am the Avatar, say so to others boldly, but if you do not then don't pose.