Live what you preach. Have 100 percent honesty or keep your mouths shut! The best judge as to whether you are honest and living up to what you preach is your own heart.
Narrating an incident long ago from the life of Prophet Muhammad, illustrating how one should live up to what one preaches to others, Baba said:
Muhammad was very fond of eating dates. One day a mother brought her son to him, complaining that the boy ate a lot of dates every day and so suffered from dysentery. The boy refused to obey his parents, and told them that he would not eat dates only if Muhammad told him not to do so. Muhammad could not tell the boy not to eat dates, when he himself was very fond of them and ate a lot of them. He told the mother and son to come back after a few days. Meanwhile, Muhammad stopped eating dates and when the mother came with the boy, he told the boy not to eat dates. The boy obeyed at once.
If you tell others not to tell lies, then even at the cost of your life, you should not tell a lie; otherwise, it would amount to hypocrisy. My workers should be 100 percent honest and do my work with all hearts united. Both the parties must give in; only then will there be no trouble in Baba-work.
May, 1963; Guruprasad