(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 April 2013, Korsnas, Stockholm, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.17.1)
Life is in one sense short and in another sense, long. When life is behind you, it is very short. When life is in front of you, it looks very long. It looks like a long time ahead to maintain something. So in that sense, we cannot underestimate the task ahead of us to maintain standards of purity in spiritual life. Over time, things can change very much and when the circumstances change, suddenly we may become very weak and suddenly the influence of kali may re-emerge within us.
So we must strengthen ourselves, we must like “wear an armour of transcendental knowledge” always. We must always be deeply rooted. It is said śābde pare ca niṣṇātaḿ, brahmaṇy upaśamāśrayam (SB 11.3.21), that just like bathing, you have to keep on doing it. You cannot say, “Oh, I took bath yesterday.” You can say that but it’s not convincing. It’s an on-going process. So, this hearing and this immersing ourselves in Srimad Bhagavatam is our activity, śābde pare ca niṣṇātaḿ, brahmaṇy upaśamāśrayam, to continuously bathe in transcendental sound.