The principle is we shouldn’t do anything that’s not directly a devotional service. You know immediately Bharata Maharaj should have let the deer go its own way He gave up the whole world, the kingdom was going on, now the deer would also have gone on, it required his day to day attendance, it didn’t require. But he didn’t consult with the guru “What should I do in this regard?” So even inadvertently delayed his return back to Godhead by three births. So similarly we should be very careful not to become lackadaisi… or not to become careless thinking that well I have already practices for a long time.
It’s like the proverbial race between the hare and the tortoise.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK