Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.12-13 - Attracting The All Attractive (download mp3)
by Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
Various objects such as grains, wooden utensils, things made of bone, thread, liquids, objects derived from fire, skins and earthy objects are all purified by time, by the wind, by fire, by earth and by water, either separately or in combination.
The word kala, or “time,” is mentioned here, since all purificatory processes take place within time.
amedhya-liptam yad yena
bhajate prakrtim tasya
tac chaucam tavad isyate
A particular purifying agent is considered appropriate when its application removes the bad odor or dirty covering of some contaminated object and makes it resume its original nature.
Furniture, kitchen utensils, clothing and other objects are purified by application of abrasion, alkali, acid, water and so on. One thereby removes the bad fragrance or impure coating of such objects, restoring them to their original clean appearance.