Although we engage in hearing Harikatha, we may not feel we are improving spiritually, or decreasing our material attachment. Rather, we may find that our material attachment is increasing and we are becoming more disturbing to others than even an ordinary person! If this is the case, then we should try to discover our mistakes.
This problem may be from both sides—the speaker or the listener. If the speaker has unwanted material desires, then the listener will be similarly infected, but if the speaker is free from material desires, then the listener will get spiritual benefit. The listener also has to be sincere in his motive for hearing.
– Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaj