Can you please explain the importance of attending mangala-arati?

QUESTION Can you please explain the importance of attending mangala-arati? REPLY Spiritually potent time. The period of roughly 1.5-2 hours before sunrise is considered to be of great spiritual significance due to the major prevalence of the mode of goodness during this period and is therefore called brahma-muhurta. Any spiritual activity performed during this time yields…

How am I Cause of the Conflict?

QUESTION I have heard from experts that in order to resolve a relationship conflict, the first step is to view myself as the cause of the conflict. But why should I? It is a huge difficulty for the ego to admit this. Also the fear is that my admission of mistake will make the other person…

Effective Association

Question Satsanga (association of devotees) is necessary as it improves devotion but what if you are surrounded by non-devotees everywhere around you – in your family, in your office etc. Some professions viz. lawyers, jail staff etc. make it natural for a person to have non-devotees around. How will a person in such an atmosphere…

Handling Improper Behavior

QUESTION Sometimes I see devotees behaving improperly. It really disturbs me. How should we react in such a situation? REPLY What is the lesson for me? Every devotee is a teacher. Some teachers teach us how to be. Some teachers teach us how not to be. Whatever situations are sanctioned by Lord Krishna in the…

Scold or Pardon?

QUESTION Many times in life, we face different situations. Sometimes we may scold at people, which actually solves many future problems. Sometimes we feel like forgiving them. Sometimes one method works & sometimes it fails. What is an ideal approach – should we control ourselves in such situations or argue? REPLY Genuine concern It is…