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Can anyone please tell me when do the brahma muhurta starts i am very confused.
In the morning at what time should we get up exactly so that we can start chanting early and start our day.
What is the other importance of brahma muhurta?
Brahma muhurta starts 1.5hrs before sunrise. It is very beneficial if you can perform your chanting at that time. It is said during Brahma muhurtha the demigods are moving around in the sky and spreading auspiciousness everywhere.
FYI, during the dusk, Lord shiva goes around the sky with all the ghosts and hobgoblins.. that is why it is not good to start anything at this time.
Hare Krishna dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances! all glories to Srila Prabhupada!
as like we keep money to our bank account by performing particular deeds we put results - money to our life account.
And it says that early morning times are when the mode of goodness is predominant.
Day time the mode of passion. and similarly at night times predominant is the mode of ignorance.
Because of that Devotees use mornings for spiritual practice and earn money-results and they will be put into the account.
And they do practical service in the day time. and at night they sleep - take rest.
in the end it will be counted how much goodness, passion, or ignorance we have. then accordingly we will get the body or if the money-results were spiritual then we will be given spiritual body.
Each day is divided into some muhurtas each of them 48 minutes (if i do not mistake). There is Hari Muhurta, Brahma...
Each Muruhta is controlled by some particular personalities.
Brahma Muhurta starts before Sunrise as Devotees mentioned. And the Sunrise differs according to each place and country. In Russia it might be at 8 or 9 AM but in India 6.
If the Sun rises at 6 AM. then we have to start chanting at 4:30. and we have to wake up at 3:30 or 4:00 in order to take bath and get ready for chanting.
The daily sadhana program begins early in the morning. The hours before dawn, beginning one and a half hours before sunrise, is called the brahma-muhurta. This period of the day is a particularly potent time for spiritual activities.
"In the early morning hours (known as brahma-muhurta) one should get up and immediately chant the Hare Krsna mantra, or, at least, "Krsna, Krsna, Krsna." In this way, one should remember Krsna. Some slokas or prayers should also be chanted. By chanting, one immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material qualities."
Caitanya-caritamrta, Madyam lila 24:331
According to Arcana Padati, "Every twenty-four minutes is equal to one danda. Two dandas, or forty-eight minutes, is equal to one muhurta. In the day and the night together, there are a total of thirty muhurtas. In the last portion of the night, the time beginning two muhurtas before the rise of the sun up to the rise of the sun, or one hour and thirty-six minutes before the rise of the sun, is called arunodaya. Of these two muhurtas, the first muhurta is called the brahma-muhurta. This brahma-muhurta is the most auspicious time for devotees seeking after success in spiritual realization."
Srila Prabhupada told his disciples a story about when he had lived in Vrndavana. A Bengali widow walked to the Yamuna River to take her bath every morning. And every morning without fail she would return with a pot of water for the Radha-Damodara pujaris to use in bathing the Deities. Prabhupada said he would sometimes open the gate for the woman, since he also rose very early, and she would enter and wake the pujari. "Although the Vrndavana nights are cold in the winter," Prabhupada said, "the woman never once failed to come with the water. For this activity she will return back to Godhead. One who cannot rise early in the morning is not very serious about spiritual life. One must rise before the brahma-muhurta hour-that is very auspicious. And one will take the trouble to do so if he is serious about spiritual life."
By arising at brahma-muhurta, one can properly attend to personal hygiene, bathing, washing and changing into fresh clothing, etc. This leaves ample time for chanting japa and Gayatri and arriving at the temple in time for Mangala-arati.
Srila Prabhupada instructed a full program for temple worship, comprised of four full aratis (mangala, bhoga, sandhya and sayana), as well as various dhupa (incense) aratis throughout the day as various offerings are made. The following pages provide a detailed description of the activities that take place in the morning program.