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Should we clap during an Arati?

Singing the Āratī should be accompanied by clapping. For seekers in the primary stage clapping should be done softly to maintain a rhythm. For those in the advanced stage, instead of clapping, one should attempt to look inward and become introverted. When singing the Arati, in addition to the clapping, musical instruments should be played.

It is incorrect to clap on occasions other than during the singing of Aratis, as it brings about a stance that does not enhance the purity element within. Nowadays people clap during a discourse of Saints, at spiritual meetings or at religious functions; this is prevalent, but incorrect. Bliss should never be expressed by clapping. Click here to read more.

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