Various Saints and evolved devotees have composed devotional Āratīs (Hindu devotional hymns in praise of the God) from approximately the twelfth century onwards. They are thereby making available a beautiful and easy medium to light the lamp of devotion in the hearts of worshippers and enable them to invoke and imbibe the grace and blessings of a Deity by offering Āratī pujā (Āratī or Harathi). Singing an Āratī conceived with the resolve of Saints accomplishes these objectives, but only when it is sung from the heart and as per the science of Spirituality.
An act is done with the heart only when its importance is genuinely understood. Explaining the science or principles in such things helps in early imprinting of its importance on the mind. With this objective, the science of Spirituality explains the various acts to be performed while offering Āratī. In worship it is very important to perform each act as per the science of Spirituality. Many are not aware of various facts; for example, while offering Āratī to God, one can move the platter in a clock-wise circle from the Anāhat chakra (at the heart area) to the Ādnyā chakra (mid-brow region) of the Deity or that one must perform circumambulation after Āratī . If these facts are not known they will not be performed or will be performed incorrectly. In this special issue on Āratī (Āratī or Harathi), one will understand how to perform all the actions pertaining to Āratī (Āratī pujā) as per the science of Spirituality. If every one tries to perform the Āratī pujā (Āratī /Harathi) with intense yearning and as per the science of Spirituality, then it will lead to an increase in collective spiritual emotion which will further activate the Deity's principle and everyone will benefit from it. Similarly, the atmosphere will get purified and become Sattva predominant.
We pray at the Holy feet of the Guru that may everyone understand and perform Āratī in accordance with the science and experience an increased awakening of their spiritual emotion. – Editor
(Ref: Sanatan's Publication - 'How to Offer an Āratī ')