Jayapataka Swami: You see, since the devotees in Māyāpur were in lockdown at that time, and since maṅgala-ārati and announcements were going on from 4.30 am to almost 5.30 am, since I thought that people may like to witness the maṅgala-ārati and hear the announcements, so I said chant at 5.30 am. Similarly, 12 to 12.30 pm they offer the arati, so we said have kīrtana at 12.30 pm. Similarly, since my class and the ārati goes on, till about 7.15 pm, so we gave that time as the kīrtana time. In Māyāpur, the devotees, they are addicted to kīrtana. So, since we wanted devotees to observe social distancing, so we said they could chant from their windows or balconies. And since Śrīla Prabhupāda said we should chant at the trisandhyas, so like that I recommended those times. Now if you have no problem, you can chant in Moscow. I don’t know whether the neighbors will object. In Māyāpur, they don’t object. You can chant kīrtana here, you can wear tilaka, no problem But in China or Russia or in other places, I don’t know whether you can chant in the same way. If you can, maybe people will be blessed to hear the holy name! So, you have to see according to time, place and circumstance.
15-July-2020 SRI DHAM MAYAPUR, INDIA

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