Being enchanted by Kṛṣṇa-prema, none of the Vrajavāsīs wanted anything for themselves. They only wanted Śrī Kṛṣṇa to be happy and His life to be auspicious. They wanted that whatever problem came to Him should not reach Him, but rather should come upon their own heads.
What is the meaning of maṅgala-āratī? To offer ārati means to say, “May all problems, difficulties and whatever inconveniences you feel be gone. I will take all these problems upon my own head.” This is the mood of the Vrajavāsīs. Whatever is dear in this world should be for Kṛṣṇa’s happiness—mother, father, friends, brothers, wealth, animals, home, land, and so on. The Vrajavāsīs can leave everything simply for the happiness of Kṛṣṇa.
August 26, 2003 Vṛndāvana