The living entities are not actually meant to be under the control of the modes but when they reject Krishna then they become affected by the three modes of material nature and as a result of that they identify themselves with the material nature.
We need to have power of discrimination to understand what are the qualities that we should really look up to and adore.
I feel very happy when people come up to me and tell me that all devotees are so nice and devotees take so much of care. This attracts people to temple.
The symptom of a Vaishnava is trinad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna, that's the perfect definition of a Vaishnava. Another consideration is that a Vaishnava is a surrendered soul to Krishna.
To do the right thing, one must be determined.
Krishna Consciousness means being conscious of Krishna's mercy at every single moment.
To discriminate what is wrong and to be determined to do what is right is called determination.
Temple atmosphere should be a pure Vaishnava atmosphere. Our attitude should be how can I serve you? What can I do for you? And you will see how people will respond.
Study of scriptures will not give us love of God, only mercy can but yes, study of scriptures teaches us how to get that mercy.
There may be many excellent techniques to concentrate better while chanting the Lord’s holy names, all of which are very, very good. However God is not pleased just by concentration. He is pleased by devotion. That means the character of our life.