Q. It is said that when one chants he should do so helplessly to derive complete benefit from it. What exactly is meant by chanting helplessly?
A. The chanting of the holy name is not, a mechanical process depending merely upon contemplative prowess. It is a devotional art, a form of prayer, and thus one must chant with reverence and devotion. The Hare Krishna mahamantra is a prayer for protection and deliverance, a prayer to the Lord for His divine presence and for the opportunity to serve Him. Chanting is compared to the helpless cry of a child for its mother. My dear Lord Krishna , please rescue me from the ocean of material suffering and again engage me in Your service.