Our humble service attitude in our life is what determines what effect chanting will have on our consciousness. Otherwise we can be chanting for millions and millions of births before we actually achieve the goal.
Krishna creates excitement in a devotee's life – just like in sport, one-sided game is not very much appreciated, but if it is competitive, then it creates excitement. Similarly Krishna does this during the protection of his devotees.
What is important is not what happens, but how you respond to it and how you respond depends on your attachments.
Life is full of meaning and opportunities for growth. When we are mindful of the beauty and accomplishments of the past, even when the present or future is not exactly what we would like it to be, we will not be disturbed. We will still be excited about the past and appreciative for the present. In this way, the future will be even more auspicious because we create our futures by how we have dealt with the past and how we are dealing with the present.
A devotee is not afraid of going to hell if he has the opportunity to hear the glories of the Lord constantly. This is the advantage of chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. One may be put in any condition, but God gives him the prerogative to chant Hare Krishna. In any condition of life, if one goes on chanting he will never be unhappy.
Purport on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.49
Life is possible without TVs. It’s possible, and actually it’s much better. I can say, maybe twenty-seven years I haven’t watched TV. Yes, I am still alive. You can touch me; I’m not a ghost.
Lecture on “Simple Life on Farm Communities” (Pula Farm, Croatia, 20 October 2000)