It is very hard to chant even the holy name without committing an offence. Chanting the holy name is the easiest process; at the same time because people are so fallen in the Kali-yuga, they can hardly chant without committing offences. Therefore, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He has so kindly come because by His mercy a person can chant the holy name without committing any offence, or by chanting the Lord’s name
Before chanting Hare Krishna and the Lord, He is so kind that He does not… He reduces the effect of offences, making it possible for people in the Kali-yuga to chant the holy name in an offenceless way by His mercy. Therefore, practically speaking although this chanting was recommended throughout the ages, it’s not possible for people to chant in this age Hare Krishna without the mercy of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Even if they chant it may take them thousands of births to reach Krishna if they go on committing offences.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
28 Oct, 1982 SB class @ Thailand