longing for God in Spiritual Discussions Posted July 26, 2006 · Report reply then why chant maha-mantra if nothing happens, and if one need initiation for the maha-mantra, one cannot then chant without initiation this mantra because nothing happens, this is then a paradox..? connectin? please explain if u whant It's not that nothing happens. You do make some progress. You do not, however, have a living example of someone who truly has great love for the holy names, who is deeply nourished by the chanting, and who wishes that you would attain the same; if this were there (and if you wished it yourself), you would feel great tangible results from your chanting.