Question: Is "Chant and Be Happy" a Contradiction
ISKCON has a book called "Chant and Be Happy". And Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 2.38, "There is no consideration of happiness or distress, profit or gain, victory or defeat in the activities of Krishna consciousness." Isn't this a contradiction?
Answer: It Defeats the Competition
The Bhagavad-gita purport is referring to material happiness and distress. Krishna consciousness is completely transcendental to these dualities. It exists eternally on the plane of transcendental bliss. In other words in all conditions of material happiness and distress the devotee continues faithfully engaging in devotional service and thus he experiences ever-increasing transcendental bliss. So there is no contradiction. Transcendental happiness defeats the competition.