07 Even if one cannot read or understand the scriptures, he can attain perfection through chanting
Even if one is illiterate (and thus cannot read Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam) he can still perfect his life simply by chanting the maha mantra:
A realized student of Krsna consciousness can very easily say what his next life is, what God is, what the living entity is and what his relationship with God is. His knowledge is perfect because it is coming from perfect books of knowledge such as Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
This, then, is the process of Krsna consciousness. It is very easy, and anyone can adopt it and make his life perfect. If someone says, "I'm not educated at all, and I cannot read books," he is still not disqualified. He can still perfect his life by simply chanting the maha mantra:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Krsna has given us a tongue and two ears, and we may be surprised to know that Krsna is realized through the ears and tongue, not through the eyes.
– Krsna Consciousness: The Matchless Gift
Even an illiterate or unintelligent person can be liberated by chanting the holy name:
In the Hare Kssna movement, the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha mantra, the dancing in ecstasy and the eating of the remnants of food offered to the Lord are very, very important. One may be illiterate or incapable of understanding the philosophy, but if he partakes of these three items, he will certainly be liberated without delay.
– Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 15.237