Prabhupāda: Helping yourself means you put yourself under Kṛṣṇa; that is helping yourself. (laughter) And if you think, "Oh I can protect myself," then you are not helping yourself. Just like this finger, so long it is healthy, working, if there is some trouble, I can spend thousands of dollars for this. But if this finger is cut off from my body, if you trample down with your feet this finger, I don't care for it. Similarly, to help oneself means to put oneself in the proper position, as part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. That is real helping. Otherwise how you can help?
The finger can help itself by putting itself in the proper position of the hand and work for the whole body. That is proper position. If the finger thinks that, "I shall remain separated from this body and help myself," it will die. So, as soon as you think that, "I shall live independently without caring for Kṛṣṇa," that is my death. And, as soon as I engage myself as part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, that is my life.
So, helping oneself means to know one's position and work in that way. That is helping. Without knowing what is his position, how one can help oneself? It is not possible.