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Hare Krsna respected devotee's,
If somebody, say I, is just doing his prescribed duties like Chanting 16 rounds, Daily Hearing, Reading Scriptures, Serving Tulsi Maharani, reciting Bhavad Gita, Doing Kirtan SERIOUSLY, following Ekadashi; without having a Diksha Guru or on the guidance of Siksha Guru. Then what will be the destiny of such devotee? Will he come back to this world because of formally NOT INITIATED?
I request Devotees to share their realizations and experiences based on their Hearing...regarding the same discussed above..
The question is like asking - If someone wants to go from Mumbai to New york, is it compulsory for them to board an airplane ?
Technically it is not
But this question may or may not the most pertinent question.
A better question would be which is the safest, easiest and quickest way to go back home back to godhead.
The answer to this is by surrendering to a pure devotee of Sri Krsna
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth. (Bg 4.34)
Instead of asking if initiation is compulsory or not, a person could ask how will initiation help us in going back home back to godhead. Here is the answer.
nṛ-deham ādyaṁ su-labhaṁ su-durlabhaṁ
plavaṁ su-kalpaṁ guru-karṇadhāram
pumān bhavābdhiṁ na taret sa ātma-hā
The human body, which can award all benefit in life, is automatically obtained by the laws of nature, although it is a very rare achievement. This human body can be compared to a perfectly constructed boat having the spiritual master as the captain and the instructions of the Personality of Godhead as favorable winds impelling it on its course. Considering all these advantages, a human being who does not utilize his human life to cross the ocean of material existence must be considered the killer of his own soul. SB 11.20.37)
There are many aspects that are helpful in taking a living entity back to godhead. We need not think whether each of them is compulsory. They are all helpful. Guru is most helpful. Without directions from an able captain, any boat can sink in the vast ocean.
Here is one video about this topic by His Holiness Indradyumna Swami. I hope it finds you well.