Initiation: Significance of Initiation

                                                                  Q. Let us assume hypothetically that someone accepts the Bhagavad Gita of Srila Prabhupada, and decides to follow and accept that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then he realizes his inability to choose a guru who is a pure devotee. If he then resorts to simply following Prabhupada, but accepting that he is not a diksha disciple of Prabhupada but a siksha disciple, can he go back to Godhead by following the instructions of Prabhupada and chanting?

                                                                  Q. I thought that Sampradaya applies only to those initiated in disciplic succession (according to BG AS IT IS). For eg. I am not initiated in the ISKCON sampradaya at present. But I don't think that it would be right if I claim to be part of the sampradaya. My question arises due to the fact that even though Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura is not the initiating guru of Gaura Kishora dasa babaji maharaja but still he appears in our sampradaya.

                                                                  Q. It is said that ours is Siksa line of disciplic succession. Is it necessary to take formal diksha from the spiritual master before one attains Krsna Prema or is siksa from spiritual master enough to carry us to the point of attaining Krsna Prema? If not, what is the importance of taking diksa in the whole process of pure devotional process?

                                                                  I discussed this point with one of my learned godbrothers, who expressed the following:

                                                                  "Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura insisted on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura taking diksa from Srila Gaurakisora das Babaji, and the latter gave it. Then Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, as far as I know, made it a standard part of our program.

                                                                  Q: Is it possible to go back to the spiritual world just chanting the Mahamantra without accepting diksa from a spiritual master?