Scripture: The Bhagavad Gita 13.24

Some realize the self within them through the practice of meditation,
some by the path of wisdom, and others by selfless service.
Others may not know these paths; but hearing and following
the instructions of an illumined teacher, they too go beyond death.

Whatever path you take to achieve spiritual awakening, some path must be followed or you will not achieve that goal and you will not achieve true immortality.  Expecting to reach heaven without following a spiritual path is like expecting to win a lottery without buying a ticket. 
Even if you are following one of the other paths, the aid of a spiritual teacher can help you in determining what progress you have made and what you need to work on.

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