You must sit alone – it is very important. The company of the divine is available only to those who do not seek company. If you have something to share, that’s different but if you are seeking company, the divine thinks “Okay, he’s seeking somebody else’s company. Why am I needed?”
I realized this very early – unless you sit alone, you know nothing. In company, you can hide so many things. When you sit alone, you have to stand the test of your own intelligence, which is severe. You cannot get away from that. It is better you are put under the severest possible knife at the earliest possible time in your life. Otherwise, you will grow up into an old fool. It is all right to be a young fool, but you should not be an old fool. A young fool is tolerable, but there is no excuse for an old fool.