He is perfectly entitled to clear his own pathway to the Spirit for himself, and without the help of any contemporary, any neighbour, or any leader who lived in the past centuries. But will this independence and this isolation be a gain or a loss? The answer must always be an individual one: it cannot always be one or the other alone. It depends on what sort of a man he is, what sort of teaching and what sort of teacher he has access to.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 266