All the prophets, all the great ones have sought solitude.
Christ was in solitude for a long time in the caves of the
mountains. Moses was in solitude on Mount Sinai. Buddha
had to have solitude for a long, long time before he could
give his message to the world. The Prophet Muhammad was
for a long time in solitude on Mount Hira. Why this solitude?
You may see by the experience of your own life what solitude
does. If you try to go out all day to talk with acquaintances
and friends, you will find that each day so much is gone
from your speech; first because of your exaggeration,
for if you speak you begin to exaggerate. Then, if you speak to
amuse people, you may say what is not true: you add to what
you are saying. Then out of politeness you embellish what
you say: you say what you do not mean.
To everyone the wish comes to go home, to be with one
or two people whom one likes, or to be alone. When you
are silent thoughts are less, feelings are less, and the
mind has a rest. When people come – people whom you like
or undesirable people – the impression of their words
and actions fall upon
you and your peace of mind is broken.
A part of your time should be given to solitude. The
more you cultivate solitude, the more you will like it,
but when very much time is spent in solitude, people become
unbalanced. The majzubs in India are very great people;
often they are Nabi or Qutb. They attain a
very high degree of spirituality. They have control over
the elements, but part of their power, as the world demands
it of them, is lost to the external world. I think that
it is most desirable to be well balanced: to spend so much
time with others, and so much time in solitude.