I have been to India twice, and both quests proved very meaningful in the spiritual sense. When I read that book, in my teens, I knew I had to go there, and see if I could connect with spiritual mysteries myself. India delivered, but I had to wait, as I didn't get there the first time until I was 33. How cool it would be, to spend one night in Babaji's cave. If I'm ever near there I will certainly go.
You and Naveen have given me much to think about, and I would say such things boil down to being in your case, and doing in Naveen's, as both apply to greater spiritual awareness.
It was funny that you mentioned Tai Chi over on that other thread, as I've been doing my own version of this since I was in my early 20s. It seems to be serving me very well physically, as I migrate through middle age. But I had always liked the way that it helped me with the centeredness.
As I alluded to in our earlier chat, my cave-like sense of isolation was thrust upon me during that time when I stayed alone in a house over Christmas vacay - alone in a house that accommodated about 30 people. Being so young, I had no idea what was just around the corner. Probably went nearly out of my mind by the third day, when their were over two weeks to go before the earliest students came back. If I ever get the chance I will try a similar thing again. I would want to do things the way that Anglican priest did: somebody dropping off food (and checking in with me) every few days, somebody nearby 24/7 but otherwise out of the picture...
Thanks for the reminder on this, Malcolm. It's nice to be reminded of the importance of spiritual stillness as I discuss with Naveen some of the lessons I have learned about spiritual movement.