When we are inquiring, we must find out if the mind can be free from the demand for experience and can completely end all seeking. One has to investigate without any motive, purpose or the facts of time and to investigate whether there is a timeless state or not. To inquire into that means to have no belief whatsoever; not to be committed to any religion, or spiritual organisations, not to follow any guru, and therefore to have no authority whatsoever. Because we are very easily influenced, we are terribly gullible, we are always eager and wanting for a method to follow. The process of conforming to any authority is not self-inquiry. For most of us vanity is one of the major impediments. Because we think we know, because we have read a great deal, because we have committed ourselves, have practiced this or that system, followed some guru peddling his philosophy, we think we know, at least a little bit, and that is the beginning of vanity. Our minds must be free to be able to inquire. We must be free from our conditioning, of hinduism, of buddhism, of christianity, of islam etc., along-with all the propaganda of thousands of years , so that the mind is really free to observe. That is very difficult because we are afraid to be alone, to stand alone. We want security both inwardly and outwardly; therefore we depend on people, whether it is the priest or the leader or the guru who says “ I have experienced , that is why I know”. To inquire one has to stand completely alone, not isolated. Isolation is a state of mind in which the relationship ceases, when in our daily life and activity we have actually built a wall around ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, so as not to be hurt. That isolation prevents every form of relationship. Aloneness implies a mind that does not depend on another entity psychologically and is not attached to any person or method. Aloneness implies a mind that is deeply, inwardly without any sense of fear of any sort and therefore without any sense of conflict.