Spiritual independence does not mean doing everything by ourselves or separating ourselves from others. The more fully we experience our spiritual consciousness, the more we see how deeply connected we are with each other.
Until we realize such deeper truths, it is important to benefit from spiritual company (sangha in sanskrit) that can uplift and inspire us. We all need support as we experience the ups and downs of the spiritual path. Sharing the lessons we are learning can open our hearts to each other and open our minds to new insights.
All spiritual seekers are encouraged to both practice cultivating their own will power and self-discipline, and to spend time in the company of others that provide needed inspiration and support.