Trying to Find Excuses from the Fa to Defend Oneself is to Deceive Oneself
Since Teacher published the article "Path," some practitioners who have fears or have strong attachments have been trying to quote Teacher's words out of context, in order to cover their attachments.
Teacher said, "Studying the Fa and doing cultivation are a person's own affair. Yet often there are quite a number of students who consistently take other people as their role models--they look at how other people do things and then follow suit." Some practitioners seem to find some grounds to argue with others saying, "See? Doing cultivation is a person's own affair. Don't look at how other people do things. We need to get enlightened to everything by ourselves." Isn't this finding excuse for their not stepping forward or their not doing things well?
Of course, Teacher said there are no role models in cultivation practice. But Teacher also told us, "Study the Fa and obtain the Fa, learning and cultivating under guidance." (From Teacher's poem "Solid Cultivation") My personal understanding is that we need to take the Fa as Teacher all the time. There are no prototypes or role models among practitioners as among ordinary people. However, there are those practitioners that let go of life and death and go all out to validate the Fa and to safeguard the Fa. Shouldn't we learn from them and encourage ourselves to strive forward even harder? But if some practitioners "enlightened" along an evil path, we shouldn't follow them just because they did well before.
The Fa-rectification process has been speeding up. However, some practitioners are still trying to find excuses to defend themselves. They claimed that practitioners shouldn't look at others and practitioners need to get enlightened on everything on their own. "A Dafa disciple who fails to achieve the effect of safeguarding Dafa has no way of reaching Consummation." (From Teacher's article "Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples") I don't think Teacher could explain it any clearer. We can well imagine what would happen if we were still unable to enlighten to it or are unwilling to enlighten to it and fail to be good Falun Dafa practitioners during the Fa-rectification period. Here I'd like to advise those fellow practitioners to wake up now and actively join the Fa-rectification process. We should be worthy of Teacher's benevolence, and for his patience as he has waited for us to catch up for so long.