The Last Test, Consummation and Other Issues
(Clearwisdom.net) I have a different view regarding the issue of "The last test is an examination of cooperation among Dafa practitioners" mentioned in some experience sharing articles, it is because Teacher arranged different paths to consummation based on the different circumstances of each one among us. Certainly, teamwork and collaboration is very important, but how can we accomplish this objective? I feel it is crucial that each practitioner strives diligently in Dafa, and works hard to fulfill the requirement of the Fa in different realms. If each of us can be like this, then the whole body will be the best it can be.
In fact, Teacher has discussed the issue of consummation in his Fa lectures. "As long as you study it, you'll undergo changes. As long as you study it, you'll experience improvements. As long as you cultivate to the end, you will reach Consummation." (Lecture at the US East Coast Conference - New York, March 27-28, 1999) Therefore it is the most important that we cultivate to the end. For example, in the [classic Chinese tale] Journey to the West, why could Zhu Bajie obtain the right fruit? It is because he persevered to the end overcoming countless tribulations. He let go of the final attachment to personal gain, interest and sentimentality during the final moment before obtaining the scriptures. He completed his journey that had been arranged based on his own inborn quality.
However, it will be very difficult for someone to persevere to the end without an unyielding conviction towards Dafa. How could those who took cover at home without stepping forward to validate Dafa, yet thinking themselves as true believers be counted as genuine practitioners? Teacher said in his Fa lectures, "You must follow what he said, that is genuine faith" (Lecture in Sydney, 1996). Teacher asked us to step forward from ordinary humanness, study the Fa well, clarify the truth, send forth righteous thoughts, etc. All these will be hard to accomplish if we cannot step forward from humanness, let alone will we be able to fulfill the destiny of Dafa practitioner during the Fa-rectification period.
Cultivation is a step-by-step advancement process towards a higher level following Teacher's arrangements. Each of Teacher's arrangements is for our genuine advancement. In fact, I believe that failure to step forward caused by us clinging to various attachments and fear is no different than abandoning the arrangement provided by Teacher. How can we still claim that we are Teacher's disciples? Those who could not step forward and still insist that they firmly believe were merely finding a self-deceiving excuse. When the Fa rectifies the human world it will not be an ending simply filled with deep regrets or self abandoning.
The above are my personal understandings in my cultivation. My fellow practitioners, please kindly point out any mistakes on my part.