The Importance of Cultivating to the End
(Minghui.org) I recently saw the following scene through my celestial eye. A road leading to the gates of heaven was lined with rows of lotus seats, and above each seat was a crown. The seats and crowns were composed of different colors and materials.
As some Falun Gong practitioners approached the seats, the crowns were automatically placed atop their heads.
Other practitioners stopped walking at various sections of the road. They became overly pleased with themselves, believing that they had completed their cultivation and reached their ultimate celestial rank.
One practitioner even started reading the scriptures of another school of cultivation. Shortly after, he fell off a steep cliff.
Most practitioners walked past the seats and crowns, not giving them a second glance. They appeared unconcerned as to what realm they would reach or the details of that realm.
I noted that these practitioners were mature cultivators. Master smiled as he waited for us at the end of the road. It was a very moving scene!
As practitioners, we have only one option available to us: follow Master's teachings straight to the end.
We should not become satisfied with the status quo or allow ourselves to be drawn in by the dazzling scenes around us. If we lose our focus, we won't be able to fulfill the vows we made to Master eons ago.
A practitioner recently told me that he knows a few veteran practitioners who had attended Master's earlier Fa lectures in China. They claimed they had achieved a high level through gradual enlightenment and could see their own worlds. They truly believed that they had reached Consummation.
Some of them began practicing different cultivation ways and even opposed Master's Fa-rectification. They refused to study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts, and participate in activities to help save sentient beings.
Although these practitioners' circumstances differed somewhat, they all believe that they are special.
Our path of cultivation is wrought with a myriad of trials and tribulations. Only by closely following Master's teachings can we expect to overcome them all!