PureInsight | November 18, 2002
I've always wondered about the old saying that a wise person practices the Tao diligently. A wise person's inborn quality should be very good, so why does he practice the Tao so diligently? Does the old saying mean that diligence can make up for the lack of natural talent? Isn't it the average or the foolish person who needs to be diligent? Does a wise person also need to be diligent? With the upgrading of my cultivation, I've gradually understood why it is the wise person who practices diligently.
I think a wise person, a cultivator, should have the understanding that no matter what one thinks he is – an average person or a wise person -- he is nothing as long as he is just a human. Because cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of Gong is done by one's master, we only need to have the wish to cultivate. It is the Master who truly helps us to complete cultivation. Therefore, if we want to achieve enlightenment, practicing it diligently is very important in the course of cultivation.
A practitioner's diligence is not only a manifestation of hard work. It also demonstrates his commitment to the Fa and his unbounded dedication to following Master. Through diligence, Dafa disciples are gradually demonstrating their faith and enlightenment in Dafa. Through diligence, Dafa disciples do not wait for or rely on others to tell the truth. Through diligence, Dafa disciples do not look for external solutions and instead are actively creating the future as well as establishing the foundation for future human beings to obtain the Fa.
Translated from http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2002/10/15/18885.html