Well said, Kurava!
If we cannot even endure hardships and trying times, then we will never commit to the Dharma and go all the way. Because every time something happens, it is enough to tear us away from the Dharma and make us totally unstable. Why? Because we are so dependent on everything external to us to move us forward or into any direction, for that matter.
Sometimes, we can even go through very trying times with our Guru - especially when we have done something wrong REPEATEDLy and the Guru has no choice but to use wrathful methods to wake us up and stop us in our path of destruction. So, because the Guru is wrathful we then run away and stop practice? We abandon everything???
IF we do, then we cannot really be that committed to Dharma in the first place.
The only thing we are committed to is "external factors" because we would only practice and like to practice when all "external factors" are in our favour.
All things external are just reflection of who we are inside.
I remember going through a very tough time with my Guru once and boy, did I feel completely dejected for all the things that I have done wrong. Ordinarily, I would have succumbed into my self-piteous ways and feel very sorry for myself. I would even console myself that I was so innocent and I should not need to go through this. But that inner dialogue lasted for about 5 minutes. After which I did realise that everything that I wanted or preferred was just solely designed to fulfill my own selfish needs. Especially, how I preferred people should act towards me, and even my Guru. I was very attached to the way I view things and people. But my Guru was so skillful in breaking down all those perceptions and delusions within me - despite me not liking one second of it.
After I realised that every single thing which my Guru was doing is really a teaching in itself, I began to focus on learning the lessons and not focus so much on what I was feeling or thinking. I wanted to rise above this and move forward.
I actually began to have more faith in my Guru after that whole experience although during I thought he was not very nice at all. After that whole experience, I began to see things and myself very differently. I just refuse to let anything or anyone stop me from going into Dharma wholeheartedly.
And really, the only person who has that kind of overwhelming power to stop us from our practice is ultimately, ourselves.
To me, Dharma is to make us better people and not to stay as we are or to continue as we are.
So, we can choose to rise or fall or even become embroiled with the whole samsaric drama - the choice is always with you. No one can stop - not really. No one ever could and ever will.