Venerable Ru-Du asked this question in his discourse on why one should be volunteering:
will you be able to pass the big test when you are close to death?
I think the answer should be to start preparing now for this big test.
And this is by using every opportunity, obstacle and challenge to test ourselves - treating each like a mini test or revision so that we will be more confident when the next bigger one comes along.
This is encapsulated by the saying Venerable brought up:
my attempt at translation:
when things are quiet, the challenge is just 1/10 that when it is chaotic
when things are chaotic, the challenge is just 1/10 that when one is sick
when one is sick, the challenge is just 1/10 when one is near death
watch the video for more of Venerable’s wisdom: