I have read about different types of paths for spiritual aspirants. Namely:
Of the first, Asanga states their faculties are limited:
"These people are described as having weak faculties [...]"
Of the second, he states they have medium faculties:
"[T]hey are said to have medium faculties [...]"
Finally, he describes the bodhisattva as with sharp faculties. In the Sutra on the Ten Levels, it says the sravaka will have practised:
[...] through fear of cyclic existence and without [great] compassion, [...]
I know that this is mainly a Mahayanist view. Nevertheless, my questions are :
(1) Should I conclude from this that faculties can really be different between practitioners? That, some individuals have greater facility for the dharma, and that enlightenment is not always feasible in one lifetime?
(2) Does this imply that following a Buddhist path doesn't always result in great compassion? Can one follow a Buddhist path while neglecting compassion, and end up lacking it in the end? Or, can compassion always be developed, even at some later point?