We must always react quickly, so that we can protect ourselves, and get accustomed to the faster vibration. Sometimes, Master will suddenly tell you to do something. It is good to do it immediately because karma also comes suddenly. We must be trained to always be ready! Then, when karma or disasters come unexpectedly, we won't be frightened and stuck there not knowing how to react.
Thoughts are very important. When we think nobly, the whole universe admires, loves and serves us; and waits for us to visit their place. When our thoughts are not noble, not glorious and not as generous as the enlightened ones, we become ordinary sentient beings. This is what is meant by: "All is created by the mind!"
Sometimes you may think: it is merely a thought, it is not very important. No! It is very important. As human beings, our actions, speech and thoughts are interrelated. If the atmosphere generated within us is not one of purity and benign practice, or is dishonorable, it will be expressed in our actions.
The purpose of keeping the precepts is to make ourselves stable; it is not definite that they will protect anyone. However, when we are protecting ourselves, naturally others are also protected; because they won't collect our karma through scolding us, hurting our feelings, beating, or humiliating us. If they were to reap any retribution later, it would have all been initiated by us.
Therefore, if we are pure in actions, speech and thoughts, we are not only protecting ourselves, but also the other party or any other people around us as well.
People who have plenty of time may not be diligent practitioners, because they think they have a lot of time! "It is all right to take it slowly. I can always meditate later!" They are inclined to become like this. Conversely, people who are busy tend to treasure their moments of meditation. Therefore, don't complain that you don't have enough time. It is not true! Endeavor to arrange your time, check your timetable, and see what is really necessary -- which work is truly worth doing, which person you really need to see, and whether you must address a certain matter. Then we can save time and work.
Whatever we have arranged to do, do it simply, promptly and concisely; then we have a lot of time
The more we practice, the more alert we should become. Otherwise, we will easily be trapped in one aspect of our practice. We develop new aspects in our practice everyday. If we are trapped in a certain aspect, we cannot move onto the others.
Therefore, in spiritual practice, we must not sink to a certain level. This is why the Diamond Sutra says: Forsake all attachments to reveal our true nature. If we are still attached to a certain achievement, we cannot develop further!