Answered by Quan Yin messenger
(Originally in Chinese)
Q: I have heard that we will improve very quickly in our practice if we can do the "Quan Yin" (contemplation on the Sound) for three hours continuously. However, is it all right if someone does more of the Sound contemplation and does not adhere completely to the right proportion of contemplation on the Light and Sound? Do we have to strictly adhere to this proportion in our daily meditation?
A: To be able to contemplate on the Sound continuously for three hours can quickly bring our straying mind under control, and correct our wrong thinking and concepts. However, this only applies when we have contemplated on the Light for six hours or more with very good concentration and can contemplate on the Sound continuously for three hours with natural ease. Therefore, it is still necessary to meditate according to the right proportion of time. However, if someone meditates and has unconsciously exceeded the same ratio as instructed by Master, like when he has entered samadhi, then it is all right. Just be natural. As long as we do not purposely contemplate on the Sound more than contemplating on the Light, it is all right.
Pearls of Wisdom
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hsihu Center, Formosa, October 29, 1995
(Originally in English)
Please remember to do the Quan Yin according to the proper proportions. The Quan Yin is the one that cleans. Sometimes people sit there and they don't do the Quan Yin. In that case, they cannot progress very quickly.
Also, try to check your thoughts. If you check your thoughts, there will be no bad speech and no bad deeds. If one thought arises and you check it immediately, it will not come out of your mouth or result in action. So, thought is important. Don't follow your passions or your thoughts in your mind.
You remind each other. The Precepts begin from your thoughts. Purity begins from your thoughts. So, check your own thinking.