3 Poisons.. Tibet.. The Wheel of Life.

  Ramesh A
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3 MENTAL POISONS....

1) IGNORANCE  -  PIG SYMBOL

2) ATTACHMENT  -  BIRD SYMBOL

3) AVERSION  - SNAKE SYMBOL




Tibetans have a traditional painting called the Wheel of Life, which depicts the samsaric cycle of existence.

 In the centre of this wheel are three animals: a pig, a snake, and a bird.

They represent the three poisons.



PIG :

 The pig stands for ignorance, although a pig is not necessarily more stupid than other animals. The comparison is based on the Indian concept of a pig being the most foolish of animals, since it always sleeps in the dirtiest places and eats whatever comes to its mouth.

Ignorance  drives the entire process... Ignorance isn't just an inability to apprehend the truth but an active misapprehension of the status of oneself and all other objects—one's own mind or body, other people, and so forth.



Ignorance is equivalent to the identification of a self as being separate from everything else.

It consists of the belief that there is an "I" that is not part of anything else.

On this basis we think, "I am one and unique. Everything else is not me. It is something different."...
From this identification stems the dualistic view, since once there is an "I," there are also "others." Up to here is "me." The rest is "they." As soon as this split is made, it creates two opposite ways of reaction: "This is nice, I want it!" and "This is not nice, I do not want it!" ...
Ignorance leads to the other 2 poisons...



BIRD :

The bird represents desire and clinging.



SNAKE :

Similarly, the snake is identified with anger because it will be aroused and leap up at the slightest touch.



THE WHEEL OF LIFE ....









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