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
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
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...
The bird represents desire and
Similarly, the snake is identified with anger because it will be aroused
and leap up at the slightest touch.
THE WHEEL OF LIFE ....