The awaken one found inside him the three poisons, the three afflictions innate in any being; delusion,greed and aversion represented by the rooster, the snake and the boar, they are the root of craving and thus in part the cause of suffering. These metaphors suggest how dangerous afflictive thoughts and emotions can be if they are not understood and transformed.
Greed refers to our selfishness, misplaced desire, attachment, and grasping for happiness and satisfaction outside of ourselves.
Aversion refers to our anger, our hatred and repulsion toward unpleasant people, circumstances, and even toward our own uncomfortable feelings. Delusion refers to our dullness, bewilderment, and misperception; our wrong views of reality.
The poisons of greed, aversion, and delusion are a consequence of ignorance—ignorance of our true nature, the awakened heart of wisdom and compassion. With this sublime understanding we can clearly see and feel and purify inside, always inside ourselves. Awaken...