Asuras or titans on the Wheel of Life. This is a realm of fierce competitiveness. With the power of the double vajra and the energy of total action, the Titans have to take notice of Amoghasiddhi, even if grudgingly.
In the upper right corner of the painting outside the wheel, Buddha is standing with his left hand in a fearlessness mudra and with the index finger of the right hand pointing to the other side at the top left, pointing to the path out of the wheel.
"The Three Fires * In the middle of the Wheel are the three causes of all suffering. These are known as the Three Fires: they are greed, ignorance and hatred, represented by a rooster, a pig and a snake. They are shown linked together, biting each other's tails, reinforcing each other. " (BBC)
"Hrīḥ is the seed syllable of Amitābha and so represents the qualities of the Buddha of the western quarter: chiefly meditation and compassion. In Tibet it is also associated with Avalokiteśvara or Chenresig."
Root causes that create the basic problem of existence. They are depicted as a pig, a snake and a cock. The pig represents ignorance, a misunderstanding of the notion of self or the ego. Ignorance leads to negative desires, represented by the cock, always in search of more food to. When we can’t get what we want, we experience frustration, irritation, anger and hatred, represented by the snake which is ready to strike. Anger strengthens the ego and so we see the snake biting the tail of the…