This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: “Monks, there are these three fires. Which three? The fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. These are the three fires.”
The fire of passion burns in a mortal
the fire of aversion, in a malevolent person
the fire of delusion, in a bewildered person
of the noble teaching.
Not understanding these fires, people
–fond of self-identity–
unreleased from Māra’s shackles,
swell the ranks of hell,
the wombs of common animals, demons,
the realm of the hungry ghosts.
While those who, day & night,
to the message
of the rightly self-awakened,
put out the fire of passion,
constantly perceiving the foul.
They, superlative people,
put out the fire of aversion
with good will,
and the fire of delusion
with the discernment leading
They, the masterful, untiring by night & day,
having put out [the fires],
having, without remainder,
are, without remainder,
They, the wise, with an attainer-of-wisdom’s
the ending of birth,
come to no further becoming.