"The Wisdom Kings"
The herukas are wrathful deities
enlightened beings who take on
a fearsome appearance
to benefit other beings.
They cover themselves
in blood and skulls,
for all that is mortal passes away
and is not to be desired.
Each one seeks out
demons of a certain type.
Hayagriva tracks down
the Amitabha of evil speech.
Vishuddha hunts for
the Vajrapani of ill thoughts.
the Ksitigarbha of worldly pride.
Whoever meditates on these terrifying forms
may learn the wisdom and strength
to overcome their own inner demons
and attain liberation from attachment.