I'm interested in this passage from MN 43. "Lust is a maker of signs, hate is a maker of signs, delusion is a maker of signs."
BB's note: "MA interprets the phrase 'maker of signs' (nimitta-karana) to mean that lust, hate and delusion brand a person as a worldling or a noble one, as lustful, hating or deluded. But it may also mean that these defilements cause the mind to ascribe a false significance to things as being permanent, pleasurable, self, or beautiful."
I have seen Bhikkhu Bodhi accused of adding his own commentaries (or "neo-commentaries" as one person I know put it) and this could be a case here. But I like his interpretation. Our defiled minds plant the defilements in many objects that arise, infecting them in a way so that they will further defile our minds when arising in the future, something like that. Very interesting, I think. There are so many objects that are loaded with "false significance" because of the unskillful ways we have responded to them in the past.
Do you agree with BB's interpretation?
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)