A. Transgression (viitikkama) leading to evil bodily and verbal acts. This is checked by the practice of morality, observing the five precepts.
Ie: Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
B. Obsession or Manifestation (pariyu.t.thaana) when the defilements come to the conscious level and threaten to lead to transgression if not restrained by the practice of mindfulness.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
C. Latency (anusaya) where they remain as tendencies ready to surface through the impact of sensory stimuli. Security from the defilements can be obtained only by destroying the three roots — greed, hate and delusion — at the level of latency. This requires insight-wisdom (vipassanaa-paññaa), the decisive liberating factor in Buddhism.
Ie: Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el322.html