One will not transcend the three realms with a mind ensnared by cleverness – The Great Garuda

Any efforts one makes poison one’s perception of the essence of awareness. Look at the hell beings, tormented spirits, animals, and other beings who are reborn and wander in samsara owing to the karma of having engaged in effort. Even though one acts in a positive way, one merely attains the better aspects of samsara-that is, the bodies and pleasures of gods and humans-only to have these fall away, so that one continues to wander in samsara. Negative actions result in the suffering of the three lower realms of rebirth, prolonging one’s wandering in samsara. There is no opportunity for escape.

The Great Garuda states:

One will not transcend the three realms with a mind ensnared by cleverness

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