6.5 uddhared ātmanātmānaṁ (Original)

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Chapter 6

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uddhared ātmanātmānaṁ
nātmānam avasādayet
ātmaiva hy ātmano bandhur
ātmaiva ripur ātmanaḥ

‘Let one elevate his ātma by his mind, and let not ātma be molested. The mind verily is ātma’s friend, as well, indeed, its foe.’

Ātmanā means : by the mind. Through the mind, detached from sense-pleasures, ātma shall be lifted (i.e., elevated to noble thoughts and spiritual heights). But let not, —through the mind being employed in a reverse direction to that above stated (i.e., by attachment to objects)—, ātma be harassed. For, mind is really both the friend, and the foe of ātma (according to the use it is made of).

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