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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 Verse 5

भगवद् गीता अध्याय 6 श्लोक 5

उद्धरेदात्मनाऽऽत्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत्।
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मनः।।6.5।।

हिंदी अनुवाद - स्वामी तेजोमयानंद

।।6.5।। मनुष्य को अपने द्वारा अपना उद्धार करना चाहिये और अपना अध पतन नहीं करना चाहिये क्योंकि आत्मा ही आत्मा का मित्र है और आत्मा (मनुष्य स्वयं) ही आत्मा का (अपना) शत्रु है।।

Kumara Vaishnava Sampradaya - Commentary

The word atmana refers to the mind. The mind must detach itself from the infatuation of sense objects by association from those wise in Vedic knowledge who posess spiritual knowledge. In this way the mind will be elevated and gravitate towards spiritual objectives. But if the mind is pointed in the reverse direction subject to worldly pursuits and deluded by sense objects then the mind will become agitated and harassed. Lord Krishna is confirming the truth that the mind has the potential to give the most benefit as the greatest friend to the atma or eternal soul and also that the mind has the potential to be the most destructive as the greatest enemy to the atma or eternal soul depending upon how the mind is influenced.