his friend as well as foe,
it is binding on a man to lift himself by his own effort
degrade himself.The Self is a friend to the man
who has overcome his mind and senses,
but he is an enemy to one who has failed to do so.”
A person should redeem his/her Self by own effort.One must not degrade him, because the Self is a friend. Besides him, besides the Self, there is neither any friend nor any enemy.
It is so because, if a peson has restrained own mind and senses, his/her Soul acts as a friend and brings him/her highest good.
But, if a person’s mind and senses are not restrained, his/her Soul turns into an enemy that drags to re- birth in lower forms of life and to endless misery.
We are fond of saying, “I am Soul.” So there is nothing for us to worry about. We cite evidence from the Geeta itself. Isn’t it said there, we ask, that weapons cannot pierce and fire cannot burn and wind cannot wither the Self?He, the deathless, immutable and universal, is therefore me.
Believing so, we pay little heed to the warning in Geeta that this Soul within us can also descend to an inferior, degraded level.
Fortunately, however, soul can also be saved and elevated; and Sri Krishn has made known to Arjun the action which is worthy of being done and which leads the Soul to absolution and that is worshiping of God through ordained action.
It is our duty to work for the salvation of our Soul.
One must not tempt him to damnation,………..
for the embodied Soul is both own friend and enemy.
To the person who has vanquished his/her mind and senses,
the Soul within is a friend,
but to the person who has not subdued his/her mind and senses,
he is an enemy.