यो ह वा आयतनं वेदायतनं ह स्वानां भवति मनो ह वा आयतनम् ॥ ५.१.५ ॥
yo ha vā āyatanaṃ vedāyatanaṃ ha svānāṃ bhavati mano ha vā āyatanam || 5.1.5 ||
5. He who knows the abode becomes the shelter of his family. The mind is the abode.
Yaḥ ha vai, he who; āyatanam veda, knows the abode; āyatanam ha svānām bhavati, becomes the abode [i.e., shelter] of his family; manaḥ ha vai āyatanam, the mind is surely the abode.
There is something in the body-mind complex of human beings called āyatana. If a person knows this ‘āyatana,’ it is to be understood that he is a wise person. And such a person is able to serve as an āyatana to his own relatives. That is to say, he is
The mind is the āyatana of the body-mind complex. Why? Because the sense organs have their experiences, but all those experiences take shelter in the mind.