“Manojaya eva mahajayah – Conquest of mind is the greatest victory.”
“Man jita, jag jita – If you conquer mind, you have conquered the world.” [Proverb]
In philosophy, you will always find an esoteric and an exoteric meaning. This is the reason why you need the help of a teacher. It is extremely difficult to comprehend the esoteric, inner meaning. You will find in Hatha Yogic books: “There is a young, virgin widow seated at the junction of the river Ganga and the river Yamuna.” What will you make out of this? It is difficult to understand. The young widow is the Sushumna Nadi (Nerve). The Ganga is Pingala Nadi. The Yamuna is Ida Nadi.
The Secret of Ramayana
There is also a secret of Ramayana. The secret of Ramayana is control of mind. Killing the ten-headed monster Ravana of Lanka means the annihilation of the ten evil though waves of the mind such as Lust, Anger, etc. Sita is the mind. Rama is Pure-Soul. Bringing Sita back from Lanka is concentrating the mind on Rama (Soul) by withdrawing it from objects and uniting it with Rama. Sita (mind) unites with Rama (Soul), her husband in Ayodhya (Sahasrara Chakra). Mind merges in Soul. This is, briefly, the esoteric meaning of Ramayana. This is the Adhyatmic exposition of Ramayana.
Who Can Control the Mind ?
The mind can be controlled by untiring perseverance and patience equal to that of one engaged in emptying the ocean, drop by drop, with the tip of a blade of grass.
A bird laid its eggs on the seashore. The waves came in and washed away the eggs. The bird became very angry. It wanted to empty the ocean with its beak. It applied all its energy in emptying the ocean. The king of the birds pitied its condition and came to its help. Narada, the peace-making Sage, also came and gave some advice to the bird. When the king of the ocean saw all these, he was very much terrified. He brought back all the eggs of the bird and handed them over to the bird with apology and prostrations. Aspirants, who are attempting to control the mind, should have the same asinine patience and untiring perseverance as that of the bird which attempted to empty the ocean with its small beak.
You must have the knack or the pluck or the aptitude to tame the mind. To tame a lion or a tiger is far more easy than taming one’s own mind. Tame your own mind first. Then you can take the minds of others quite easily.
Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda