Lord Ganesha has an elephant head, gigantic and heavy, and at his feet a petty and tiny mouse. The mouse is the vehicle of Lord Ganesha. The tiny mouse carries the heavy elephant-headed Lord Ganesha. Looking esoteric … isn`t it?
Why lord Ganesha chose a mouse as his mount…? What it indicates…? What is its symbolism…? What the message and knowledge this esoteric story wants to convey…? Let us try to understand its logic, science, and psychology.
According to a legend - the mouse which is the mount of Lord Ganesha was a very powerful demon named Krauncha. He was disrupting everyone and everything with his power. He had become unbridled. Everyone had ceded before his power and atrocity.
Day by day his destructive power was increasing. He tried to disrupt lord Ganesha also. A big fight took between that demon and Lord Ganesha. Eventually, lord Ganesha defeated and controlled that demon. That demon was very impressed by the feat of Lord Ganesha and requested him to be his mount and serve him.
Once that mouse was trying to control lord Ganesha, now he is controlled, and as a mount, he does whatever lord Ganesha orders and carries where he wants. Always amenable, obedient and dedicated.
Mouse signifies our mind. Like mouse our minds ramble here and there and not remain stable at one place or topic.
You can find a mouse gnawing something always. That is the nature of mouse. The teeth of mouse always keep growing until they die. That creates irritation in their teeth. To remove their irritation and stop the teeth growing more than required, they need to gnaw something.
If they will not take the corrective action to stop growing their teeth, they will die because of that growth. To save themselves, whatever comes, good, bad or ugly, in their ways, they start gnawing. They do whatever they do according to their nature, but it is destructive for others. Nobody wants to keep any destructive rodent like a mouse in their house.
The nature of mind is not different from the nature of a mouse. The way mouse keeps gnawing something always, our minds always keep thinking something, no matter - it is good, bad or ugly. Even in our sleep, our minds work in the form of dreams.
Our minds always need something to think. If there is nothing to think, it gets irritated and it becomes dangerous for the self. The mouse can slither through tiny holes and narrow pathways, dirt, clean, even in the darkness of night, the way our minds do.
Our thoughts determine our life. Good thoughts create a good life and evil thoughts create a life full of miseries and sufferings. If our minds are controlled and well directed, it can carry us to the paramount of the success, if not, it can destroy our existence. The human mind is the best of his friend if it is controlled, otherwise worst of the enemy.
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 6, verse 5 and 6) says -
“A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.”
Initially, we struggle and fight with our mind. An unbridled mind is the greatest enemy sitting inside us. It creates lots of obstruction in our life. Once we persist and conquer our mind, it becomes a faithful, obedient and dedicated vehicle for our success, happiness, and prosperity. It carries us where we want and accomplishes what we assign.
A mind can be controlled by intelligence and Lord Ganesha is the symbol of intelligence and wisdom. That is why, as a symbol, the mouse has been depicted as the mount of heavy lord Ganesha.