In all the religious mythologies, Mind has been depicted as Ocean. The simile may have evolved from Jalandhar, Neptune or Poseidon. There has also been popular concept like “River Styx” and “Bhagirathi River” connecting death and the Beyond Realms. Interestingly Death and Mind are considered quite similar by all the masters of the past. Miteiya affirms this view and reiterates the same through decoding “Demon Mara” and “Ma’at” as symbolic representation of Death as well as Mind.
In Sumerian mythology, Gilgamesh asked Siduri the ways to find Utnapishtim. Siduri asked Gilgamesh to cut down trees and create a way to cross the river. Had anyone touched the water, the mortals would die and the journey could not be successful.
In Egyptian myths, crossing such mythological “River” through use of “Boat of Ra” became the popular symbolism of spiritualism.
In Ramayana, there is a popular myth wherein monkeys construct a stone bridge over the ocean. Similarly one would see Moses creating a channel through the Red Sea for his followers. Jainism speaks about “Tirthankar”, a title given to the patriarch who could walk through shallow waters. In Krishnaism, Vasudev crosses River Yamuna with infant Krishna. Similarly we find reference of Saint Christopher crossing the river with infant Jesus. Adult Jesus is also seen walking over water.
All these myths spread across almost all the mythologies simply suggest that one needs to cross the mind without really interfering with it. The sea like mind is full of wavering thoughts. One cannot kill mind but needs to reconcile with the same and cross it without interfering with it.
Buddhism narrates a myth wherein Buddha crosses the river not by walking over it but by taking a “Yana, a flying Vehicle”. This methodology has been different than all the conventional methodologies. Buddhism hence suggest that one can cross the mind by use of “Kundilini Energy”