In a Songfacts interview with MC Yogi
, he explained: "The mind is a double-edged blade, which means it can create joy, it can create sorrow. The mind is our own worst enemy. In fact, in the Buddhist tradition as well as in the yoga tradition, it says that the greatest enemy that we have to face in this lifetime is our own mind. That's the disconnected mind—the enemy of itself or the enemy of our practice."
In the pursuit of this taming of the mind, mantras act like prayers. "When you chant a mantra in your mind," Yogi explained, "you turn the mind into prayer where you start to stem the mind back in toward the truth, toward its centre. Then the mind, when it becomes reconnected in the present moment, reconnected to spirit, reconnected to love, reconnected to light, then the mind becomes a beautiful machine, where it can generate poetry, it can see the connection between the constellations in life and in nature, because this incredible instrument becomes beautiful."
The "world is a battlefield" lyrics refers to all the negativity that life, and our own minds, throw at us. This is the stuff that must be battled against in order to find peace. Once this calm center is attained, according to Yogi, we start our fellow human beings as people also caught in the battlefield, rather than as opponents. They are suffering their own internal wars, and understanding this can help us view them compassionately rather than antagonistically.