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The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha



Narayanashrama Tapovanam

17th March 2020

Spiritual Defence Against Global Covid-19 Infection

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Significance of MahaMrityunjaya Mantra 

Chanting of MahaMrityunjaya Mantra 

  1. Save yourself and the Nation by individual and collective austerity. Do not stand helpless before the global virus. Reinforce yourself and the Nation confidently. Here is the time-tested means, infallible for the discreet and faithful.

  2. Laws enforced are effective only after the crime is done. But how to prevent crime or lessen its incidence and toll, for which material efforts are powerless? Try then at least the inner, mental, spiritual power and derive redress.

  3. Body is a matter energy aggregate, inert. It is animated and activated by the mind. Mind, though not a part of the body, is associated with it. It has untold power over matter, like causing physical anger and also appeasing and eliminating it.

  4. Use the mind's power to resist the virus. Mind works on thoughts. All mantras are mental formulae, to be applied discreetly and tenaciously.

  5. Recite mrityunjaya mantra, to insulate you against all destruction.

    ॐ जूॅं स:

    त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्‌।

    उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्।।

    oṃ jūṃ sa:

    tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam‌

    urvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā'mṛtāt।।

  6. We appease Tryambaka, the Supreme Lord of Destruction. Liberate us from the bondage of disease and death, like the stem getting detached from the melon when the fruit has grown to the full. Relieve us from the clutches of death, destruction, and not from immortality.

  7. Start with 108 times the mrityunjaya mantra japa. Chant slowly, gently and attentively.

  8. Increase it by 25 counts, reaching 500 and 1000 mark in a week or so.

  9. You may also perform havanwith the mantra, but add swaahaa, at the end, just before offering the material to blazing fire.

  10. Family members can chant together, if they so desire.

  11. Mind can act on matter. Remember how Dasaratha gained four sons, by performing Ashwamedha Yaga.

  12. The Chant is a real defence against any offence, visible or invisible. It delves within oneself, one's body, generates inner spiritual resources to contend and be freed from all kinds of distresses, like disease, conflicts, confrontations, lacks and deficiencies.

  13. Ultimately, life is experiential, and all experiences are centred within our body, in the mind, a functional note of Consciousness. Your mind cognizes the body, and then alone you say you have the body. So too is the world mind's comprehension alone!

  14. This mind is what reflects and feels the world of panchabhootas. No experience or perception is outer, gross. Everything is an expression and extension from and of the mind. Seek the mind's own deeper resources to resolve the distress, and feel safe and secure.

  15. We have a right and scope to seek and eke out a remedy for the malady that confronts us. If external redress is not available, then at least we can and should seek the inner redress. Knock and the door will be open. Call, and you will be heard. Be sure.

    With fond benedictions. 


 Second Letter dated 25th March 2020

Harih Om Tat Sat. An unprecedented calamity, no doubt, is confronting us. But let there be no panic about it. Observe whatever restraints and precautions are necessary.

But know that the real defence and protection are from our own within. India and her culture have ineffable inner power to bestow on the individual. Mind is above matter and it can even redress or mitigate external physical adversities.

Harness the mind by reinforcing your faith, hope and confidence. Despite all adverse factors, our land and people do have a special grace to survive any calamity and restore the welfare of people.

So, do not lose heart. Instead, use this occasion to enhance your faith and confidence. Bharat is great, and Her children indefatigable! Realize and rely upon this fact, nay the truth. Understand that you are connected to the Sovereign Supreme, as is the earth connected to the infinite space, and hence to the Supreme Sustainer!

In the service of the Nation


Third Letter Dated 31 March 2020

Harih Om Tat Sat. To face the Covid - 19 spread, we have taken to social distancing and lockdown measures. We shall observe these steadfastly, but shall also strive for inner redress by enhancing our defence considerably.

Mind is far superior to the body. Therefore, inner defence is far more powerful than the external one. All civilizational achievements are, no doubt, the glory of the mind and intelligence. Hence, it is imperative to harness our mind and intelligence and encircle the Covid virus spread, making it powerless. It will not be discreet to set aside this inner means, thinking that it is not perceptible.

How is the inner defence harnessed?

Our fear is that the gross body will be attacked by the subtle virus. But the subtler mind within the body has ample power to encircle these viruses and render them powerless. Does not Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 2 verse 24) describe the inner horizon and the I, the inmost Self, as uncuttable, unburnable, unwettable and undriable? Realize the import of this message well and being fearfree, make the Covid virus multitudes ineffective to the core.

Infection is in the body, not in the mind at all. Acknowledging this truth that your mind is free of infection, harness It and earnestly strive for the inner defence. Even if one in a thousand tries, the present crisis will be extinct. At least for half hour daily, sit in a place, close your eyes, and reflect upon the wind sheath and the morepervading space in you. The invincible Self-presence, denoted by the term I, is still inward, the inmost!

Is not the whole visible creation floating in this inner Self-expanse like the dream world? Yes, the entire physical world is held within you, the I. Know that the Covid -19 virus colonies are also within your mind's inner perceptional range already. By merging the mind and intelligence into the expanse of the Self, the Corona virus in millions will be devolved and extinct. This is the glory of chidaakasha, the sentient sky within. Human alone can be aware of this and employ it effectively.

Use this occasion to enhance your faith and confidence. Understand that you are connected to the Sovereign Supreme, as is the earth connected to the infinite space, and hence to the Supreme Sustainer!

For the followers of Sanaatan Dharma, as in the holy land of Bharat, the power of Dharma dawned in Kurukshetra millennia ago, the majesty and grandeur to contain and extinguish the Covid-19 blaze amply reign. Be assured. No devastation will befall. Feel safe and be poised.

In the service of the Nation


Fourth and Last Letter in 2020 on the subject dated 11 April 2020

Harih Om Tat Sat. Alarming, bewildering and enlightening information is pouring in from various parts of the world regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Situation in United States of America is quite disheartening. Our devotees in India and elsewhere, especially in the US, have reported that they are deriving remarkable inner strength by chanting Mrityunjaya mantra in online groups. Yes, the mantra has such effect.

Do not however relax the physical safety measures.

Kerala is a small State in India. With enchanting greenery, backwaters and mountains, It is described as God's Own Country. Over time, people of the State have evolved unique inner methods to deal with physical problems, even calamities.

I find it timely to narrate a relevant episode here:

A very rich man fell ill. His symptoms grew worse and looked fatal. His family got unnerved and decided, as tradition prescribed, to hold an astrological session. Learned astrologers, experts in dealing with planetary effects on human life, were called. The role of the astrologers, in such circumstances, is to identify and alleviate the suffering to the best. So they probed into celestial configurations and examined their respective aspects and impacts.

They came, spread their cowrie shells after drawing the astrological chart. Uttering the invocatory hymns, they heaped the shells on the floor and under the right palm began to roll them piously for a while. Taking then a handful from the heap and dividing it in groups to arrive at the lagna, the astrological locus for the intended predictions, they started their rational deliberations.They confirmed that the illness of the family head was life threatening.

Turning to the family, they said, "You are resourceful. Will you do what we ask you to? Dig a big public tank for humans to bathe in, and for animals and birds to quench their thirst from. Do the task on a war footing." With this prescription, they closed the session and departed.

The family, sensing the imminence of danger, also the emergent nature of the relief needed, acted instantly. They started the work the very next day, and in seven days the tank was ready for birds and animals. And in 12 days, for humans. Countless animals and birds began to drink from the tank every day. Men and women started bathing in the tank. Through this, the ailing man and his family accrued punya, holiness, abundantly.

The astrologers were called in again. They cast their shells. Heaving a sigh of relief, they said, "The victim is now safe. As each day passes the punya to bless him will grow in leaps and bounds. He will be fully cured of his illness soon."

Selfless work is the greatest selfish gain. Sometimes severe drought sets in. And people and animals are threatened to die en masse. But rains shed torrentially. In one go, the area has abundant water for a year! Well, this is the result of unexpected meteorological phenomena!

The invisible spirituo-holy outcome is even sharper and more effective.

The instance of "drought and rain", is visible, while the instance of "gaining punya and its reward", invisible! The subtle presence and power behind both are the same. Do not fail to discern it! Harness your inner potential benevolently!

Punya, holiness, is like the mind,invisible. But its effects are more tangible than even the mind. Discern this and be guided by it. Let the spell of COVID-19 be a life lesson for you.

Dear souls, this is how the mind works. Making of the tank was a physical task accomplished by others. Chanting a mantra is an inner austerity each has to do. The more inner the resources you employ, the greater the effect that follows. Generate more and more of inner defence against the pandemic.

In the service of all Beings



Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

Mrityunjaya Mahaamantra chanting by Poojya Swamiji

8 Times Chanting of Mrityunjaya Mahaamantra


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