Coronavirus, or for that matter any virus, does not affect individuals who have a strong immune system. The immune system of a body protects it from the invading disease-causing microorganisms. How can we boost the immune system so that our body isn’t prone to sickness due to germs?

Modern Science has not established a proven relation between immune system and life-style. But, our ancient wisdom has given life style choices that are proven to shield one from “pathogens” at all levels (physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual).  Corona virus is threatening lives by affecting one’s physical health.  

First recommendation of a good lifestyle deals with what kind of food one consumes. Anything one consumes gets broken into three segments. 

  • First segment, the bulk part of the food, aids in forming the physical structure such as the bones
  • Second segment, the middle layer of the food, aids in forming the spongy tissues such as bone-marrow
  • Third segment, the core of the food, aids in strengthening of your manas (not physical four-chambered heart, but one that defines mental state)

The food that builds strong manas is called satvic aahar (vegetarian food excluding onion, garlic, bottle guard, drumstick, etc).  

Immune system originates with strong manas!

One may wonder, can a strong manas really help me in defending against pathogens at physical level, such as corona virus, dengue etc. Let’s think about it. Have you come across someone who is physically very strong and mentally weak. Such people end up having a hard time coping up with any “unpleasant” situation in life. Whereas, people who are not very strong physically but have a strong manas come to rescue others in such situations. The important aspect here is that immunity begins with a strong manas.

When you have a strong manas guided by right intellect, the choices you make in terms of maintaining hygiene, timely diet, right type of food, composed attitude, giving nature will automatically build a defensive mechanism (immune system) to progress with your goals. 

How can I assess the strength of my manas?

Manas is not a visible element. However, it’s strength or weakness is assessed by retrospecting on how one reacts to a situation and the choices one makes. 

Satvic aahar strengthens your manas by fuelling it with ability to make wise decisions. 

It strengthens your manas by fuelling it with ability to spend right amount of energy where necessary (Ravana, rajasic in nature, spent his energy everywhere wanting to win over everyone. Rama, satvic in nature, chose his battles, spent energy only where necessary). It strengthens your manas by helping you set your priorities right.

Your manas therefore plays a critical role in your overall well-being. Give it right food so that you have a great tool to use in keeping your body healthy for a happier and purposeful life.

Let’s adopt satvic aahar  and stay healthy, free from all viruses!

– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji
– 9 th Feb 2020, Jammikunta, Karimnagar Dist, Telengana
– Pushkara Brahmotsavam

Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji was invited to preside over the 12th Brahmotsavams in Sri Venkateswara Swami temple at Jammikunta. Swamiji addressed the huge gathering about how temples are learning centres and not mere prayer halls. Swamiji spoke about how we must all gather at temples at regular intervals to learn about such wisdom about manas, satvic aahar  and more from our scriptures. We will then become great assets for a stronger society. 

Swamiji added that, “Just like a strong manas shapes our bodily activities in the right direction, temples can drive societal activities with divine wisdom for the overall well-being of the world.”


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