In this lecture via chant to the melody of Jaya Ganesha, Swami Sivananda lists fetters, or things that bind or chain you to this life. He makes the point over and over again that it is not the things, but the desires, that are the real fetters. Know this point well, he says.
Swami Sivananda gives a brief synopsis of the Bhagavad Gita, the 18 chapter discourse between Arjuna and Lord Krishna. He describes the mental anguish of Arjuna and Lord Krishna’s reply. Swami Sivananda also mentions the importance of training the mind and that everything is a manifestion of God.
Listen to the highly inspiring Chanting of Anandoham Mantra In this exceptional recording, Swami Sivananda sings Anandoham, the song of Bliss. The recording of this Anandoham Mantra is full of prana (energy) and Bhakti (devotion) which you can feel.
Text of Anandoham Mantra Kirtan
Translation of Anandoham Mantra
The translation of Anandoham Mantra is as follows:
I am Bliss
I am Bliss
Bliss I am
Meaning of Anandoham Mantra
Anandoham means “I am Bliss”. Ananda means bliss, true happiness, joy. Aham means I am. Anandoham is the expression of the joy of the soul. The Mantra Anandoham affirms the identitiy of the individual soul (Jiva) and the Cosmic Soul (Brahman). There is one universal Consciousness. The individual is identifying with body an mind. Therefore it is unhappy. The individual soul knows deeply within that there is a higher reality with which it is one. The soul is yearning to experience this oneness. Because the Soul, Atman, is Sat Chid Ananda it will not be satisfied until it realises its own true nature.
By chanting Anandoham you reaffirm your identity with the highest soul. Thereby you can feel Ananda, the Joy within.