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Damodarastakam

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
25 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 2

 

We sing Damodarastakam,

namamisvaram sach-chid-ananda rupam
lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam
yasoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam
paramrstam atyantato drutya gopya [1]

"I offer my humble obeisance to the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokul, who [after breaking the pot of yogurt that his mother had been churning into butter and stealing butter] is running quickly from the wooden mortar in fear of Mother Yasoda, who ran faster than Him and caught Him."

rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram
muhuh svasa-kampa-trirekhanka-kanthasthita-
graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham [2]

"[Seeing a stick in His mother's hand,] He is crying and rubbing His eyes with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because His sobs. I offer my humble obeisance to this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodar, whose belly is bound with the rope of His mother's pure love"

That is a very important song in our spiritual life. We pray,

namo deva damodarananta visno
prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam
krpa-drsti-vrstyati-dinam batanugrhanesa
mam ajnam edhy aksi-drsyah [6]

"O Supreme Lord, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodar! O Ananta! O Visnu! O Master! Dear Lord, please be merciful to me. Shower Your glance of mercy upon me and deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows. Please become visible to my eyes."

You know that when Krishna's mother became very tired [trying to tie Krishna with a rope that always appeared to be two fingers too short], Krishna thought, "Oh, My Mother has become tired, she has got so much austerity," and He Himself allowed her to bind Him with the rope.

After that, Mother Yasoda tied Krishna to an ulukhal (a wooden mortar, a kind of very heavy wood) and returned to the boiling milk, but Krishna started crawling around with the mortar behind His back. Krishna carries the entire universe, so do you think He cannot carry just one piece of wood? Do you think it is impossible? Suddenly, Krishna appeared in a place a little far from His home. [We go to that place every year; it is called the dam-bandhan-lila place, and the Yamal-Arjuna trees are there.]

You know that Kuver had sons, Manigriv and Nalakuvar, and these two sons had a very big ego, being extremely proud of their property and wealth. They did not care about anybody. One day, they were playing in a river with completely naked ladies when suddenly Narad Muni appeared walking past that place. Seeing Narad Muni, the ladies covered their bodies, but Kuver's sons did not care—they did not care who Narad is or who was going past. As the result, Narad Muni cursed the two proud sons of Kuver and said that the next life they would become trees. Manigriv and Nalakuvar were shocked. They apologised to Narad Muni, and Narad Muni said, "When Krishna appears in Dvapar-yuga, He will stay in Gokul Mahavan. He will rescue you from this condition, and you will get your previous body back." That is why it is written in Damodarastakam:

kuveratmajau baddha-murttyaiva yadvat
tvaya mochitau bhakti-bhajau krtau cha
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayachchha
na mokse graho me 'sti damodareha [7]

"O Lord Damodar! As a baby tied with a rope to a wooden grinding mortar, You relieved the two sons of Kuver from the curse of Narad, and they became Your great devotees. In the same way, please bestow upon me transcendental love for You. This is all I am longing for; I have desire for any liberation."

Kuver's sons were suffering so much in the tree bodies, but Krishna is very merciful—He removed their bondage.

So, when Krishna was crawling around, He came to a place where two trees stood. He crawled between the trees, but the wooden mortar that He was tied to got stuck between the trees, Krishna pulled the mortar and the trees immediately fell down. There were no clouds, nothing—the trees fell just like that; and Nanda Gopal simply looked behind and smiled. Hearing a great thud, many people came to the place where it had come from. They were astonished, "What has happened? How did these two big trees fall down?!” Both trees were lying on the ground. Krishna was there too. When Nanda Maharaj came there, he was very worried, "What has happened? Is my son Krishna all right?" Nanda Maharaj later had a little quarrel with Mother Yasoda; he chastised her, "Why did you tie my son? What would you do if something had happened?" I even heard that he had not talked to Mother Yasoda for three months after that incident. Such are Krishna's pastimes, Krishna's lila.

kuveratmajau baddha-murttyaiva yadvat
tvaya mochitau bhakti-bhajau krtau cha
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayachchha
na mokse graho me 'sti damodareha [7]

"O Lord Damodar! As a baby tied with a rope to a wooden grinding mortar, You relieved the two sons of Kuver from the curse of Narad, and they became Your great devotees. In the same way, please bestow upon me transcendental love for You. This is all I am longing for; I have desire for any liberation."

namas te 'stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha visvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai
namo 'nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam [8]

"O Lord Damodar! I first offer my obeisance to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. Then, I offer my obeisance to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes."

This song Damodarastakam about the pastimes of the Lord is written by Satyavrata Muni, and we sing it every Kartik month.

Radharani's devotion, Vraja gopis' devotion is the highest conception, the highest devotion. Krishna Himself wants the foot dust of Vraja gopis—He took their foot dust on His head! Then you can understand that we cannot consider ourselves to be even their foot dust.

We also sing 'Radhe jaya jaya madhava daite' song composed by Srila Rupa Goswami:

radhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite
gokula-taruni-mandala-mahite

"Glory to Radha, the beloved of Madhava! All the young girls of Gokula, beautiful like Laksmi Devi, are charmed to see Your exquisite beauty."

damodara-rati-varddhana-vese
hari-niskuta-vrnda-vipinese

"You are always decorated with many beautiful garments and scented flowers and is irresistible to Damodar. Your Pastimes with Krishna are going on eternally in the groves of Sri Vrindavan Dham."

vrsabhanudadhi-nava-sasi-lekhe
lalita-sakhi guna-ramita-visakhe

"Just as the moon is said to have appeared from the ocean, so have You arisen from the ocean of Sri Vrisabhanu Maharaj. You are a friend of Lalita and the joy of Visakha."

karunam kuru mayi karuna-bharite
sanaka-sanatana-varnita-charite

"All liberated devotees, the highly qualified mukta-purusa devotees, such as Sanaka and Sanatan, always glorify the abode of Krishna and His devotees, and particularly the Supreme Servitor of Krishna, Srimati Radharani. O merciful Srimati Radharani! Please bestow Your mercy on me."

(Sri Sri Radhika Stutih; the translation is based on Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's purport)

 

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