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Shri Damodarashtakam

Spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation

with Narada Rishi and Shaunaka Rishi in the Padma Purana

 

namamishvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam

lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam

yashoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam

paramrishtam atyam tato drutya gopya (1)

 

I worship the Supreme Ishvara, Shri Krishna, whose form is sac-cid-ananda, whose makarashaped

earrings swing and play upon His cheeks, who is supremely splendrous in the

transcendental dhama of Gokula, who, due to breaking the yogurt pot, is very fearful

of Mother Yashoda and jumping down from the wooden grinding mortar quickly runs

away, and who, chased by Yashoda, who hastily runs after Him, is ultimately caught

from behind.

 

rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam

karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram

muhuh shvasa-kampa-tri-rekhanka-kanthasthita-

graiva-damodaram bhakti-baddham (2)

 

I worship that Damodara who, afraid of the stick in His motherís hand, cries and time

and again rubs His eyes with both His lotus hands, whose eyes express extreme

fearfulness, whose sobbing makes the jeweled and pearl necklaces upon His neck

marked with three lines shake, and whose belly is bound only by His motherís

devotion.

 

itidrik sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde

sva-ghosham nimajjantam akhyapayantam

tadiyeshita-jneshu bhaktair jitatvam

punah prematas tam shatavritti vande (3)

 

By childhood pastimes such as this, He perpetually immerses the inhabitants of

Gokula in pools of pure bliss, and through them informs the devotees desirous of

knowing His aspect of supreme opulence and majesty that He is conquered only by

those who are free from knowledge of His aishvarya - with great love I again and again

worship that Damodara Shri Krishna.

 

varam deva! moksham na mokshavadhim va

na canyam vrine íham vareshad apiha

idam te vapur natha! gopala-balam

sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih (4)

 

O Deva! Although You are capable of granting any boon, I do not pray to You for

liberation, eternal life in Vaikuntha, or for any other benediction [which may be

obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Natha! May Your form as a

cowherd boy forever remain manifest in my heart - besides this what is the use of any

other benediction?

 

idam te mukhambhojam avyakta-nilair

vritam kuntalaih snigdha-raktaish ca gopya

muhush cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me

manasy avirastam alam laksha-labhaih (5)

 

O Deva! May Your lotus-like face which is framed by Your cascading, glossy black

curling locks, which is kissed by Mother Yashoda over and over again, and which is

beautified by lips as red as ripe bimba fruits, always remain visible in my heart -

millions of other attainments are useless to me.

 

namo deva! damodarananta vishno!

prasida prabho! duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam

kripa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu

grihanesha! mam ajnam edhy akshi-drishyah (6)

 

Obeisances to You, O Deva! O Bhakta-Vatsala Damodara! O Ananta, who are endowed

with limitless potency! O all-pervading Vishnu! O my master! O supremely independent

Isha! Be pleased with me! I am sinking deeply into an ocean of sorrow - favor me by

showering the rain of Your merciful glance upon this surrendered soul who am so

pitifully fallen and grant me Your direct darshana.

 

kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat

tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau kritau ca

tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha

na mokshe graho me ísti damodareha (7)

 

O Damodara! Although You were bound to the mortar with ropes tied by Mother

Yashoda, You mercifully liberated the two sons of Kuvera who were cursed by Narada

to stand as trees and gifted them with Your own prema-bhakti. In the same way please

bestow upon this insignificant soul that same prema-bhakti. This is my sole longing

- I have no desire whatsoever for any other type of liberation.

 

namas te ístu damne sphurad dipti-dhamne

tvadiyodarayatha vishvasya dhamne

namo radhikayai tvadiya priyayai

namo ínanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam (8)

 

O Damodara! I offer pranama to the effulgent rope binding Your waist. I also offer

pranama to Your belly which is the source of the Brahman effulgence and the

mainstay of the entire universe. Time and again I offer pranama to Shrimati Radhika,

Your dearmost beloved, and I also offer pranama hundreds of times unto Your

wondrous, unlimited pastimes.