Sri Damodarashtakam of Satyavrata Muni is very important for Gaudiya Vaishnavas, and for this reason Srila Sanatana Goswami has written a commentary illuminating these verses for deeper understanding and appreciation.
The holiest month in Hinduism, Kartik month is also known as Damodara Maasa.
Originally from the Padma Purana, Sri Damodarashtakam is recited during a conversation between Narada Muni and Saunaka Rishi. A benediction accompanies these verses. It is said that anyone who recites or even hears this prayer, especially in the month of Kartik, will attract the eternal shelter of devotional service at the lotus feet of Sri Damodara. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 16.1.198).
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lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam
paramrstam atyantato drutya gopya
To the Supreme Lord, whose form embodies eternity, knowledge, and bliss, whose earrings swing to and fro, who shines beautifully in Gokula, who quickly ran from the grinding mortar in fear of mother Yashoda, and who was caught from behind by her, who ran faster than He—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.
Satyavrata Muni begins with the offering of obeisances (namami) as an auspicious invocation, mangalacarana. He invokes the mercy of Lord Damodara to empower him to offer this prayer by the word ishvara, the supreme controller.
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham
[Upon seeing His mother’s stick,] He cried and rubbed His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes were fearful, and His quick breathing shook the strand of pearls on His neck, which bore three lines like a conchshell’s. To that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound with the ropes of His mother’s pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.
sva-ghosam nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyesita-jnesu bhaktair jitatvam
punah prematas tam satavrtti vande
With these superexcellent childhood pastimes Lord Krishna drowned the residents of Gokula in pools of ecstasy. In this way He declared to those absorbed in knowledge of His majesty and opulence: “I am conquered only by My pure loving devotees.” With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.
varam deva moksam na moksavadhim va
na canyam vrne ’ham varesad apiha
idam te vapur natha gopala-balam
sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih
O Lord, though You can award all kinds of benedictions, I pray to You neither for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor for the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor for any other such boon. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrindavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what use do I have for any other boon besides this?
idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair-
vrtam kuntalaih snigdha-raktais ca gopya
muhus cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me
manasy avirastam alam laksa-labhaih
O Lord, again and again mother Yashoda kisses Your lotus face, which is framed by locks of soft black hair tinged with red and beautified by Your lips colored red like the bimba fruit. May this vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.
namo deva damodarananta visno
prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam
grhanesa mam ajnam edhy aksi-drsyah
O Supreme Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O Lord, be pleased upon me. Shower me with Your merciful glances and deliver this poor ignorant fool immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.
kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yad-vat
tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau krtau ca
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha
na mokse graho me ‘sti damodareha
O Lord Damodara, as a baby tied to a grinding mortar, You delivered Kuvera’s two sons from the curse of Narada and made them into great devotees. In the same way, please give me pure loving devotion for You. I long for this alone and have no desire for any kind of liberation.
namas te ‘stu damne sphurad dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha visvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya priyayai
namo ‘nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam
O Lord Damodara, obeisances unto the brilliantly effulgent rope binding Your belly! Obeisances unto Your belly, the abode of the entire universe! Obeisances unto Your dearmost beloved, Srimati Radharani! And obeisances unto You, O Lord, who display unlimited pastimes!