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Dâmodarâshthaka

Text: Satyavrata Muni (Vyâsa deva)
Melody: traditional
Singer: Anand Aadhar Prabhu
Duration: 9 min. 21
Date: 11 Oct. 2004





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S'rî Dâmodarâshthaka

(from the Padma Purâna)

 

Intro:

(Bm Em Bm A Bm Em F#m Bm Bm A G F#m
Bm A G F#m Bm D A Em Bm G Em F#m Bm)

(1)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
namâmîs'varam sac-cid-ânanda-rûpam
To the Lord whose form is ever to know glee,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
lasat-kundalam gokule bhrâjamânam     R
His earrings swinging, the brilliance of Gokul,

(D AIII Em)
yas'odâ-bhiyolûkhalâd dhâvamânam
Yasodha's yogurt-pot he broke stealing the butter,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
parâmrishtham atyantato drutya-gopyâ     R
running she seized Him, my respect unto Him.

 

(2)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam
Seeing the stick He cries rubbing His eyes,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
karâmbhoja-yugmena sâtanka-netram     R
looking afraid with the pearl string on his neck.

(D AIII Em)
muhuh s'vâsa-kampa-trirekhânka-kanthha-
No rope can bind Him, only love can,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
sthita-graivam dâmodaram bhakti-baddham     R
To this Lord Dâmodar' all my respect,



(Bm A G F#m Em D C#dim Bmin -2 x)

(3)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
itîdrik sva-lîlâbhir ânanda-kunde
This childplay submerges Vrindavana in happiness,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
sva-ghosham nimajjantam âkhyâpayantam     R
and shows devotees how to know Him with wisdom.

(D AIII Em)
tadîyeshita-jneshu bhaktair jitatvam
The full of Him intimate knows free and devoted,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
punah prematas tam s'atâvritti vande     R
full of admiration and full of awe.

 

(4)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
varam deva moksham na mokshâvadhim vâ
O Lord you grant freedom but impersonal no,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
na cânyam vrine 'ham vares'âd apîha     R
I long for no heaven or for another boon,

(D AIII Em)
idam te vapur nâtha gopâla-bâlam
Your form Bala-Aopal ever in my heart,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
sadâ me manasy âvirâstâm kim anyaih     R
no other favor has any meaning to me.



(Bm A G F#m Em D C#dim Bmin -2 x)

(5)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
idam te mukhâmbhojam atyanta-nîlair
O Lord Your face, with black hair glowing red,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
vritam kuntalaih snigdha-raktais' ca gopyâ     R
is kissed by Yasodha, Your Bimba-lips red as the fruit,

(D AIII Em)
muhus' cubitam bimba-raktâdharam me
May your sweet face be forever in My heart,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
manasy âvirâstâm alam laksha-lâbhaih     R
Thousands of other favors are of no avail.

 

(6)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
namo deva dâmodarânanta vishno
I honor You Dâmodhar, Ananta Vishnu

(Bm G F#m Bm)
prasîda prabho duhkha-jâlâbdhi-magnam     R
O master, my Lord be pleased with me.

(D AIII Em)
kripâ-drishthi-vrishthyâti-dînam batânu-
Merciful casting Your glance frees this fool,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
grihânes'a mâm ajñam edhy akshi-dris'yah     R
who thus may see You in his worldy grief.



(Bm A G F#m Em D C#dim Bmin -2 x)

 

(7)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
kuverâtmajau baddha-mûrtyaiva yadvat
The way You set Kuvera's sons free from the curse,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
tvayâ mocitau bhakti-bhâjau kritau ca     R
planting devotion as a baby to the block,

(D AIII Em)
tathâ prema-bhaktim svakâm me prayaccha
Please grant me too Your loving devotion,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
na mokshe graho me 'sti dâmodareha     R
that's all I desire, no other freedom.

 

(8)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
namas te 'stu dâmne sphurad-dîpti-dhâmne
First of all o lord I honor your bellies cord,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
tvadîyodarâyâtha vis'vasya-dhâmne     R
than the belly itself that carries the universe,

(D AIII Em)
namo râdhikâyai tvadîya-priyâyai
Humly I bow for your sweetheart Râdhâ,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
namo 'nanta-lîlâya devâya tubhyam     R
next then to You O lord of infinite joy.

Exit:

(Bm Em Bm A Bm Em F#m Bm Bm A G F#m
Bm A G F#m Bm D A Em Bm G Em F#m Bm

 

 

(Chords harmonium)

 

 

Sri Dâmodarâshthaka


(found in the Padma Purâna of Krsna Dvaipâyana Vyâsa, spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Nârada Muni and Saunaka Rsi)

"In the month of Kârtika one should worship Lord Dâmodara and daily recite the prayer known as Dâmodarâshthaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Dâmodara." (S'rî Hari-bhakti-vilâsa 2.16.198)

 

TRANSLATION

(1)

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 Gokula, who I (due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing) is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed--to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(2)

(Seeing the whipping stick in His mother's hand,) He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again 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 conch shell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother's pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

(3)

By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbues with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.

(4)

0 Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon (which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti). O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrndavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?

(5)

O Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yasoda, and Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.

(6)

O Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.

(7)

0 Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera--Manigriva and Nalakuvara--were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.

(8)

0 Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances 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.

 

 

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