Devotee Prayers

ŚRĪ DĀMODARĀṢṬAKAM

We present Śrī Babaji’s translations of the famous Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭaka from the Padma Purāṇa. The recitation of this prayer is especially performed in the month of Kārtika –

“In the month of Kārtika, one should worship Śrī Dāmodara and daily recite
the prayer known as Dāmodarāṣṭaka, which has been spoken by the sage
Satyavrata and which attracts Śrī Dāmodara.” (Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 2.16.198)”

(1)

namāmīśvaraṁ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaṁ
lasat-kuṇḍalaṁ gokule bhrājamanam
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaṁ
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā

I bow down to the Supreme Regulator, Śrī Kṛṣṇa in Gokula. His eternal and
blissful form flees from the mortar out of fear of Mother Yaśodā, with His
beautiful earrings swaying to and fro. She chases Him swiftly and finally
catches Him.

(2)

rudantaṁ muhur netra-yugmaṁ mṛjantam
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātaṅka-netram
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāṅka-kaṇṭhasthita-
graivaṁ dāmodaraṁ bhakti-baddham

He is rubbing His fearful eyes with His two lotus hands while the necklace
around His three-lined neck trembles from His hurried breathing. I bow down
to Dāmodara, who is bound by bhakti.

(3)

itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
sva-ghoṣaṁ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvaṁ
punaḥ prematas taṁ śatāvṛtti vande

Thus displaying His beautiful pastimes, He immerses the residents of Vraja in
pools of bliss and teaches those devotees who are overly concerned with His
majesty that He is controlled only by the sweet love of His devotees. To this
Dāmodara I bow down hundreds of times.

(4)

varaṁ deva mokṣaṁ na mokṣāvadhiṁ vā
na cānyaṁ vṛṇe ‘haṁ vareṣād apīha
idaṁ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaṁ
sadā me manasy āvirāstāṁ kim anyaiḥ

O Deva! O Boon-giver! I do not ask You for liberation or even for residence
in Vaikuṇṭha. O Master! What I want is that the beautiful form of this child,
Gopāla, may ever manifest in my mind. What is the use of any other boon?

(5)

idaṁ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
vṛtaṁ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitaṁ bimba-raktādharaṁ me
manasy āvirāstām alaṁ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ

This lotus face of Yours, which is encircled by very dark black locks of hair with
reddish tinge, and which has reddish lips like a bimba fruit, is kissed by Yaśodā
again and again. May this image manifest in my mind. There is no benefit of
having millions of other benedictions.

(6)

namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaṁ batānu
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ

O Deva! O Dāmodara! O Ananta! O Viṣṇu! O Master! I am drowning in an
ocean of suffering. Be gracious and mercifully glance at me, O Lord, accepting
me despite my very lowly and ignorant state. Please be manifest to my vision.

(7)

kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktiṁ svakāṁ me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ’sti dāmodareha

O Dāmodara! You rescued Kuvera’s two sons and granted them bhakti even
while You Yourself were bound. In the same way, please grant Your loving
devotion to me. I belong to You and have no interest in liberation.

(8)

namas te ’stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai
namo ’nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam

I bow down to Your belly, the abode of the whole universe. I bow down to the
brilliantly effulgent rope that bound Your belly. I bow down to Śrī Rādhikā,
who is very dear to You. I bow down to You, who manifest innumerable divine
pastimes.

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