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Album II

 

 

Dāmodarāshthaka


Text: Satyavrata Muni (Vyāsa deva)
Melody: traditional
Singer: Anand Aadhar Prabhu and Sakhya d.d
Duration: 9 min. 21
Date: 11 Nov. 2020





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S'rī Dāmodarāshthaka

(from the Padma Purāna)

 

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)
namāmīs'varam sac-cid-ānanda-rūpam
To the Lord whose form is ever to know glee,

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

(D AIII Em)
yas'odā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānam
Yasodha's yogurt-pot he broke stealing the butter,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
parāmrishtham atyantato drutya-gopyā     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)
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātanka-netram     R
looking afraid with the pearl string on his neck.

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

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



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

(3)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
itīdrik sva-līlābhir ānanda-kunde
This childplay submerges Vrindavana in happiness,

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

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

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

 

(4)

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

(Bm G F#m Bm)
na cānyam vrine 'ham vares'ād apīha     R
I long for no heaven or for another boon,

(D AIII Em)
idam te vapur nātha gopāla-bālam
Your form Bala-Aopal ever in my heart,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
sadā me manasy āvirāstām 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 mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
O Lord Your face, with black hair glowing red,

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

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

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

 

(6)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
namo deva dāmodarānanta vishno
I honor You Dāmodhar, Ananta Vishnu

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

(D AIII Em)
kripā-drishthi-vrishthyāti-dīnam batānu-
Merciful casting Your glance frees this fool,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
grihānes'a mām ajńam 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)
kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
The way You set Kuvera's sons free from the curse,

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

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

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

 

(8)

(Bm Em Bm Em)
namas te 'stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne
First of all o lord I honor your bellies cord,

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

(D AIII Em)
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai
Humly I bow for your sweetheart Rādhā,

(Bm G F#m Bm)
namo 'nanta-līlāya devāya 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 Dāmodarāshthaka


(found in the Padma Purāna of Krsna Dvaipāyana Vyāsa, spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Nārada Muni and Saunaka Rsi)

"In the month of Kārtika one should worship Lord Dāmodara and daily recite the prayer known as Dāmodarāshthaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Dāmodara." (S'rī Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 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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