namas te ‘stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha visvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai
namo ‘nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam
O 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.
In the last verse of this beautiful ashtakam praising Lord Damodar, the one whose belly is bound, Sri Satyavrata Muni is offering his respectful obeisances first to the brilliantly effulgent rope that is binding the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is unlimited and the cause of all causes. Despite being the Lord of the entire universe and beyond the reach of even the greatest sages, he is bound by the rope of mother Yashoda’s love. He then offers his respects to the belly of the Lord, which is the abode of the entire universe, but which was still bound by the rope of the Gopi Yashoda. After profusely praising and relishing Vatsalya rasa and the pastimes of Lord Damodar, from whose lotus eyes tears mixed with Kajjal, black eye cosmetic, flow due to fear of the stick in his mother’s hand, he now pays respect to Srimati Radhika, who is the best amongst all the associates of Sri Krishna, and who possesses the highest limit of transcendental love for Sri Krishna and is therefore famous as Mahabhav Swaroopini, or the embodiment of Mahabhava. The previous acharyas have explained that the rasik bhaktas who are immersed in Madhurya bhava explain another meaning of the name Damodar. In various pastimes Sri Krishna’s cloth is tied by the Gopis to the veil of Srimati Radhika so that he cannot go anywhere else and is therefore securely tied to her. Understanding this exalted position of the Vraja Gopis and especially Srimati Radhika, Sri Satyavrata Muni is paying his humble obeisances at the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika. In the end, he concludes his prayers by offering unlimited obeisances to the lotus feet of his most beloved Lord Damodar, prema-bhakti to whose lotus feet is the only goal of Sri Satyavrata Muni.
In this way, Sri Satyavrata Muni has given this beautiful Damodarashtakam for the benefit of the jivas, who are eager to attain pure unalloyed love for Sri Damodar. One must therefore regularly read and recite these beautiful verses and contemplate on their deep import. Although one may and indeed should read this glorious ashtakam regularly throughout the year, the previous acharyas, especially Srila Sanatan Goswami in his Hari bhakti vilas, have instructed the devotees to daily recite these verses in the month of Damodar, which is the month when this pastime of Dama Bandhan took place, and which is also famous as Urjavrata, the month of Urjeshvari Srimati Radhika, and therefore for her pleasure also, one should recite these verses daily during this month of Kartik.