Damodarashtakam Verse 3

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itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde
sva-ghosam nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyesita-jnesu bhaktair jitatvam
punah prematas tam satavrtti vande

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 imbued 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.

In this verse Satyavrata Muni is establishing the Supremacy of Madhurya over Aishwarya and how the Supreme Lord is only conquered by the pure love of the devotees who are devoid of all conceptions of his being the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Vrajavasis consider Sri Krishna to be their dear most friend or child or beloved. They think of him simply as a cowherd boy and as the son of Maharaj Nanda, completely overlooking his position as Bhagawan, even despite the fact that sometimes, due to some pastime that Krishna performs, his extraordinary potencies are very clearly visible. They are attached to Sri Krishna as their very own friend and family, just as it can be seen in the relationships of this world. Therefore the previous acharyas have said that we should develop loakik swa bandhuvat priti or attachment just like it can be seen amongst near and dear ones in this material world. The Vrajavasis are not at all concerned with his being God, they simply love him, oblivious to any other consideration. Even when he lifted the Govardhan hill, or mother Yashoda saw the entire universe in her son’s mouth, still the vrajavasis did not consider him to be anyone but their very own child. They simply considered it to be the blessings of Lord Narayan that they were saved from all the various calamities, but never did they even conceive the idea of Krishna being the Lord. And it is this love of theirs, which is free from even the slightest tinge of awe and reverence, that Krishna gets attracted to. Indeed Krishna relishes his pastimes with these devotees of his, in which the Lord of the entire universe carries the shoes of his father upon his head, the unconquerable Lord gets defeated in wrestling matches by his fellow cowherd friends, and the proprietor of the entire creation goes and steals butter from the houses of the elderly Gopis of Vraja. Krishna himself says that the harsh and rebuking words of the Vraja ramanis, when they chastise him for going to Chandravalli at the time when he was actually supposed to meet with Srimati Radhika, are more pleasing to him than the hymns of the vedas. And it is this love of the vrajavasis that is being glorified in this verse of the Damodarashtakam.