namo deva damodarananta visno
prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam
grhanesa mam ajnam edhy aksi-drsyah
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.
In the sixth verse of the Damodarashtakam prayers, sung daily by all Gaudiya Vaishnavas during the month of Kartik, Satyavrata Muni is praying for the Lord’s mercyful glance which shall deliver him from the ocean of worldly sorrows. Referring to himself as a poor ignorant soul shows the quality of utmost humility in Satyavrata Muni and this humility is a sign of a great Vaishnava. By reciting this prayer, we should also try to imbibe the humility depicted herein, for being humble is an essential quality that all aspiring vaishnavas must bring into their personality. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has also stated in the 3rd verse of Sri Shikshashtakam:
trinad api sunichena
taror api sahishnuna
kirtaniyah sada harih
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.
When one thus imbibes this mood of meekness, the sadhaka can dedicate himself completely to the practice of Krishna Consciousness, without being deviated by the obstacles of false prestige and ego.
This verse also shows Satyavrata Muni’s complete dependence upon the mercy of the Lord. This is the true mood of the Vaishnavas. Considering themselves to be completely insignificant, all the Vaishnavas take complete shelter of the Lotus feet of the Lord, giving up all false ego of being the doer and thus they are freed from the reactions of all activities, as all activities are then performed as a service to the Lord and are therefore on the transcendental platform.
The verse also indicates to how the material world is dukhalaya, or a place full of sorrows. One should not be deceived by the fleeting, temporary and dry happiness of this material realm, which is just like a mirage in the desert. Rather one should take shelter of the Lotus feet of Lord Damodar and experience the zenith of all transcendental eternal bliss in the form of loving exchanges with Sri Shyamsundar in one of the moods as seen in the residents of Golok Vrindavan.
These great personalities have given these beautiful verses for our benefit, so that we may be able to understand and imbibe all these transcendental qualities in us and experience love of Godhead. Therefore, we must read these verses with great faith and try to apply their teachings into our daily practice of Krishna Consciousness.