rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham
(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.
In this beautiful second verse of Damodarashtakam composed by Sri Satyavrata Muni, the transcendental pastimes of Damodar are being further explained. Although he is the Supreme Lord, he is acting just like an ordinary human child,who, seeing the stick in his mother’s hand, is scared and is rubbing his lotus eyes with his two small hands while crying incessantly, fearing being punished by his mother. Due to his constantly rubbing his eyes, the black Kajal or eye cosmetics is being washed away and smeared over his face. The great acharyas have explained that the tears that have mixed with the Kajal and are thus dark, appear like the river Yamuna, while the tears which are white due to the Kajal having already been washed away, appear like the river ganga, thus these two streams of tears appear like the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Satyavrata Muni is further explaining how the pearl necklaces hanging around Krishna’s Neck, which is marked by three auspicious lines, are quivering due to his intense sobbing and quick breathing. It is only due to the unfathomable love that mother Yashoda has for her dear son Krishna, that Krishna’s aishwarya or opulence gets covered by his madhurya or sweetness, and that same Supreme Lord, the master of the entire universe, acts just like her small baby son. It is to this most enchanting form of the Lord, who is bound, not by ropes, but by the love of his dear mother Yashoda, that Satyavrata Muni offers his respects.