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Book Review: Sri-Damodara-janani - The Perfect Kartika Read

By: for ISKCON News on Oct. 2, 2017
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"How could anyone triumph over Me, of infinite power and endless proportions?"

Sri Damodara-janani is the latest book from Sivarama Swami and the fourth volume of the Krishna in Vrndavana series, a unique retelling of the damodara-lila that weaves a captivating tale of the glories of Mother Yasoda.

No other person has ever received the unique mercy that Krishna showed His own mother, teaching devotees for all time that the binding force of love for Him is more powerful than even His own supreme will. A lila that stopped the demigods in their tracks, captivated the residents of Gokula, and even stunned the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, this most powerful and beautifully scripted spotlight on Mother Yasoda is a revelation that will bind the devotees’ hearts, and in turn, detail the path to hopefully binding the heart of our beloved Sri Krishna.

The book's cover

The perfect reading material and meditation during the auspicious month of Kartika, Sivarama Swami explains relevant verses from the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam based on the commentaries of previous acaryas. Maharaja digs deep into this pastime and shares details that are rarely heard, explaining the truths of divine love in the form of a fascinating narrative that enables the reader to become absorbed in the wondrous exchanges of love that surprise the Supreme Lord Himself:

Krishna was fascinated. How was this happening? “All the ropes in creation cannot bind Me. How could they? My form is made of bliss, knowledge, power and consciousness.  How could anyone hope to contain Me, Who has no inside or outside, Who is inside and outside everything, Who has no beginning or end, Who is the beginning and end of everything? How could anyone triumph over Me, of infinite power and endless proportions? But I feel that this gopi-queen is doing just that.”

And she was!

The tide had turned in the battle of wills.

Impelled by His krpa-sakti, the all-powerful Lord had decided to allow Mother Yasoda to bind Him.

Sri Damodara-janani’s eloquent narrations are illustrated with original full-colour artwork.

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Look for a detailed feature in the 2017 September-October issue of Back to Godhead magazine.

To order your copy visit: http://www.srsbooks.com/sivarama-swami-all-books/

The book's author Sivarama Swami was born in Budapest in 1949. He became an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1973, and accepted sannyasa, the renounced order of life, in 1979. He has served for over 30 years as a member of the Governing Body Commission and is responsible for leading their efforts in Hungary.

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