What is the significance of this Kārtika month and Dāmodara-vrata? This month is called the month of dāmodara; dāmodara is He whose belly was bound by the rope of Mother Yaśodā. He was not actually bound by a rope—He was bound by prema, by pure vātsalya-bhāva (parental love). Kṛṣṇa is anādi—He has no beginning—and He is ananta—He has no end. Still, although He is Parambrahma, that unlimited, beginning-less and endless Supreme Lord can be bound and trapped by prema.
Therefore, this month is called Dāmodara-vrata, and those who observe it will attain the prema by which they can bind Parambrahma, the Supreme Lord. Those who can observe this vrata are very fortunate. Unless one has love like that of Mother Yaśodā, Kṛṣṇa cannot be bound. He cannot be bound by those who have a bodily conception.
October 28, 2002 Mathurā