translation is largely based on that of the disciples of His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad Bhagavatam”
published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
continued: When the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vamanadeva, heard Bali
Maharaja speaking in this pleasing way, He was very satisfied, for Bali
Maharaja had spoken in terms of religious principles (dharma). Thus the Lord began to praise him.
of Godhead said: O King, you are indeed exalted because your present advisors
are the brahmanas who are descendants of Bhrgu and because your instructor for
your future life is your grandfather, the peaceful and venerable Prahlada
Maharaja. Your statements are very true,
and they completely agree with religious etiquette. They are in keeping with the behaviour of
your family, and they enhance your reputation.
now, no one taking birth in your family has been poor-minded or miserly. No one has refused to give charity to
Brahmans, nor after promising to give charity has anyone failed to fulfill his
your dynasty has the low-minded king been born who upon being requested has
refused charity to brahmanas in holy places or a fight to kshatriyas on a
battlefield. And your dynasty is even
more glorious due to the presence of Prahlada Maharaja, who is like the
beautiful moon in the sky.
Carrying only his own club (mace), he wandered the globe alone, without
assistance, to conquer all directions, and no hero he met could rival him.
from the Garbhodaka Sea, Lord Vishnu, in His incarnation as a boar, killed Hiranyaksha,
who had appeared before him. The fight
was severe, and the Lord killed Hiranyaksha with great difficulty. Later, as
the Lord thought about the uncommon prowess of Hiranyaksha, He did not consider
Himself really victorious.
heard the news of his brother’s being
killed, with great anger he went to the residence of Vishnu, the killer of his
brother, wanting to kill Lord Vishnu.
coming forward bearing a trident in his hand like personified death, Lord
Vishnu, the best of all mystics and the knower of the progress of time, thought
Hiranyakasipu will follow Me, as death follows all living entities. Therefore it is better for Me to enter the
core of his heart, for then, because of his power to see only externally, he
will not see Me.
continued: O King of the demons, after Lord Vishnu made this decision, He
entered the body of His enemy Hiranyakasipu, who was running after Him with
great force. In a subtle body
inconceivable to Hiranyakasipu, Lord Vishnu, who was in great anxiety, entered
Hiranyakasipu’s nostril along with his breath.
abode of Lord Vishnu was vacant, Hiranyakasipu began searching for Lord Vishnu
everywhere. Angry at not seeing Him,
Hiranyakasipu screamed loudly and searched the entire universe, including the surface
of the earth, the higher planetary systems, all directions and all the caves
and oceans. But Hiranyakasipu, the greatest hero, did not see Vishnu anywhere.
Hiranyakasipu said, “I have searched the entire universe, but I could not find
Vishnu, who has killed my brother.
Therefore, He must certainly have gone to that place from which no one
returns [In other words, He must now be dead]
against Lord Vishnu persisted until his death.
Other people in the bodily concept of life maintain anger only because
of false ego and the great influence of ignorance.
the son of Maharaja Prahlada, was very affectionate toward brahmanas. Although he knew very well that it was the
demigods who had come to him in the dress of brahmanas, at their request he delivered
to them the duration of his life.
the principles followed by great personalities who are householder brahmanas,
by your forefathers and by great heroes who are extremely famous for their
from Your Majesty, best among those who give charity munificently, I ask only three
paces of land measured by my steps.
entire universe, although you are very munificent and are able to give Me as
much land as I want, I do not want anything from you that is unnecessary. If a learned brahmana takes charity from
others only according to his needs, he does not become entangled in sinful
are as good as those of learned and elderly persons. Nonetheless, You are a boy, and Your
intelligence is insufficient. Thus You
are not very prudent in regard to Your self-interest.
entire island because I am the proprietor of the three divisions of the
universe. You have come to take
something from me and have pleased me by Your sweet words, but You are asking
only three paces of land. Therefore You
are not very intelligent.
approaches me to beg something should not have to ask anything more,
anywhere. Therefore, if You wish, You
may ask from me as much land as will suffice to maintain You according Your
the entirety of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s
senses cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.
with three paces of land, then surely I would not be satisfied even with
possessing one of the seven islands, consisting of nine varshas. Even if I possess one island, I would hope to
get all the seven islands..
Prthu and Maharaja Gaya achieved proprietorship over the seven dvipas,
they could not achieve satisfaction or find the end of their ambitions.
with whatever he achieves by his previous destiny, for discontent can never
bring happiness. A person who is not self-controlled will not be happy even
with possessing the three worlds.
discontent in regard to fulfilling one’s lusty desires and accumulating more
and more wealth. This is the cause for
the continuation of material life, which is full of repeated birth and
death. But one who is satisfied by
that which is obtained by destiny is fit
for liberation from this material existence.
satisfied with whatever is providentially obtained is increasingly enlightened
with spiritual power, but the spiritual potency of a dissatisfied brahmana
decreases, as fire diminishes in potency when water is sprinkled upon it.
you, the best of those who give charity, I ask only three paces of land. By such a gift I shall be very pleased, for
the way of happiness is to be fully satisfied to receive that which is
continued: When the Supreme Personality
of Godhead had thus spoken to Bali Maharaja, Bali smiled and told Him, “Alright,
Take whatever You like.” To confirm his promise to give Vamanadeva the desired
land, he then took up his water jug.
purpose, Sukracharya, the best of the learned, immediately spoke as follows to
his disciple, who was about to offer everything to Lord Vamanadeva.
of Virochana, this brahmachari in the form of a dwarf is directly the
imperishable Supreme Personality of godhead, Vishnu. Accepting Kashyapa Muni as His father and
Aditi as His mother, He has now appeared in order to fulfill the interests of
accepted by promising to give Him land, I do not think that this promise is
good for you. It will bring great harm
to the demons.
appearing as a brahmachari is actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Hari, who has come in this form to take away all your land, wealth, beauty,
power, fame and education. After taking
everything from you, He will deliver it to Indra, your enemy.
Him three steps of land in charity, but when you give it He will occupy the
three worlds. You are a fool! You do not know what a great mistake you have
made. After giving everything to Lord
Vishnu, You will have no means of livelihood.
How then shall you live?
occupy the three worlds with one step, then He will take His second step and
occupy everything in outer space, and then He will expand His universal body to
occupy everything. Where will you offer
Him the third step?
unable to fulfill your promise, and I think that because of this inability your
eternal residence will be in hell.
praise that charity which endangers one’s own livelihood. Charity, sacrifice, austerity and fruitive
activities are possible for one who is competent to earn his livelihood
properly. [They are not possible for one
who cannot maintain himself.]
full knowledge should divide his accumulated wealth in five parts – for religion
(dharma), for reputation, for opulence, for sense gratification and for
the maintenance of his family members.
Such a person is happy in this world and in the next.
already promised, how can you refuse? O best of the demons, just take from me
the evidence of the Bahvrcha-sruti, which says that a promise is
truthful preceded by the word Om and untruthful if not.
factual result of the tree of the body is the good fruits and flowers derived
from it. But if the bodily tree does not
exist, there is no possibility of factual fruits and flowers. Even if the body is based on untruth, there cannot
be factual fruits and flowers without the help of the bodily tree.
it immediately falls down and begins to dry up.
Similarly, if one doesn’t take care of the body, which is supposed to be
untruth – in other words, if the untruth is uprooted – the body undoubtedly
“om” signifies separation from one’s monetary assets. In other words, by uttering this word one
becomes free from attachment to money because his money is taken away from
him. To be without money is not very
satisfactory, for in that position one cannot fulfill one’s desires. In other words, by using the word “Om” one
becomes poverty-stricken. Especially
when one gives charity to a poor man or beggar, one remains unfulfilled in
self-realization and in sense gratification.
course is to say no. Although it is a
false-hood, it protects one completely, it draws the compassion of others
toward oneself. Nonetheless, if one
always pleads that he has nothing, he is condemned, for he is a dead body while
living, or while still breathing he should be killed.
bring her under control, in joking, in a marriage ceremony, in earning one’s
livelihood, when one’s life is in danger, in protecting cows and brahminical
culture, or in protecting a person from an enemy’s hand, falsity is never condemned.