said: O King Parikshit, when Bali Maharaja was thus advised by his spiritual
master, Sukracharya, his family priest, he remained silent for some time, and
then, after full deliberation, he replied to his spiritual master as follows.
सत्यं भगवता प्रोक्तं धर्मोऽयं गृहमेधिनाम्।
you have already stated, the principle of religion (dharma) that does
not hinder one’s economic development, sense gratification, fame and means of
livelihood is the real occupational duty of the
householder. I also think that
his religious principle is correct.
Maharaja Prahlada. How can I withdraw my
promise because of greed for money when I have already said that I shall give
this land? How can I behave like an ordinary cheater, especially toward a
sinful than untruthfulness. Because of
this, mother earth once said, “I can bear any heavy thing except a person who
is a liar.”
fall-down from my position or even death itself as much as I fear cheating a
that all the material opulences of this world are certainly separated from
their possessor at death. Therefore, if
the brahmana Vamanadeva is not satisfied by whatever gifts one has given, why
not please Him with the riches one is destined to lose at death?
other great personalities were willing to sacrifice even their lives for the
benefit of the people in general. This
is the evidence of history. So why not
give up this insignificant land? What is
the serious consideration against it?
kings who were never reluctant to fight enjoyed this world, but in due course
of time everything they had was taken away, except their reputation, by which
they continue to exist. In other words,
one should try to achieve a good reputation instead of anything else.
many men have laid down their lives on the battlefield, being unafraid of
fighting, but rarely has one gotten the chance to give his accumulated wealth
faithfully to a saintly person who creates holy places.
benevolent and merciful person undoubtedly becomes even more auspicious,
especially when he gives charity to a person like your good self. Under the circumstances, I must give this
little brahmachari whatever charity He wants from me,
saintly persons like you, being completely aware of the Vedic principles for
performing ritualistic ceremonies and yajnas, worship Lord Vishnu in all
circumstances. Therefore, whether that
same Lord Vishnu has come here to give me all benedictions or to punish me as
an enemy, I must carry out His order and give Him the requested tract of land
Himself, out of fear He has covered Himself in the form of a brahmana to come
to me begging. Under the circumstances,
because He has assumed the form of a brahmana, even if he arrests me contrary to dharma as I am without
blame, I shall not retaliate, although He is my enemy.
worshiped by Vedic hymns, He would never give up His widespread reputation;
either He would lie down having been killed by me, or He would kill me in a
continued: Thereafter, the spiritual master, Sukracharya, being inspired by the
Supreme Lord, cursed his exalted disciple Bali Maharaja, who was so magnanimous
and fixed in truthfulness that instead of respecting his spiritual master’s
instructions, he wanted to disobey his order.
knowledge, you have become a so-called learned person, and therefore you dare
be so impudent as to disobey my order.
Because of disobeying me, you shall very soon be bereft of all our
cursed in this way by his own spiritual master, Bali Maharaja, being a great
personality, never deviated from his determination. Therefore, according to custom, he first
offered water to Vamanadeva and then offered Him the gift of land he had
known as Vindhyavali, who was decorated with a necklace of pearls, immediately
came and had a large golden waterpot brought there, full of water with which to
wirship the Lord by washing His feet.
worshiper of Lord Vamanadeva, jubilantly washed the Lord’s lotus feet and then
took the water on his head, for that water delivers the entire universe.
residents of the higher planetary system, namely demigods, the Gandharvas, the
Vidyadharas, the Siddhas and the Charanas, all being very pleased by Bali
Maharaja’s simple, non-duplicitous act, praised his qualities and showered upon
him millions of flowers.
Kimpurushas and Kinnaras sounded thousands of kettledrums and trumpets again
and again, and they sang in great jubilation, declaring, “How exalted a person
is Bali Maharaja, and what a difficult task he has performed! Even though he
knew that Lord Vishnu was on the side of his enemies, he nonetheless gave the
Lord the entire three worlds in charity.”
Personality of Godhead, who had assumed the form of Vamana, then began
increasing in size, acting in terms of the material energy, until everything in
the universe was within His body, including the earth, the planetary systems,
the sky, the directions, the various holes in the universe, the seas, the
oceans, the birds, the beasts, human beings, the demigods and the great saintly
all the priests, acharyas and members of the assembly, observed the Supreme
Personality of Godhead’s universal body, which was full of six opulences. That body contained everything within the
universe, including all the gross material elements, the senses, the sense
objects, the mind, intelligence and false ego, the various kinds of living
entities, and the actions and reactions of the three modes of material nature.
Maharaja, who was occupying the seat of King Indra, could see the lower
planetary systems, such as Rasatala, on the soles of the feet of the Lord’s
universal form. He saw on the Lord’s
feet the surface of the globe, on the surface of His calves all the mountains,
on His knees the various birds, and on His thighs the varieties of air.
the garments of the Lord, who acts wonderfully, the evening twilight. In the Lord’s private parts he saw the Prajapatis,
and in the round portion of the waist he saw himself with his confidential
associates. In the Lord’s navel he saw
the sky, on the Lord’s waist he saw the seven oceans, and on the Lord’s bosom
he saw all the clusters of stars.
heart of Lord Murari he saw dharma; on the chest, both pleasing words and
truthfulness; in the mind, the moon; on the bosom, the goddess of fortune, with
a lotus flower in her hand; on the neck, all the Vedas and all sound
vibrations; on the arms, all the demigods, headed by King Indra; in both ears,
all the directions; on the head, the upper planetary systems; on the hair, the
clouds; in the nostrils, the wind; on the eyes, the sun; and in the mouth,
fire. From his words came all the Vedic
mantras, on His tongue was the demigod of water, Varunadeva, on His eyebrows
were the regulative principles, on His eyelids were day and night. [When His
eyes were open it was daytime, and when they were closed it was night.] On his forehead was anger, and on His lips
was greed. O King, in His touch were
lusty desires, in His semen were all the waters, on His back was irreligion (adharma),
and in His wonderful activities or steps was the fire of sacrifice. On His shadow was death, in His smile was the
illusory energy (Maya), and on the hairs of His body were all the drugs
and herbs. In His veins were all rivers,
on His nails were all the stones, in His intelligence were Lord Brahma, the
demigods and the great saintly persons, and throughout His entire body and
senses were all living entities, moving and stationary. Bali Maharaja thus saw everything in the
gigantic body of the Lord.
demons, the followers of Maharaja Bali, saw the universal form of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, who held everything within His body, when they saw in
the Lord’s hand His disc, known as the Sudarsana chakra, which generates
intolerable heat, and when they heard
the tumultuous sound of His bow, all of these caused lamentation within their
named Panchajanya, which made sound like that of a cloud; the very
forceful club named Kaumodaki; the sword named Vidyadhara, with a
shield decorated with hundreds of moonlike spots; and also Akshayasayaka,
the best of quivers – all of these appeared together to offer prayers to the
by Sunanda and other chief associates and accompanied by all the predominating
deities of the various planets, offered prayers to the Lord, who wore a
brilliant helmet, bracelets, and glittering earrings that resembled fish. On the Lord’s bosom were the lock of hair
called Srivatsa and the transcendental jewel named Kaustubha. He wore a yellow garment, covered by a belt,
and He was decorated by a flower garland, surrounded by bees. Manifesting Himself in this way, O King, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose activities are wonderful, covered the
entire surface of the earth with one footstep, the sky with His body, and all
directions with His arms.
step, for the Lord’s foot extended higher and higher, beyond Maharloka,
Janaloka, Tapoloka and even Satyaloka.