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 Lord Brahma, who was born of lotus flower, saw that the
effulgence of his residence, Brahmaloka, had been reduced by the glaring
effulgence from the toenails of Lord Vamanadeva, he approached the Supreme
Personality of Godhead. Lord Brahma was
accompanied by all the great sages, headed by Marichi, and by yogis like
Sanandana, but in the presence of that glaring effulgence, O King, even Lord
Brahma and his associates seemed insignificant.
personalities who came to worship the lotus feet of the Lord were those who had
attained perfection in self-control (yama) and regulative principles (niyama),
as well as experts in logic, history, general education and the Vedic literature
known as kalpa [dealing with old historical incidents]. Others were experts in the Vedic corollaries
like Brahma-samhita, all the other knowledge of the Vedas [Rg, Yajur, Sama,
Atharva], and also the supplementary Vedic knowledge [Ayur-veda, Dhanur-veda
etc]. Others were those who had been
freed of the reactions to fruitive activities by transcendental knowledge
awakened by practice of yoga. And still others were those who attained
residence in Brahmaloka not by ordinary karma but by advanced Vedic
knowledge. After devotedly worshiping
the upraised lotus feet of the Supreme Lord with oblations of water, Lord
Brahma, who was born of the lotus emanating from Lord Vishnu’s naval, offered
prayers to the Lord.
Lord Brahma’s kamandalu washed the lotus feet of Lord Vamanadeva, who is
known as Urukrama, the wonderful actor.
Thus that water became so pure that it was transformed into the water of
the Ganges, which went flowing down from the sky, purifying the three worlds like
the pure fame of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
predominating deities of the various planetary systems began to worship Lord
Vamanadeva, their supreme master, who had reduced Himself from His
all-pervading form to His original form.
They collected all the ingredients and paraphernalia for his worship.
by offering fragrant flowers, water, padya and arghya, sandalwood pulp and
aguru pulp, incense, lamps, fused rice, unbroken grains, fruits roots and
sprouts. While so doing, they offered
prayers indicating the glorious activities of the Lord and shouted “Jaya! Jaya!.”
They also danced, played instruments, sang, sounded conch shells and beat kettledrums,
in this way worshiping the Lord.
bears, also joined in the ceremony. Sounding his bugle in all directions, he
declared a great festival for Lord Vamadeva’s victory.
followers of Maharaja Bali saw that their master, who had been determined in
performing sacrifice, had lost all his possessions to Vamanadeva, who had taken
them away on the plea of begging three paces of land, they were very angry and
spoke as follows.
not a brahmana but the best of cheaters, Lord Vishnu. Assuming the form of a brahmana, He has
covered His own form, and thus He is working for the interests of the demigods.”
because of his position in performing the yajna, has given up the power
to punish. Taking advantage of this, our eternal enemy, Vishnu, dressed in the
form of a brahmachari beggar, has taken away all his possessions”.
Maharaja, is always fixed in truthfulness, and this is especially so at
present, since he has been initiated into performing a sacrifice. He is always kind and merciful toward the
brahmanas, and he cannot at any time speak lies.”
to kill this Vamanadeva, Lord Vishnu. It
is our religious principle (dharma) and the way to serve our master.” After making this decision, the demoniac
followers of Maharaja Bali took up their various weapons with a view to killing
aggravated by their usual anger, took their lances and tridents in hand, and
against the will of Bali Maharaja they pushed forward to kill Vamanadeva.
associates of Lord Vishnu saw the soldiers of the demons coming forward in
violence, they smiled. Taking up their
weapons, they forbade the demons to continue their attempt.
prabala, Bala, Kumuda, kumudaksha, Vishwaksena, Garuda, Jayanta, Shrutadeva,
Pushpadanta and Satvata were all associates of Lord Vishnu. They were all as powerful as ten thousand
elephants, and now they began killing the soldiers of the demons.
being killed by the associates of Lord Vishnu, he remembered the curse of
Sukracharya and forbade his soldiers to continue fighting.
Nemi, please hear my words! don’t fight.
Stop immediately, for the present time is not in our favour.
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who can bring happiness and distress to all
Person, was previously in our favour and not in favour of the demigods, but now
that same time factor is against us.
time representation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead by material power, by
the counsel of ministers, by intelligence, by fortresses, by mystic mantras, by
drugs, by herbs, by diplomacy or any other means.
defeated a great number of such followers of Lord Vishnu. But today those same followers, having
defeated us, are roaring in jubilation like lions.
able to gain victory. Therefore we must
wait for that favourable time when our defeating them will be possible.
continued: O King, in accordance with the order of their master, Bali Maharaja,
all the chiefs of the demons and the Daityas entered the lower regions of the
universe, to which they were driven by the soldiers of Vishnu.
sacrifice was finished, Garuda, king of the birds, understanding the desire of
his master, arrested Bali Maharaja with ropes of Varuna.
who is the most powerful, there was a great roar of lamentation in all
directions throughout the upper and lower planetary systems of the universe.
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vamanadeva, then spoke to Bali Maharaja, the
most liberal and celebrated personality whom He had arrested with the ropes of
Varuna. Bali Maharaja had lost all
bodily lustre, but he was nonetheless fixed in his determination.
three steps of land, but I have occupied the entire universe with two steps.
Now think about where I should put My third.
far as the clouds pour rain, all the land throughout the universe is in your
Bhurloka, and with My body I have occupied the entire sky and all
directions. And in your presence, with
My second step, I have occupied the upper planetary system.
to your promise, the rule is that you should go down to live in the hellish
planets. Therefore, in accordance with
the order of Sukracharya, your spiritual master, now go down and live
fulfilling one’s desires, one who does not properly give a beggar what he has
promised falls down to a hellish condition of life.
to give Me land, but you could not fulfill your promise. Therefore, because your promise was false,
you must live for a few years in hellish life.