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]
When the supreme, ancient, eternal Personality of Godhead had thus spoken to
Bali Maharaja, who is universally accepted as a pure devotee of the Lord and
therefore a great soul, Bali Maharaja, his eyes filled with tears, hands folded
and his voice faltering in devotional ecstasy, responded as follows.
a wonderful effect there is in even attempting to offer respectful obeisances
to You! I merely endeavoured to offer You obeisances, but nonetheless the
attempt was as successful as those of pure devotees. The causeless mercy You have shown to me, a
fallen demon, was never achieved even by the demigods or the leaders of the
continued: After speaking in this way, Bali Maharaja offered his obeisances
first to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, and then to Lord Brahma and
Lord Siva. Thus he was released from the
bondage of the ropes of Varuna, and in
full satisfaction he entered the planet known as Sutala.
proprietorship of the heavenly planets to Indra and having fulfilled the desire
of Aditi, mother of the demigods, the Supreme Personality of Godhead ruled the
affairs of the universe.
heard how Bali Maharaja, his grandson and descendant, had been released from
bondage and had achieved the benediction of the Lord, he spoke as follows in a
tone of greatly ecstatic devotion.
Supreme Personality of Godhead, You are universally worshiped; even Lord Brahma
and Lord Siva worship Your lotus feet.
Yet although You are such a great personality, You have kindly promised
to protect us, the demons. I think that
such kindness has never been achieved even by Lord Brahma, Lord Siva or the
goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, what to speak of other demigods or common people.
everyone, great personalities like Brahma enjoy their perfection simply by
tasting the honey of rendering service at Your lotus feet. But as for us, who are all rogues and
debauchees born of a envious family of demons, how have we received Your mercy?
It has been possible only because Your mercy is causeless.
are all wonderfully performed by Your inconceivable spiritual energy; and by
her perverted reflection, the material energy.
You have created all the universes.
As the Supersoul of all living entities, You are aware of everything,
and therefore You are certainly equal toward everyone, Nonetheless, You favour
Your devotees. This is not partiality,
however, for Your characteristic is just like that of a desire tree, which
yields everything according to one’s desire.
of Godhead said: My dear son Prahlada, all good fortune unto you. For the time being, please go to the place
known as Sutala and there enjoy happiness with your grandson and your other
relatives and friends.
Prahlada Maharaja: You will be able to see Me there in My usual feature with
conch shell, disc, club and lotus in My hand.
Because of your transcendental bliss due to always personally seeing Me,
you have no further bondage to fruitive activities.
Bali Maharaja, my dear King Parikshit, Prahlada Maharaja, the master of all
chiefs of the demons, took the Supreme Lord’s order on his head with folded
hands. After saying yes to the Lord,
circumambulating Him and offering Him respectful obeisances, he entered the
lower planetary system known as Sutala.
thereafter addressed Sukracharya, who was sitting nearby in the midst of the
assembly with the priests [brahma, hota, udgata and adhvaryu]. O
Maharaja Parikshit , these priests were all brahma-vadis, followers of the
Vedic principles for performing sacrifices.
fault or discrepancy in your disciple Bali Maharaja, who engaged in performing
sacrifices. This fault will be nullified
when judged in the presence of qualified brahmanas.
enjoyer and lawgiver in all performances of sacrifice, and You are the yajna-purusha,
the person to whom all sacrifices are offered. If one has fully satisfied You, where is the
chance of discrepancies or faults in his performances of sacrifice?
the mantras and observing the regulative principles, and, moreover, there may
be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person and paraphernalia. But when your Lordship’s holy name is
chanted, everything becomes faultless.
obedience to Your order because obeying Your order is most auspicious and is
the first duty.
powerful Sukracharya accepted the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead
with full respect. Along with the best
brahmanas, he began to compensate for the discrepancies in the sacrifices
performed by Bali Maharaja.
Bali Maharaja by begging, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Vamadeva,
delivered to His brother Indra all the land taken away by Indra’s enemy.
all other Prajapatis], accompanied by all the demigods, the great saintly
persons, the inhabitants of the Pitrloka, the Manus, the munis, and such leader
as Daksha, Bhrgu, Angira as well as Karthikeya and Lord Siva, accepted Lord
Vamadeva as the protector of everyone. He did this to please Kashyapa Muni and
his wife Aditi and for the welfare of all the inhabitants of the universe,
including their various leaders.
the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, wanted Upendra, Lord Vamanadeva, as the
protector of the Vedas, the principles of religion (dharma), fame, opulence,
auspiciousness, vows, elevation to the higher planetary system, and
liberation. Thus they accepted Upendra,
Lord Vamanadeva, as the supreme master of everything. This decision made all living entities
planets, Indra, the King of heaven, placed Lord Vamanadeva before him and, with
the approval of Lord Brahma, brought Him to the heavenly planet in a celestial
the arms of Vamanadeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, thus regained his
rule of the three worlds and was reinstated in his own position, supremely
opulent, fearless and fully satisfied.
sage Bhrgu, other saintly persons, the inhabitants of
Pitrloka and all other living entities present, including the inhabitants of
siddhaloka and living entities who travel in outer
space by airplane, all glorified the uncommon activities of Lord
Vamanadeva. O King, while chanting about
and glorifying the Lord, they returned to their respective heavenly
planets. They also praised the position
now described to you everything about the wonderful activities of the Supreme
Paesonality of Godhead Vamanadeva. Those
who hear about this are certainly freed from all the results of sinful
of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Trivikrama, Lord Vishnu, any more than
he can count the number of atoms on the entire planet earth. No one, whether born already or destined to
take birth, is able to do this. This has
been sung by the great sage Vasishtha.
of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His various incarnations, he is
certainly elevated to the higher planetary system or even
brought back home, back to Godhead.
the course of a ritualistic ceremony, whether the ceremony be performed to
please the demigods, to please one’s forefathers in Pitrloka, or to celebrate a
social event like a marriage, that ceremony should be understood to be