evam viprakrto rajan
bhidyamano ‘py abhinnatma
Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, although the Supreme Personality of
Godhead was superficially seen to have acted mischievously toward Bali
Maharaja, Bali Maharaja was fixed in his determination. Considering
himself not to have fulfilled his promise, he spoke as follows.
yady uttamasloka bhavan mameritam
vaco vyalikam sura-varya manyate
karomy rtam tan na bhavet pralambhanam
padam trtiyam kuru sirsni me nijam
Bali Maharaja said: O best Personality of Godhead, most worshipable
for all the demigods, if You think that my promise has become false, I
shall certainly rectify matters to make it truthful. I cannot allow my
promise to be false. Please, therefore, place Your third lotus footstep
on my head.
bibhemi naham nirayat pada-cyuto
na pasa-bandhad vyasanad duratyayat
naivartha-krcchrad bhavato vinigrahad
asadhu-vadad bhrsam udvije yatha
I do not fear being deprived of all my possessions, living in hellish
life, being arrested for poverty by the ropes of Varuna or being punished
by You as much as I fear defamation.
pumsam slaghyatamam manye
yam na mata pita bhrata
suhrdas cadisanti hi
Although a father, mother, brother or friend may sometimes punish one
as a well-wisher, they never punish their subordinate like this. But
because You are the most worshipable Lord, I regard the punishment You
have given me as most exalted.
tvam nunam asuranam nah
paroksah paramo guruh
yo no ‘neka-madandhanam
vibhramsam caksur adisat
Since Your Lordship is indirectly the greatest well-wisher of us
demons, You act for our best welfare by posing as if our enemy. Because
demons like us always aspire for a position of false prestige, by
chastising us You give us the eyes by which to see the right path.
bahavo lebhire siddhim
yam u haikanta-yoginah
tenaham nigrhito ‘smi
baddhas ca varunaih pasair
nativride na ca vyathe
Many demons who were continuously inimical toward You finally achieved
the perfection of great mystic yogis. Your Lordship can perform one work
to serve many purposes, and consequently, although You have punished me
in many ways, I do not feel ashamed of having been arrested by the ropes
of Varuna, nor do I feel aggrieved.
pitamaho me bhavadiya-sammatah
samprapitas tvam paramah sva-pitra
My grandfather Prahlada Maharaja is famous, being recognized by all
Your devotees. Although harassed in many ways by his father,
Hiranyakasipu, he still remained faithful, taking shelter at Your lotus
kim atmananena jahati yo ‘ntatah
kim riktha-haraih svajanakhya-dasyubhih
kim jayaya samsrti-hetu-bhutaya
martyasya gehaih kim ihayuso vyayah
What is the use of the material body, which automatically leaves its
owner at the end of life? And what is the use of all one’s family
members, who are actually plunderers taking away money that is useful for
the service of the Lord in spiritual opulence? What is the use of a wife?
She is only the source of increasing material conditions. And what is the
use of family, home, country and community? Attachment for them merely
wastes the valuable energy of one’s lifetime.
ittham sa niscitya pitamaho mahan
agadha-bodho bhavatah pada-padmam
dhruvam prapede hy akutobhayam janad
bhitah svapaksa-ksapanasya sattama
My grandfather, the best of all men, who achieved unlimited knowledge
and was worshipable for everyone, was afraid of the common men in this
world. Being fully convinced of the substantiality afforded by shelter at
Your lotus feet, He took shelter of Your lotus feet, against the will of
his father and demoniac friends, who were killed by Your own self.
athaham apy atma-ripos tavantikam
daivena nitah prasabham tyajita-srih
idam krtantantika-varti jivitam
yayadhruvam stabdha-matir na budhyate
Only by providence have I been forcibly brought under Your lotus feet
and deprived of all my opulence. Because of the illusion created by
temporary opulence, people in general, who live under material
conditions, facing accidental death at every moment, do not understand
that this life is temporary. Only by providence have I been saved from
Sukadeva Gosvami said: O best of the Kurus, while Bali Maharaja was
describing his fortunate position in this way, the most dear devotee of
the Lord, Prahlada Maharaja, appeared there, like the moon rising in the
tam indra-senah sva-pitamaham sriya
pramsum pisangambaram anjana-tvisam
pralamba-bahum subhagarsabham aiksata
Then Bali Maharaja saw his grandfather Prahlada Maharaja, the most
fortunate personality, whose dark body resembled black ointment for the
eyes. His tall, elegant figure was dressed in yellow garments, he had
long arms, and his beautiful eyes were like the petals of a lotus. He was
very dear and pleasing to everyone.
tasmai balir varuna-pasa-yantritah
samarhanam nopajahara purvavat
sa-vrida-nicina-mukho babhuva ha
Being bound by the ropes of Varuna, Bali Maharaja could not offer
befitting respect to Prahlada Maharaja as he had before. Rather, he
simply offered respectful obeisances with his head, his eyes being
inundated with tears and his face lowered in shame.
sa tatra hasinam udiksya sat-patim
harim sunandady-anugair upasitam
upetya bhumau sirasa maha-mana
nanama murdhna pulakasru-viklavah
When the great personality Prahlada Maharaja saw that the Supreme Lord
was sitting there, surrounded and worshiped by His intimate associates
like Sunanda, he was overwhelmed with tears of jubilation. Approaching
the Lord and falling to the ground, he offered obeisances to the Lord
with his head.
tvayaiva dattam padam aindram urjitam
hrtam tad evadya tathaiva sobhanam
manye mahan asya krto hy anugraho
vibhramsito yac chriya atma-mohanat
Prahlada Maharaja said: My Lord, it is Your Lordship who gave this
Bali the very great opulence of the post of heavenly king, and now,
today, it is You who have taken it all away. I think You have acted with
equal beauty in both ways. Because his exalted position as King of heaven
was putting him in the darkness of ignorance, You have done him a very
merciful favor by taking away all his opulence.
yaya hi vidvan api muhyate yatas
tat ko vicaste gatim atmano yatha
tasmai namas te jagad-isvaraya vai
Material opulence is so bewildering that it makes even a learned,
self-controlled man forget to search for the goal of self-realization.
But the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana, the Lord of the
universe, can see everything by His will. Therefore I offer my respectful
obeisances unto Him.
Sukadeva Gosvami continued: O King Pariksit, Lord Brahma then began to
speak to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, within the hearing of
Prahlada Maharaja, who stood nearby with folded hands.
baddham viksya patim sadhvi
babhase ‘van-mukhi nrpa
But Bali Maharaja’s chaste wife, afraid and aggrieved at seeing her
husband arrested, immediately offered obeisances to Lord Vamanadeva
[Upendra]. She folded her hands and spoke as follows.
kridartham atmana idam tri-jagat krtam te
svamyam tu tatra kudhiyo ‘para isa kuryuh
kartuh prabhos tava kim asyata avahanti
Srimati Vindhyavali said: O my Lord, You have created the entire
universe for the enjoyment of Your personal pastimes, but foolish,
unintelligent men have claimed proprietorship for material enjoyment.
Certainly they are shameless agnostics. Falsely claiming proprietorship,
they think they can give charity and enjoy. In such a condition, what
good can they do for You, who are the independent creator, maintainer and
annihilator of this universe?
nayam arhati nigraham
Lord Brahma said: O well-wisher and master of all living entities, O
worshipable Deity of all the demigods, O all-pervading Personality of
Godhead, now this man has been sufficiently punished, for You have taken
everything. Now You can release him. He does not deserve to be punished
krtsna te ‘nena datta bhur
lokah karmarjitas ca ye
niveditam ca sarvasvam
Bali Maharaja had already offered everything to Your Lordship. Without
hesitation, he has offered his land, the planets and whatever else he
earned by his pious activities, including even his own body.
yat-padayor asatha-dhih salilam pradaya
durvankurair api vidhaya satim saparyam
apy uttamam gatim asau bhajate tri-lokim
dasvan aviklava-manah katham artim rcchet
By offering even water, newly grown grass, or flower buds at Your
lotus feet, those who maintain no mental duplicity can achieve the most
exalted position within the spiritual world. This Bali Maharaja, without
duplicity, has now offered everything in the three worlds. How then can
he deserve to suffer from arrest?
brahman yam anugrhnami
tad-viso vidhunomy aham
yan-madah purusah stabdho
lokam mam cavamanyate
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Lord Brahma, because
of material opulence a foolish person becomes dull-witted and mad. Thus
he has no respect for anyone within the three worlds and defies even My
authority. To such a person I show special favor by first taking away all
yada kadacij jivatma
nana-yonisv aniso ‘yam
paurusim gatim avrajet
While rotating in the cycle of birth and death again and again in
different species because of his own fruitive activities, the dependent
living entity, by good fortune, may happen to become a human being. This
human birth is very rarely obtained.
yady asya na bhavet stambhas
If a human being is born in an aristocratic family or a higher status
of life, if he performs wonderful activities, if he is youthful, if he
has personal beauty, a good education and good wealth, and if he is
nonetheless not proud of his opulences, it is to be understood that he is
especially favored by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
hanta muhyen na mat-parah
Although aristocratic birth and other such opulences are impediments
to advancement in devotional service because they are causes of false
prestige and pride, these opulences never disturb a pure devotee of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead.
ajaisid ajayam mayam
sidann api na muhyati
Bali Maharaja has become the most famous among the demons and
nonbelievers, for in spite of being bereft of all material opulences, he
is fixed in his devotional service.
ksina-rikthas cyutah sthanat
ksipto baddhas ca satrubhih
jnatibhis ca parityakto
guruna bhartsitah sapto
jahau satyam na suvratah
chalair ukto maya dharmo
nayam tyajati satya-vak
Although bereft of his riches, fallen from his original position,
defeated and arrested by his enemies, rebuked and deserted by his
relatives and friends, although suffering the pain of being bound and
although rebuked and cursed by his spiritual master, Bali Maharaja, being
fixed in his vow, did not give up his truthfulness. It was certainly with
pretension that I spoke about religious principles, but he did not give
up religious principles, for he is true to his word.
esa me prapitah sthanam
dusprapam amarair api
The Lord continued: Because of his great tolerance, I have given him a
place not obtainable even by the demigods. He will become King of the
heavenly planets during the period of the Manu known as Savarni.
tavat sutalam adhyastam
yad adhayo vyadhayas ca
klamas tandra parabhavah
Until Bali Maharaja achieves the position of King of heaven, he shall
live on the planet Sutala, which was made by Visvakarma according to My
order. Because it is especially protected by Me, it is free from mental
and bodily miseries, fatigue, dizziness, defeat and all other
disturbances. Bali Maharaja, you may now go live there peacefully.
yahi bho bhadram astu te
sutalam svargibhih prarthyam
O Bali Maharaja [Indrasena], now you may go to the planet Sutala,
which is desired even by the demigods. Live there peacefully, surrounded
by your friends and relatives. All good fortune unto you.
na tvam abhibhavisyanti
lokesah kim utapare
cakram me sudayisyati
On the planet Sutala, not even the predominating deities of other
planets, what to speak of ordinary people, will be able to conquer you.
As far as the demons are concerned, if they transgress your rule, My disc
will kill them.
raksisye sarvato ‘ham tvam
sada sannihitam vira
tatra mam draksyate bhavan
O great hero, I shall always be with you and give you protection in
all respects along with your associates and paraphernalia. Moreover, you
will always be able to see Me there.
sangat te bhava asurah
drstva mad-anubhavam vai
sadyah kuntho vinanksyati
Because there you will see My supreme prowess, your materialistic
ideas and anxieties that have arisen from your association with the
demons and Danavas will immediately be vanquished.