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Bali Mahârâja Arrested by the Lord

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 Bali Mahârâja Arrested by the Lord

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'He who appeared on the lotus [Brahmâ] saw from the place of truth [from Satyaloka] how by the effulgence of the Lord His toenails, the light of his own abode had been covered and had waned and thus, o god of man, approached he Him with vowed brahmacârîs like the sages headed by Marîci and Sanandana and the other Kumâras. (2-3) Fully expert in the Vedas and their supplements, the regulations and the abstinence; well versed in logic, history, didactics, the classical stories, the vedic corollaries and more were the sages joined by others of whom, ignited by the winds of yoga and the fire of spiritual knowledge, all karmic impurity had ended when they, by simply meditating and offering their prayers, had attained the abode of the self-born one. The one who originated from the lotus then paid homage worshiping Lord Vishnu His lotusfeet with oblations of water and thus was He pleased, very pleased by the reverent devotion He received from the most celebrated vedic authority, from him who as a person had appeared on the lotus that had sprouted from His navel [see also 3.8]. (4) That water from Lord Brahmâ's kamandalu, pure from washing the feet of Lord Urukrama, o king of the humans, so became the [celestial] Svardhunî of which the water flowing down from outer space purifies the three worlds as the fame of the Supreme Lord. (5) Lord Brahmâ and the others, they who were the predominating deities of the different worlds, were of the greatest respect for their master and collected with all their followers the necessities for worshiping the All-powerful Soul who had returned to His original size. (6-7) With water for the feet and for the guests, flowergarlands, all sorts of pulp to smear, incense and lamps all fragrant, fried rice, whole grains, fruits, roots and sprouts, offered they their respects exclaiming 'Jaya, jaya' to the glory of His actions, thereby dancing, singing and playing instruments with the vibrations of conch shells and kettledrums beaten. (8) Jâmbavân, the king of the apes [also: bears], enraptured sounding the bugle heralded everywhere in each direction the great festival. (9) the Asuras who saw that all the land of their master, so determined in the sacrifice, was lost on the simple plea of three steps of land were very angry: (10) 'Isn't this brahmin friend actually Vishnu Himself, who as the greatest of all cheaters assuming the form of a twice-born one willfully is trying to deceive us in the interest of the godly? (11) By Him, the enemy, in the form of a brahmacârî mendicant, has all that our master possesses been taken away because he, vowed to the ritual, gave up the clout. (12) Ever sworn to the truth is he, consacrated for the yajña and always sympathetic with the brahminical, personally incapable of telling a lie. (13) It is therefore our duty to our master to kill this one here!', and so took all the asura followers of Bali up a wide range of weapons. (14) Aggravated by their angry nature having taken up tridents and lances rushed they all together forward against the will of Bali, o King. (15) Seeing the daitya soldiers coming forward, o ruler, made the associates of Vishnu smile as they stopped them taking up their arms. (16-17) Nanda and Sunanda waged as well as did Jaya, Vijaya, Prabala, Bala, Kumuda, Kumudâksha, Vishvaksena, Patattrirâth [Garuda], Jayanta, S'rutadeva, Pushpadanta and Sâtvata; all together they as strong as a thousand elephants killed the asura soldiers.

(18) After Bali saw his men being killed by the Original Personality His associates, remembered he the curse of S'ukrâcârya [8.20: 15] and commanded he their retreat despite of their anger: (19) 'O Vipracitti, o Râhu, o Nemi, please listen, don't fight, stop with this, now is not the time to settle this. (20) That Master of All Living Beings, that Person of Control deciding about happiness and distress, can by human effort not be superseded, o Daityas. (21) Previously time worked in our favor and brought us the victory over the godly, but today does the time, which indeed is the Supreme Lord in existence, work against us. (22) Not by any power, counsel, cleverness, fortifications, spells or herbs, diplomacy or other means or likewise schemes is but a single person able to surpass the time factor. (23) All these followers of Vishnu who enjoyed the wealth by providence were by you in great numbers defeated and today indeed are they cheering in defeating us in battle [see B.G. 18: 13-15]. (24) We shall gain victory over them all to the favor of providence and therefore must we now await the time that is to our advantage.'

(25) S'rî S'uka said: 'After the daitya and dânava leaders heard what their master told them entered they the lower regions, o King, driven there by the associates of Vishnu. (26) Thereafter, on the day when to the sacrifice the soma is taken [soma-pâna], was Bali, to the desire of the master [Lord Vishnu], by the son of Târkshya, the king of the birds [Garuda] arrested who bound him with the ropes of Varuna. (27) From all directions rose everywhere in the upper and lower worlds a great roar of disappointment because of the apprehension of the asura leader by Vishnu, the mightiest around. (28) Bereft of his luster remained he, so magnanimous and celebrated o King, determined as ever. Unto him bound thus by Varuna's ropes then spoke the Supreme Lord Vâmana: (29) 'Three steps of land have you given Me, o Asura; with two I occupied the complete of all the earth's surface and now you owe me for the third one. (30) As far as the sun, the moon and the stars can shed their light and as far as the clouds are pouring rain, do you own all the land covered. (31) With one step only I covered the entire sphere of the earth [Bhûrloka], with My body occupying the sky in all directions and with the second step I took before your eyes for Myself the higher worlds that were in your possession. (32) Unable to give what you promised is it the rule that you yourself now stay out of it; and getting out it is as your guru would like [see also 6.17: 28]. (33) Anyone cheating a mendicant in falling short to give what was promised, falls down the more, and must, far removed from the higher life, ruminate fruitlessly. (34) Now that I've been fooled by you saying 'this I promise and that I'm so proud of' will you therefore as a consequence of this offensive result have to live out of it all for some years.' 

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