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Bali Mahârâja Surrenders His Life

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 Bali Mahârâja Surrenders His Life

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus with the Supreme Lord having run into trouble, o King, was Bali, the asura king, despite of his awkward position an unperturbed soul who replied positively with the following words. (2) S'rî Bali said: 'If, o Lord of the Praise, You of Your good Self think that my words of promise proved false, o Greatest of the Gods, then let me, to be true to the matter and not to have turned to cheating, offer You my head upon which to put the third step of Your lotus feet. (3) I am not as afraid of residing in hell or being bound in fetters, of hard to endure distress nor certainly of a lack of funds as much as I have grown afraid of the punishment of defamation that I have to suffer now from Your Lordship [compare B.G. 2: 34 and 6.17: 28]. (4) I consider it the most exalted of men to be punished by the worshipable Lord, it is something which is not offered by either one's mother, father, brother or friends [see 10.14: 8]. (5) You verily are, of us Asuras, indirectly the supreme guru because You, destroying the false prestige of the many of us that are blinded by material comforts, gave us the vision. (6-7) Many of those who outside of the wisdom fixed their intelligence upon You by constant enmity, achieved the perfection which, as is known, equals that of the yogis. Therefore am I, even though I'm punished by Your Lordship so full of wonders, not ashamed nor suffering very much from thus being bound by Varuna's ropes. (8) My grandfather [Prahlâda] as appreciated by Your devotees is everywhere famed for being a saint in having You as the Supreme Shelter when he had to suffer all the nasty things that his own father invented in simply going against You [see 7.5]. (9) What's the use of this body which gives it up in the end, what is the service of all those profiteers who passing as relatives snatch away the inheritance, what is the need for a wife which only drags one more into the material and what to a person certain of death is the use of wasting one's life with domestic attachments [see also 5.5: 8 and B.G. 18: 66]? (10) As said was he, my grandfather the great devotee so wise in his service, afraid as he was of the people [around him] indeed unerring in his resolve to surrender himself to, with of all fear he experienced, the immovable refuge of Your Lordship's lotus feet, o Best of the Best who has put an end to all the demoniac of us. (11) Therefore do I take to the shelter of You, me who also being hostile with the soul by providence with force was arrested and bereft of all his wealth. The temporary nature of the material comforts, that for the duration of life confronts one with one's finality and death [see 7.5: 30], is what the narrowminded person cannot understand.'

(12) S'rî S'uka said: 'When he thus discussed his position, manifested Prahlâda, the favorite of the Lord [see 7.9], himself there o best of the Kurus, just like the moon does rising in the sky. (13) There saw he, the spear of Indra, his grandfather, the best of all the auspicious, present in all his glory: with eyes as wide as lotuspetals, beautifully built, dressed in saffron, with a darkskinned splendor and long arms. (14) Bound in the ropes of Varuna could he not as before offer him the respect he owed and so offered he, with eyes full of tears bashfully bending his face downwards, his obeisances. (15) When he, the great devotee, saw the Great Master, the Lord, sitting there with followers like Sunanda in worship, approached he Him with his head bent low and paid he, moved to tears in his jubilation, thus with his head his respects. (16) S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Your Lordship who granted this so very great position of Indra has today taken it back, which I consider something very beautiful. You have done him, bereft of his opulence, a great favor because that was what stood in the way of his self-realization. (17) Indeed even the most learned and self-controlled gets bewildered by the opulence in his search for the goal of life; You I owe my obeisances, You the Controller of the Universe, Lord Narâyâna, the overseer indeed of all.'

(18) S'rî S'uka said: 'So that Prahlâda who stood there with folded hands could hear it, o King, spoke the most powerful one of the gold within [Brahmâ] to the slayer of Madhu [the Lord]. (19) Bali's chaste wife [though] who saw her husband arrested, heavily distraught of fear offered with folded hands her obeisances to Upendra [Lord Vâmana] and addressed Him, o King, with her face down.  (20) S'rî Vindhyâvali said: 'For the sake of Your pastimes have You created this threefold universe, You are the proprietor but the bad minded and others, o Controller, have ignorantly imposing themselves settled for the ownership; what can they, the shameless, offer You, the Supreme Creator, Master and Annihilator [compare B.G. 16: 13-15 and 18: 61]?'

(21) Lord Brahmâ said: 'O Goodness of all Living Beings, o Controller of Each, o God of Gods, o All-pervading One, please release this one now bereft of everything - someone like him does not deserve it to be punished. (22) He returned to You all the lands, all the worlds - with a firm resolve has without hesitation whatever he in his piety has achieved all been offered to You; all he possessed, even his body. (23) At Your feet offered he honestly water, grasses and flower-buds. How can such a worshiper despite of his so exalted offerings, despite of his worship, offering You the three worlds, deserve the pain given; not duplicitous as he is deserves he the highest destination [B.G. 9: 26]!'

(24) The Supreme Lord said: 'O Brahmâ, I show him My mercy and take his riches away who is of false prestige; such a dull-witted one derides all the world! (25) The living entity that not independent because of the karma, in different species of life is caught in the material world, longs for the high purpose of being human [see also B.G. 13: 22]. (26) He who with his birth, activities, age, physique, education, achievement, wealth and other opulences has not hardened [has not became arrogant], should as such be considered as being favored by Me. (27) Things as a high birth are the cause of arrogance and stupefaction; together constitute they impediments for the supreme benefit of life, impediments by which My devotee is not disturbed [see also 4.8-12]. (28) This Bali, the most devoted and famous among the Dânavas and Daityas, has already surpassed the insurmountable material energy; despite of losing his wealth is he not bewildered. (29-30) Out of all riches, fallen from his superior position, reviled and arrested by his enemies, deserted by his family and relatives, having suffered all kinds of uncommon hardship, rebuked and cursed by his guru, did he, fixed in his vow, not forsake the truthful, the dharma that I so deceitfully for the gift spoke about; true to his word this one never gave it up. (31) By Me he has achieved a place that even for the demigods is most difficult to obtain; during the time of Sâvarni Manu [see 8.13: 10-11] will he become the Indra that is fully protected by Me. (32) For the time being he may go and live in Sutala [see 5.24: 18] the place set by Vis'vakarmâ where it by My special vigilance has been made impossible for the inhabitants to suffer psychically or physically any weariness, exhaustion or defeat. (33) O spear of Indra, o Mahârâja, now better go o ruler, may there, surrounded by your people, be all auspiciousness for you in Sutala, the place so desirable to even the ones of heaven. (34) None of the local controllers there will be able to overrule you, not to mention the common man, as I with my cakra will take care of all the Daityas that transgress your rule. (35) I'll protect you, your associates and your property. In every respect will I always stay close to you, o great hero, you'll be able to see Me there! (36) By observing My excellence will in that place the stupidity of the asura mentality of the Daityas and Dânavas be vanquished immediately.'

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