CHENNAI, JULY 5. Human biith is an opportunity given by the Almighty to attain liberation from rebirths. Bui, the majority get distracted from this goai in their yearning for power and pelf oblivious to the fact that they will only bolster the ego. , Birth, learning, youth and beauty can-also contribute to one's vanity. An individual who becomes puffed up with pride will ' eventually fritter away his life in pursuits that will only dis- , tance him from God. Intercession comes for some through divine grace if the person has acquired spiritual merit in his previous lives.
The manner in which the Lord showered His grace on King Bali during His incarnation as Vamana highlighted (hat reversal in fortune might be a blessing in disguise from the spiritual point of view, said Sengalipuram Sri Rama Dikshitar in his discourse. The Almighty took birth as Sage Kasyapa's and Ad-tti .s sun in ibis incarnation when Aditi performed a penance to help the celestials regain their wealth, which the demons had usurped from them. The denizens of all the worlds rejoiced when He incarnated and 1 le immediately assumed a dwarfish form to carry out the purpose of His descent. Eminent sages and the gods performed the rites during his sacred thread ceremony.
Hearing that Bali was performing the horse sacrifice Vamana appeared in the sacrificial hall and sought three paces of land measured by His feet much to the king's disdain that He did not ask something hefitting his status. Bali's preceptor Sukradiaryn recognised the Lord and tried to stop the king from proceeding ahead with his promise but bali refused to listen to his Guru saying that he was not afraid of the tortures of hell, poverty or misery or even death as much as going back on his word. Cursed by his preceptor for not listening to his counsel, Bali went ahead with the ritualistic offering and the gods applauded his righteousness.
The Lord assumed the Trivikrama form measuring all the worlds in His two paces and when lie asked him where He should place the third step Bali asked Him to keep it on his head without any remorse. The Lord explained to liiahma who asked Him to release Bali for he had kept his word Ilia! I k- took away the fortune of whomsoever lie .showed His grace for intoxicated with wealth and powder a person became stiff with pride and disregarded even. Him Bali was granted liberation but before that he become the chief of the celestials.