The All Munificent Purushottama - Part 7

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "The All Munificient Purushottama" wherein we were meditating on the various incarnations of the Lord and how specifically the Lord manifested His quality of being a Purushottama.

Vamana as Purushottama: Once the devatas were defeated by asuras (headed by Bali Maharaj) and they lost their heavenly kingdom. Mother Aditi worshipped Lord Hari so that devatas can get their kingdom back. The Lord appeared before Aditi and assured that He will regain the heavenly kingdom for Indra.

The Lord could have easily fought with the asuras and snatched the Kingdom. But He did not do so since the asuras were protected by brahmanas. Srila Prabhupada states in the purport  of 8.17.16 “When a person is favoured by brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas, no one can defeat him. Even the Supreme Personality of Godhead does not interfere when one is protected by a brāhmaṇa”.  Here the Lord wanted to honour the protection offered to Bali Maharaj by the brahmanas headed by Sukracharya.. So though being Lord of all opulences, He incarnated as brahmana dwarf Vamana and begged from Bali Maharaja for the sake of Indra.

Also after Bali Maharaj offered everything to Lord Vamana, He offered the heavenly kingdom to Indra. And He wanted to benefit Bali Maharaj and hence offered many benedictions including the lower planet Sutala. And though He is the master of all, He became doorkeeper at the doors of Bali and personal protector. At the end of Vamana lila, we see that the Lord honoured the protection of the brahmanas (He did not fight with Bali Maharaj), He regained the heavenly kingdom for Indra and finally protected Bali also. For the benefit of brahmanas, Indra and Bali Maharaj the Lord begged from Bali and also became His servant. Thus Lord Vamana is glorified as Purushottama (one who lowers Himself for the benefit of others) in the Narasimha purana 55.4 as follows.

namāmi deva viśveśa vāmana viṣṇurūpiam
balidarpahara śānta śāśvata puruottamam

I offer my obeisances to Lord Vamana, the Lord of the universe, who is Vishnu Himself and who subdued the pride of Bali Maharaj, who is eternally peaceful and who is the Purushottama.

Krishna willing we shall see about the other incarnations in the ensuing offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
Chennai.