All Glories to Vamana Deva

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

Today we are celebrating the auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Vamanadeva. On this occasion, it is proper to meditate on the Lord's unlimited compassion for all the conditioned souls. By appearing as Lord Vamana deva, the Lord pleases Adithi and Kashyapa, the devas, Prahlada Maharaj, and Bali Maharaj himself by showing special mercy and establishing Bali Maharaj's glories, and he kept up the words of Shukracharya also by sending Bali Maharaj to the lower planetary system. The Lord can perform one work to serve many purposes as He is famous as Urukrama - a performer of wonderful deeds.

When Bali Maharaj thinking Vamanadeva to be the son of a brahmana, told Him to ask for anything He liked, Lord Vamana deva first praised Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha for their heroic activities, thus praising the family in which Bali Maharaj is born. He praises that Bali's dynasty is even more glorious due to the presence of Prahlada Maharaj, who is like the beautiful moon in the sky. Thus the Lord never misses an opportunity to glorify His pure devotees. While describing the heroism of Hiranyakashipu, He said that Lord Vishnu, trying to escape from Hiranyakashipu, entered Hiranyakashipu's nostril along with his breath in a subtle body. Here Lord Vamana says that Lord Vishnu was in great anxiety while doing that. (Srimad Bhagavatam 8.19.10)

śvāsānilāntarhita-sūkṣma-dehas
tat-prāṇa-randhreṇa vivigna-cetāḥ

Srila Prabhupada in his purport very nicely states, "Logically, it was not at all difficult for Lord Vishnu to enter Hiranyakasipu's body as the Lord is already in the core of everyone's heart. The word 'vivigna-cetāḥ', 'very anxious' is significant. It is not that Lord Vishnu was afraid of Hiranyakashipu; rather, because of compassion, Lord Vishnu was in anxiety about how to act for his welfare." This unlimited compassion of the Lord is glorified by Bali Maharaj when he says in verse 8.23.2 of Shrimad Bhagavatam:


aho praṇāmāya kṛtaḥ samudyamaḥ
prapanna-bhaktārtha-vidhau samāhitaḥ

What a wonderful effect there is in even attempting to offer respectful obeisances to You! I merely endeavored to offer You obeisances, but nonetheless, the attempt was as successful as those of pure devotees.

The Lord is so anxious to deliver the conditioned souls and just thinking about this should drive us all to His lotus feet.

Lord Vamana dev ki jai!!!!!
Srila Prabhupada ki jai!!
Srila Gurudev ki jai!!!

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.