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  • Narayaneeyam

    Dasakam: 031 -- Shlokam: 03

    विश्वेशं मां त्रिपदमिह किं याचसे बालिशस्त्वं
    सर्वां भूमिं वृणु किममुनेत्यालपत्त्वां स दृप्यन् ।
    यस्माद्दर्पात् त्रिपदपरिपूर्त्यक्षम: क्षेपवादान्
    बन्धं चासावगमदतदर्होऽपि गाढोपशान्त्यै ॥३॥

    Bali was very disappointed with Vamana's humble demand and said, " When I am ready to grant you a whole continent, what all you want is only three paces of land ?To me, who is the lord of all the three worlds how do you ask for mere three paces of earth? You simpleton! Of what use is this? Ask for the whole earth.' Thus he proudly told Thee. Because of this pride he failed to give fully even three paces of earth and invited ridicule and bondage. Bali did not deserve it but he was subjected to all this for acquiring complete detachment.