Continuing chronologically with the Dashavtaar intro to
Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna…
Vaaman Bhagwan's speech to Raja Bali (Ramanand Sagar's Shri
These are the dialogues between Vaaman Bhagwan – Shri Vishnu's
dwarf incarnation – and Bali, the noble king
of the demon race. He is in the middle of completing a great sacrifice when
Vaaman Bhagwan arrives at his door as a Brahmin seeking alms. Bali
himself receives him and right at the outset, gets treated to a lesson on greed
versus contentment. It goes like this:
Bali (after having
glorified Vaaman Bhagwan's innocent and luminous form for a bit) – Ab aap aagya
kijiye, hum aapki kya seva karein?
Now please command me, what service can I offer you?
Vaaman – Raajan, hum aapke dwaar par ek yaachna lekar aaye
King, I've arrived at your doorstep with a request.
Bali – He brahmachaari, aapki
jo ichha ho, maang lijiye. Main usse avashya poori karunga! Gaaye, sona, mani,
manik, bada ghar, sampattiyon se bhare huye gaon, haathi, ghode, rath, jo ichha
ho maang lijiye! Hum vachan dete hai, aapki har ichha poorn karenge!
O pure ascetic, ask for whatever you'd like. I will
definitely provide it! Cows, gold, precious gems, a mansion, villages full of
wealth, elephants, horses, chariots… whatever you wish for, just ask for it! I
promise you, I'll fulfill each and every wish!
V – Raajan, aapne jo kaha, who aapke kul parampara ke
anuroop hi hai. Jinke guru param tejasvi Shukracharya jaise shaktishaali
mahatma ho, aur jinke pitamah Maharaj Prahlad jaise bhakt, aur pita Maharaj
Virochan jaise param daani aur veer purush ho, unhi mein aisi vinamrata… aisi
shalinta, aisi daanveerta ke gun ho sakte hain. He Asur Raj, main jaanta hoon ki
aap saare jagat ke swami hain. Teenon lokon mein aisi koi vastu nahin jisse aap
na de sakte ho. Parantu shaastra kehta hai ki vidvaan Brahmin ko utna hi daan
sweekar karna chahiye, jitni usse avashyakta ho. So he raajan, hamein yagya
shaala ke liye thodi si bhoomi ki avashyakta hai. So aap kripa karke mujhe utni
bhoomi de, jitni main apne pairon se teen dag mein naap sakun. To bas, main
santusht ho jaaunga.
King, whatever you said was characteristic of your great
family tradition. Whose teacher is the glorious and powerful Shukracharya, whose
grandsire is a devotee like Prahlad, and whose father is the brave and generous
King Virochan, only in him can one find such humility… such graciousness, such
generosity. Oh King of Asurs, I know that you are the master of the whole
universe. There is nothing in the three realms that you can't give me. But the
scriptures say that a wise Brahmin should only ask for as much charity as he
really needs. So dear king, I just need a bit of land for a sacramental altar.
Kindly grant me just as much land as I can measure out in three of my footsteps,
and I will be content.
B (laughing) – Teen dag bhoomi?! Aapke pairon se naapkar
teen dag bhoomi? Brahmin kumar, baatein to budhon jaisi karte ho, par buddhi
baalakon jaisi hi hai. Aap itna bhi nahin jaante, apne in chhote chhote pairon
se keval teen dag bhoomi maangkar aap Raja Bali ka uphaas kar rahe hain! Hum
teenon lokon ke ek-maatra adhipati hain. Hum satdweep, navkhand aapke charnon
mein samarpit kar sakte hain. Humse itna maang lo, ki jeevan mein dobaara kisi
aur se maangne ki avashyakta na pade. Hamaare saamarth anusaar maango, taaki
tumhaari sab kaamnaayein poorn ho jaayein.
Three steps worth of land?! Three steps measured out by YOUR
feet? Young priest, you speak like a wise old man, but your mind is just like a
child's. Don't you realize that asking for just three steps of land measured
out by your tiny little feet is a joke at King Bali's expense? I'm the sole
sovereign ruler of the three realms. I can offer the seven continents, the nine
regions at your feet! Ask me for so much that you will never need to ask anyone
else for anything for the rest of your life! Ask according to my capacity, so
that all your desires may be fulfilled.
V – Sansaar mein sab kaamnaayein kiski poori hoti hain,
raajan? Manushya jitna paata hai, utni hi uski trishna badhti jaati hai. Aapke
paas saari dharti hai, usse kya aapki kaamnaayein tript ho gayi hain? Nahin…
aapko ab swarg ka adhipati banne ka lobh hai. So laalsa aur lobh jitna badhaao,
utne hi badhte jaate hain. Shanti milti hai keval santosh se. Indriyon aur
kaamnaaon ko vash mein rakhkar jo santoshi hoga, wahi jeevan mein tript aur
anandmaye hoga. So he raajan, main aapki daanveerta ka sanmaan karte huye, apne
liye keval teen pag dharti maangta hoon.
Who in the world gets all their wishes fulfilled, king? As
much as man gets, his desires grow that much more. You have the whole earth to
yourself, but are you satisfied yet? No, now you aspire to become the king of
the heavens! The more greed and desire you chase, the more greed and desire you
acquire. Peace only comes with contentment. Whoever can keep his senses and
desires under control and remain content, only he shall have bliss and
satisfaction in life. So dear king, while I respect your generosity, I again
ask only for three steps worth of land.