krtvagad adhvaram baleh
pancadasam—the fifteenth in the line; vamanakam—the dwarf brahmana; krtva—by assumption of; agat—went; adhvaram—arena of sacrifice; baleh—of King Bali; pada-trayam—three steps only; yacamanah—begging; pratyaditsuh—willing at heart to return; tri-pistapam—the kingdom of the three planetary systems.
In the fifteenth incarnation, the Lord assumed the form of a dwarf-brahmana [Vamana] and visited the arena of sacrifice arranged by Maharaja Bali. Although at heart He was willing to regain the kingdom of the three planetary systems, He simply asked for a donation of three steps of land.
The Almighty God can bestow upon anyone the kingdom of the universe from a very small beginning, and similarly, He can take away the kingdom of the universe on the plea of begging a small piece of land.
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