balis cosanasa sprstah
parajito ’pi nakhidyal
balih—Maharaja Bali; ca—also; usanasa—by Sukracarya; sprstah—being touched; pratyapanna—was brought back; indriya-smrtih—realization of the actions of the senses and memory; parajitah—he was defeated; api—although; na akhidyat—he did not lament; loka-tattva-vicaksanah—because he was very experienced in universal affairs.
Bali Maharaja was very experienced in universal affairs. When he regained his senses and memory by the grace of Sukracarya, he could understand everything that had happened. Therefore, although he had been defeated, he did not lament.
It is significant that Bali Maharaja is here said to be very experienced. Although defeated, he was not at all sorry, for he knew that nothing can take place without the sanction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Since he was a devotee, he accepted his defeat without lamentation. As stated by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Bhagavad-gita (2.47), karmany evadhikaras te ma phalesu kadacana. Everyone in Krsna consciousness should execute his duty, without regard for victory or defeat. One must execute his duty as ordered by Krsna or His representative, the spiritual master. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam bhaktir uttama. In first-class devotional service, one always abides by the orders and will of Krsna.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Eighth Canto, Eleventh Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “King Indra Annihilates the Demons.”
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