TEXT 13
dattvemam yacamanaya
visnave yah pada-trayam
raddham indra-padam hitva
tatah siddhim avapsyati
SYNONYMS
dattva—giving in charity; imam—this entire universe; yacamanaya—who was begging from him; visnave—unto Lord Visnu; yahBali Maharaja; pada-trayam—three paces of land; raddham—achieved; indra-padam—the post of Indra; hitva—giving up; tatah—thereafter; siddhim—perfection; avapsyati—will achieve.
TRANSLATION
Bali Maharaja gave a gift of three paces of land to Lord Visnu, and because of this charity he lost all the three worlds. Later, however, when Lord Visnu is pleased because of Bali’s giving everything to Him, Bali Maharaja will achieve the perfection of life.
PURPORT
In Bhagavad-gita (7.3) it is stated, manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye: out of many millions of people, one may attempt to achieve success in life. This success is explained here. Raddham indra-padam hitva tatah siddhim avapsyati. Siddhi consists of achieving the favor of Lord Visnu, not the yoga-siddhis. The yoga-siddhis—anima, laghima, mahima, prapti, prakamya, isitva, vasitva and kamavasayita—are temporary. The ultimate siddhi is to achieve the favor of Lord Visnu.

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