padam dvitiyam kramatas trivistapam
na vai trtiyaya tadiyam anv api
urukramasyanghrir upary upary atho
mahar-janabhyam tapasah param gatah
padam—step; dvitiyam—second; kramatah—advancing; tri-vistapam—all of the heavenly planets; na—not; vai—indeed; trtiyaya—for the third step; tadiyam—of the Lord; anu api—only a spot of land remained; urukramasya—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who performs uncommon activities; anghrih—steps occupying above and below; upari upari—higher and higher; atho—now; mahah-janabhyam—than Maharloka and Janaloka; tapasah—that Tapoloka; param—beyond that; gatah—approached.
As the Lord took His second step, He covered the heavenly planets. And not even a spot remained for the third step, for the Lordís foot extended higher and higher, beyond Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapoloka and even Satyaloka.
When the Lordís footstep exceeded the height of all the lokas, including Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka, His nails certainly pierced the covering of the universe. The universe is covered by the five material elements (bhumir apo ínalo vayuh kham). As stated in the sastra, these elements are in layers, each ten times thicker than the previous one. Nonetheless, the nails of the Lord pierced through all these layers and made a hole penetrating into the spiritual world. From this hole, the water of the Ganges infiltrated into this material world, and therefore it is said, pada-nakha-nira janita jana-pavana (Dasavatara-stotra 5). Because the Lord kicked a hole in the covering of the universe, the water of the Ganges came into this material world to deliver all the fallen souls.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Eighth Canto, Twentieth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled ďBali Maharaja Surrenders the Universe.Ē
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