bhavadbhir nirjita hy ete
bahuso nucara hareh
daivenarddhais ta evadya
yudhi jitva nadanti nah
bhavadbhihby all of you demons; nirjitahhave been defeated; hiindeed; eteall these soldiers of the demigods; bahusahin great number; anucarahfollowers; harehof Lord Visnu; daivenaby providence; rddhaihwhose opulence was increased; tethey (the demigods); evaindeed; adyatoday; yudhiin the fight; jitvadefeating; nadantiare vibrating in jubilation; nahus.
Previously, being empowered by providence, you defeated a great number of such followers of Lord Visnu. But today those same followers, having defeated us, are roaring in jubilation like lions.
Bhagavad-gita mentions five causes of defeat or victory. Of these five, daiva (providence) is the most powerful (na ca daivat param balam). Bali Maharaja knew the secret of how he had formerly been victorious because providence was in his favor. Now, since that same providence was not in his favor, there was no possibility of his victory. Thus he very intelligently forbade his associates to fight.

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