atha tarksya-suto jnatva
babandha varunaih pasair
balim sutye ’hani kratau
atha—thereafter; tarksya-sutah—Garuda; jnatva—knowing; virat—the king of birds; prabhu-cikirsitam—the desire of Lord Visnu as Vamanadeva; babandha—arrested; varunaih—belonging to Varuna; pasaih—by the ropes; balim—Bali; sutye—when soma-rasa is taken; ahani—on the day; kratau—at the time of sacrifice.
Thereafter, on the day of soma-pana, after the sacrifice was finished, Garuda, king of the birds, understanding the desire of his master, arrested Bali Maharaja with the ropes of Varuna.
Garuda, the constant companion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, knows the confidential part of the Lord’s desire. Bali Maharaja’s tolerance and devotion were undoubtedly superexcellent. Garuda arrested Bali Maharaja to show the entire universe the greatness of the King’s tolerance.
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