evam viprakrto rajan
bhidyamano ’py abhinnatma
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; evam—thus, as aforementioned; viprakrtah—having been put into difficulty; rajan—O King; balih—Maharaja Bali; bhagavata—by the Personality of Godhead Vamanadeva; asurah—the King of the asuras; bhidyamanah api—although situated in this uncomfortable position; abhinna-atma—without being disturbed in body or mind; pratyaha—replied; aviklavam—undisturbed; vacah—the following words.
Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, although the Supreme Personality of Godhead was superficially seen to have acted mischievously toward Bali Maharaja, Bali Maharaja was fixed in his determination. Considering himself not to have fulfilled his promise, he spoke as follows.
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