TEXT 15
sri-sukra uvaca
kutas tat-karma-vaisamyam
yasya karmesvaro bhavan
yajneso yajna-purusah
sarva-bhavena pujitah
SYNONYMS
sri-sukrah uvaca—Sri Sukracarya said; kutah—where is that; tat—of him (Bali Maharaja); karma-vaisamyam—discrepancy in discharging fruitive activities; yasya—of whom (Bali Maharaja); karma-isvarah—the master of all fruitive activities; bhavan—Your Lordship; yajna-isah—You are the enjoyer of all sacrifices; yajna-purusah—You are the person for whose pleasure all sacrifices are offered; sarva-bhavena—in all respects; pujitah—having worshiped.
TRANSLATION
Sukracarya said: My Lord, You are the enjoyer and lawgiver in all performances of sacrifice, and You are the yajna-purusa, the person to whom all sacrifices are offered. If one has fully satisfied You, where is the chance of discrepancies or faults in his performances of sacrifice?
PURPORT
In Bhagavad-gita (5.29) the Lord says, bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram: the Lord, the supreme proprietor, is the actual person to he satisfied by the performance of yajnas. The Visnu Purana (3.8.9) says:
varnasramacaravata
purusena parah puman
visnur aradhyate pantha
nanyat tat-tosa-karanam
All the Vedic ritualistic sacrifices are performed for the purpose of satisfying Lord Visnu, the yajna-purusa. The divisions of society—brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa—are all meant to satisfy the Supreme Lord, Visnu. To act according to this principle of the varnasrama institution is called varnasramacarana. In Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.13), Suta Gosvami says:
O best among the twice-born, it is therefore concluded that the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging his prescribed duties according to caste divisions and orders of life is to please the Personality of Godhead. Everything is meant to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, since Bali Maharaja had satisfied the Lord, he had no faults, and Sukracarya admitted that cursing him was not good.

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