|Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations||Chapter 20: Bali Mahārāja Surrenders the Universe|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.20.12
yadyapy asāv adharmeṇa
māḿ badhnīyād anāgasam
tathāpy enaḿ na hiḿsiṣye
bhītaḿ brahma-tanuḿ ripum
yadyapi — although; asau — Lord Viṣṇu; adharmeṇa — crookedly, without reference to the straight way; mām — me; badhnīyāt — kills; anāgasam — although I am not sinful; tathāpi — still; enam — against Him; na — not; hiḿsiṣye — I shall take any retaliation; bhītam — because He is afraid; brahma-tanum — having assumed the form of a brāhmaṇa-brahmacārī; ripum — even though He is my enemy.
Although He is Viṣṇu Himself, out of fear He has covered Himself in the form of a brāhmaṇa to come to me begging. Under the circumstances, because He has assumed the form of a brāhmaṇa, even if He irreligiously arrests me or even kills me, I shall not retaliate, although He is my enemy.
If Lord Viṣṇu as He is had come to Bali Mahārāja and asked him to do something, Bali Mahārāja certainly would not have refused His request. But to enjoy a little humor between Himself and His devotee, the Lord covered Himself as a brāhmaṇa-brahmacārī and thus came to Bali Mahārāja to beg for only three feet of land.
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