Sep 212010

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.22.27.

“I thought to discuss Vamanadeva’s appearance and how Srila Prabhupada considered his life to have followed principles enunciated in this section of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

“In this history of Bali Maharaja we see that the Lord gave him material opulence, or allowed him to acquire it, and then the Lord took it away from him. Then the Lord gave him even greater opulence than he had before. . . . Later, Srila Prabhupada commented, ‘First the Lord tested me by taking everything away from me, and then He tested me by giving me everything.”