Developing Deeper Relationships Between Guru And Disciple

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.15.33-34 - Developing Deeper Relationships Between Guru And Disciple (download mp3)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.15.33
devesv atha nilinesu
balir vairocanah purim
deva-dhanim adhisthaya
vasam ninye jagat-trayam

When the demigods had disappeared, Bali Maharaja, the son of Virocana, entered the heavenly kingdom, and from there he brought the three worlds under his control.

SB 8.15.34
tam visva-jayinam sisyam
bhrgavah sisya-vatsalah
satena hayamedhanam
anuvratam ayajayan

The brahmana descendants of Bhrgu, being very pleased with their disciple, who had conquered the entire universe, now engaged him in performing one hundred asvamedha sacrifices.

We have seen in the dispute between Maharaja Prthu and Indra that when Maharaja Prthu wanted to perform one hundred asvamedha-yajñas, Indra wanted to impede him, for it is because of such great sacrifices that Indra was made King of heaven. Here the brahmana descendants of Bhrgu decided that although Maharaja Bali was situated on the throne of Indra, he would not be able to stay there unless he performed such sacrifices. Therefore they advised Maharaja Bali to perform at least as many asvamedha-yajñas as Indra. The word ayajayan indicates that all the brahmanas induced Bali Maharaja to perform such sacrifices.