Give Charity To The Right Person

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.19.14-16 - Give Charity To The Right Person (download mp3)
by Prem Kishore Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.19.14
pita prahrada-putras te
tad-vidvan dvija-vatsalah
svam ayur dvija-lingebhyo
devebhyo 'dat sa yacitah

Your father, Virocana, the son of Maharaja Prahlada, was very affectionate toward brahmanas. Although he knew very well that it was the demigods who had come to him in the dress of brahmanas, at their request he delivered to them the duration of his life.

Maharaja Virocana, Bali's father, was so pleased with the brahmana community that even though he knew that those approaching him for charity were the demigods in the dress of brahmanas, he nonetheless agreed to give it.

SB 8.19.15
bhavan acaritan dharman
asthito grhamedhibhih
brahmanaih purvajaih surair
anyais coddama-kirtibhih

You also have observed the principles followed by great personalities who are householder brahmanas, by your forefathers and by great heroes who are extremely famous for their exalted activities.

SB 8.19.16
tasmat tvatto mahim isad
vrne 'ham varadarsabhat
padani trini daityendra
sammitani pada mama

O King of the Daityas, from Your Majesty, who come from such a noble family and who are able to give charity munificently, I ask only three paces of land, to the measurement of My steps.

Lord Vamanadeva wanted three paces of land according to the measurement of His footsteps. He did not want more than necessary. But although He pretended to be an ordinary human child, He actually wanted the land comprising the upper, middle and lower planetary systems. This was just to show the prowess of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.