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The fifth of ten avatars of Lord Vishnu was this Vamana,
Who took the appearance of a short statured, cute Brahmana.
Mahabali, an asur in the lineage of Hiranyakasip and though very just and powerful,
Was envied by the Devas, because he had all the worlds including theirs, to rule.

Knowing the difficulty of overcoming the virtuous Mahabali in any direct war,
To recover the Devas’s world, Lord Vishnu decided to take the Vamana Avatar.
Thus the Lord adopted a clever little ploy
And appeared in front of Mahabali as a Brahmin boy.

Mahabali,conducting a yajna, was giving, whatever asked,  to brahmins in charity,
Dimunitive Vamana asking only for land equaling his three steps, it hurt his vanity.
He saw Vamana cover the entire earth in the first, the sky and beyond in the second step,
Having nothing else to offer, Mahabali humbly offered his head for the third step.
Though the Lord sent Mahabali to the regions down under by pressing down,
Seeing his goodness, he made the asur king to sit on the underworld throne.


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There must of course be several such examples in the various languages ‘spooken’ in our delightful India.


Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.


There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.

But it got to be necessarily what you committed!


Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.