Today is the appearance day of Lord Vamana Deva and it is a very special day for worshipping. So, today we talked about the pastime of Lord Vamana Deva. Bali Maharaja had conquered the whole universe legitimately. Aditi, the mother of Indra, was very upset that he was taken out from his position. She tried to satisfy Lord Visnu and as a result, she had Lord as her son. Vamana Deva first appeared as four handed Visnu avatara and then the Lord took the form of Dwarf brahmana. This is a very beautiful form of the Lord. Then He went to Bali Maharaja, he asked him to give 3 steps of the land. With one step he covered the whole earth. With the second step, he covered the whole universe. Then Vamana Deva asked Bali Maharaja, where should I put my third step? Then Bali Maharaja said, put it on my head. Thus he got the lotus foot of Vamana deva on his head. So, this is a very interesting pastime and we can see that by surrendering to the Lord, we don’t lose. In the Caitanya Bhagavata, it is explained that when Lord Caitanya had the sacred thread ceremony, at that time He looked just like His Vamana incarnation.

Today is also the appearance day of Srila Jiva Gosvami. He was the nephew of Rupa Gosvami and Santana Gosvami. After Rupa Gosvami and Santana Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami was the crest jewel of all the Vaisnavas. He wrote all the philosophy in Six Sandarbhas. Hare Krsna!