King Mahabali giving everything he had including himself to Vamana is the core theme associated with Onam festival observed by Malayalis in Kerala. King Bali is the epitome of Bhakti and self-sacrifice. One of the greatest tragedies our age is avarice – there is no giving or sharing. A vast majority of problems the world currently faces can be solved if we develop the element of sharing.
Possessiveness leads to fear, which causes anger, lack of the ability to judge whether or not something is good or suitable and finally complete destruction of the person. We see this happening around us.
The term Bali itself means offering, sacrifice and dedication. The story of Bali and Vamana is meant for Kali Yuga. Our ancient teachers had narrated the legend of Bali and Vamana keeping in mind the characteristics of Kali Yuga. The easiest way to attain bliss on earth is through unwavering devotion (Bhakti) and through sharing – taking what is needed for our basic needs and sharing rest with other living beings.
Now a question arises if I give or share what will happen to me and my family? Half that I earn is meant for me and my family, quarter for saving for future and quarter for sharing with the needy.
Happiness that we receive from materialistic things is momentary. But the happiness that we receive from sharing is everlasting.
There is a wrong notion in Kali Yuga that by sharing or giving one loses wealth. But in reality sharing or giving only results in growth. King Bali by sharing achieved the eternal companionship of Srihari Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
By Abhilash Rajendran