Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 8 - Chapter 1 - Verse 29-30


क्षीणरिक्थश्‍च्युत: स्थानात् क्षिप्तो बद्धश्च शत्रुभि: ।ज्ञातिभिश्च परित्यक्तो यातनामनुयापित: ॥ २९ ॥गुरुणा भर्त्सित: शप्तो जहौ सत्यं न सुव्रत: ।छलैरुक्तो मया धर्मो नायं त्यजति सत्यवाक् ॥ ३० ॥


kṣīṇa-rikthaś cyutaḥ sthānātkṣipto baddhaś ca śatrubhiḥjñātibhiś ca parityaktoyātanām anuyāpitaḥ


Although bereft of his riches, fallen from his original position, defeated and arrested by his enemies, rebuked and deserted by his relatives and friends, although suffering the pain of being bound and although rebuked and cursed by his spiritual master, Bali Mahārāja, being fixed in his vow, did not give up his truthfulness. It was certainly with pretension that I spoke about religious principles, but he did not give up religious principles, for he is true to his word.


Bali Mahārāja passed the severe test put before him by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is further proof of the Lord’s mercy toward His devotee. The Supreme Personality of Godhead sometimes puts a devotee to severe tests that are almost unbearable. One could hardly even live under the conditions forced upon Bali Mahārāja. That Bali Mahārāja endured all these severe tests and austerities is the mercy of the Supreme Lord. The Lord certainly appreciates the devotee’s forbearance, and it is recorded for the future glorification of the devotee. This was not an ordinary test. As described in this verse, hardly anyone could survive such a test, but for the future glorification of Bali Mahārāja, one of the mahājanas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only tested him but also gave him the strength to tolerate such adversity. The Lord is so kind to His devotee that when severely testing him the Lord gives him the necessary strength to be tolerant and continue to remain a glorious devotee.