After his conquest of the world, Bali summoned a meeting of all his
ministers end subjects. In the open assembly he worshipped his chief preceptor
Shukracharya and said with folded hands, "O Gurudeva, I became the emperor with your
guidance. Accept the wealth I have brought as a token of my gratitude."
Shukracharya smiled and said: "O king of the Danavas, this wealth
belongs to the subjects. Perform the 'Vishwajit' sacrifice in such a way that the wealth
is properly distributed among the subjects. Then I shall ask for two gifts from you."
Bali agreed to his Guru's suggestion and said, 'What is the first
dakshina that you wish to ask from me ?"
Shukracharya said: "First establish righteousness among the
Bali vowed that his empire would become a place marked by righteous
conduct and wanted to know what his Guru's second wish was.
Shukracharya. then said: "Practice the virtue of charity and try
to reduce poverty in the world.Bali promised to fulfil his second desire also and said :
"Giving charity will be my vow from today. I will give away in charity whatever is
asked of me without denial from today."
The whole world was stunned to hear about Bali's vow. The Devas in
heaven also were shocked and surprised when they heard the news of Bali's vow.
None of the Daitya kings had performed this kind of Vishwajit sacrifice
so far. Bali warned the Daityas thus : "Shed the path of violence and earn good name
by following the path of righteousness. The unrighteous will be punished severely. Spread
the message that there is no place for injustice and unrighteousness in the empire of
Man is afraid of poverty and hardship in this world. Being afraid of
Danavas (demons), man worships Devas (gods) and prays for heavenly happiness. Bali knew
this. Therefore he declared: "O my subjects, your happiness is mine. There will be no
room for poverty in Bali's empire in future , You need not go in search of heaven. I shall
make a heaven of this earth." He put into practice what he promised his subjects.