Spheres Of Talas ::: Sutala Chakra Chakrum
Information About The Sutala Chakra
In our perception, everything possesses a yin yang of opposites (i.e., Light & Dark, South Pole & North Pole, Spiritual & Material, Superior & Inferior, High & Low, Positive & Negative, Soft & Hard, Heaven & Hell, Hot & Cold, Love & Hate, Feminine & Masculine, Attractive & Repulsive, etc.). A Loka is a luminous, spiritual sphere comparable to Yang. A Tala is a shadow, material sphere comparable to Yin. A Loka and a Tala are two seamless aspects to a specific state of consciousness.
Sutala’s corresponding loka is Janaloka.
Plane Of Sutala: Samhata
Below is Sutala. It is reckoned as of some special importance. O Muni! The highly meritorious Bali, the son of Virochana lives here. The Bhagavan Vasudeva, brought down this Bali into Sutala, for the welfare of Indra. He assumed the body of Trivikrama and gave to Bali all the wealth of the three Lokas, all the Laksmi went to him and installed him in the position of the Lord of the Daityas. What more can be said than this, that what prosperity, wealth and riches that Indra could not obtain, that S’ri Laksmi Devi Herself has followed Bali. Bali, as the Lord of Sutala, has become entirely fearless, remains here upto this day and is worshipping Vasudeva. O Narada! It is said by the high-minded persons that when Vasudeva Himself, the Controller of all, appeared as a beggar, Bali gave him land, and, therefore, on account of making gift to a good person, he acquired so much prosperity. But this cannot be reasonable. For, it is not at all reasonable to cast the effects of making this gift on Narayana, O Narada! Who is Self-manifest by His own Extraordinary Glory and Who is Himself filled with all Ais’varya (prosperity) and Who can bestow the Highest Goal of life and other requirements of men. This Narayana is the Deva of the Devas; if anybody takes His name, when in the greatest distress, he gets himself immediately freed from the Gunas, the cause of bondage due to his Karma. All persons perform many Yogas and follow the paths advised by the Samkhya method, with their minds directed to the All-Controller Bhagavan, to abandon all sorts of troubles and miseries. O Narada! Know that the Bhagavan does not shew us His Favour when he gives us greatest wealth and prosperity. For the wealth and riches are the offspring of Maya and the source of all worries, miseries and mental troubles; and one is liable to forget the Bhagavan when one gets such a wealth. The Bhagavan is pervading all this universe and is full of wisdom; and He is seeing always all the ways and means; He took away, in the way of begging, rather cheated all that Bali had, leaving only his body; and at last, finding no other means, fastened him by the Varuna Pas’a (noose), threw him in the middle of the mountain cleft (cave) and then has stationed Himself at his door as a Door-keeper. Once, out of his extreme devotion, Bali did not care at all for his difficulties, troubles, or miseries. Rather he gave out that Indra, whose minister is Brihaspati had acted very foolishly. For when the Bhagavan becomes very graciously pleased, he wanted from Him ordinary wealth. But what will the wealth of the Trilokas avail? It is a quite insignificant thing. Surely, He is an illiterate and stupid brute who, for mere wealth, leaves the Bhagavan, Who is the Fountain of all Good Wishes to the Humanity. My grandfather Prahlada, who was highly fortunate, who was devoted to the God and who was always ready to do good to others, he did not ask for any other thing than the servantship of God (the Dasya Bhava). When his powerful father died, the Bhagavan wanted to give him unbounded wealth; but the Bhagavata (devoted) Prahlada did not want that. None of us, who are marked with so many deficiencies can know the nature of the Bhagavan Vasudeva, Whose omnipotence cannot be compared and all these manifested worlds are but His Upadhis (adjuncts, limitations). O Devarsi! Thus Bali, the Lord of Daityas, the highly respected and renowned in all the Lokas, is reigning in Sutala. Hari Himself is his Door-keeper. Once the King Ravana, the source of torment to all the people, went out to conquer the whole world; and when he entered Sutala, that Hari, ever ready to show Grace to His devoted, threw him at a distance of one Ayuta Yoyanas by the toe of His foot. Thus by the grace of the Devadeva Vasudeva, Bali is reigning in Sutala, and enjoying all sorts of pleasures, without any equal anywhere.