इत्युक्तवन्तं पुरुषं पुरातनं
भक्त्युत्कलो गद्गदया गिराब्रवीत् ॥ १ ॥
ity uktavantaṁ puruṣaṁ purātanaṁ
bhakty-utkalo gadgadayā girābravīt
śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; iti — thus; uktavantam — upon the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; puruṣam — unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; purātanam — the oldest of everyone; mahā-anubhāvaḥ — Bali Mahārāja, who was a great and exalted soul; akhila-sādhu-sammataḥ — as approved by all saintly persons; baddha-añjaliḥ — with folded hands; bāṣpa-kala-ākula-īkṣaṇaḥ — whose eyes were filled with tears; bhakti-utkalaḥ — full of ecstatic devotion; gadgadayā — which were faltering in devotional ecstasy; girā — by such words; abravīt — said.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: When the supreme, ancient, eternal Personality of Godhead had thus spoken to Bali Mahārāja, who is universally accepted as a pure devotee of the Lord and therefore a great soul, Bali Mahārāja, his eyes filled with tears, his hands folded and his voice faltering in devotional ecstasy, responded as follows.