Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.3.17.




tasyatma-tantrasya  harer  adhisituh

parasya  mayadhipater  mahatmanah

prayena  duta  iha  vai  manoharas

caranti  tad-rupa-guna-svabhavuh.

tasya  =  of Him;

atma-tantrasya  =  being self-sufficient, not dependent on any other person;

hareh  =  the Supreme Personality of Godhead;

adhisituh  =  who is the master of everything;

parasya  =  the Transcendence;

maya-adhipateh  =  the master of the illusory energy;

maha-atmanah  =  of the Supreme Soul;

prayena  =  almost;

dutah  =  the order carriers;

iha  =  in this world;


manoharah  =  pleasing in their dealings and bodily features;

caranti  =  they move;

tat  =  of Him;

rupa  =  possessing the bodily features;

guna  =  the transcendental qualities;

svabhavah  =  and nature.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is self-sufficient and fully independent. He is the master of everyone and everything, including the illusory energy. He has His form, qualities and features; and similarly His order carriers, the Vaishnavas, who are very beautiful, possess bodily features, transcendental qualities and a transcendental nature almost like His. They always wander within this world with full independence.

Yamaraja was describing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the supreme controller, but the order carriers of Yamaraja were very eager to know about the Vishnudutas, who had defeated them in their encounter with Ajamila. Yamaraja therefore stated that the Vishnudutas resemble the Supreme Personality of Godhead in their bodily features, transcendental qualities and nature. In other words, the Vishnudutas, or Vaishnavas, are almost as qualified as the Supreme Lord. Yamaraja informed the Yamadutas that the Vishnudutas are no less powerful than Lord Vishnu. Since Vishnu is above Yamaraja, the Vishnudutas are above the Yamadutas. Persons protected by the Vishnudutas, therefore, cannot be touched by the Yamadutas.

To be continued  ....

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