|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 63: Lord Kṛṣṇa Fights with Bāṇāsura|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.63.27
devān sādhūn loka-setūn bibharṣi
haḿsy unmārgān hiḿsayā vartamānān
janmaitat te bhāra-hārāya bhūmeḥ
nānā — various; bhāvaiḥ — with intentions; līlayā — as pastimes; eva — indeed; upapannaiḥ — assumed; devān — the demigods; sādhūn — the saintly sages; loka — of the world; setūn — the codes of religion; bibharṣi — You maintain; haḿsi — You kill; ut-mārgān — those who stray beyond the path; hiḿsayā — by violence; vartamānān — living; janma — birth; etat — this; te — Your; bhāra — the burden; hārāya — to relieve; bhūmeḥ — of the earth.
With various intentions, You perform pastimes to maintain the demigods, the saintly persons and the codes of religion for this world. By these pastimes You also kill those who stray from the right path and live by violence. Indeed, your present incarnation is meant to relieve the earth's burden.
As Lord Kṛṣṇa states in the Bhagavad-gītā (9.29),
samo 'haḿ sarva-bhūteṣu
na me dveṣyo 'sti na priyaḥ
ye bhajanti tu māḿ bhaktyā
mayi te teṣu cāpy aham
"I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend — is in Me — and I am also a friend to him."
The demigods and sages (devān sādhūn) are dedicated to executing the will of the Supreme Lord. The demigods act as cosmic administrators, and the sages, by their teachings and their good example, illumine the path of self-realization and holiness. But those who transgress the natural law, the law of God, and live by committing violence against others are vanquished by the Supreme Lord in His various pastime incarnations. As the Lord states in the Bhagavad-gītā (4.11), ye yathā māḿ prapadyante tāḿs tathaiva bhajāmy aham. He is impartial, but He responds appropriately to the actions of the living beings.
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