Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 20: Conversation Between Maitreya and Vidura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.20.22

devatāḥ prabhayā

dīvyan pramukhato 'sṛjat

te ahārṣur devayanto

visṛṣṭāḿ tāḿ prabhām ahaḥ

SYNONYMS

devatāḥ — the demigods; prabhayā — with the glory of light; yāḥ yāḥ — those who; dīvyan — shining; pramukhataḥ — chiefly; asṛjat — created; te — they; ahārṣuḥ — took possession of; devayantaḥ — being active; visṛṣṭām — separated; tām — that; prabhām — effulgent form; ahaḥ — daytime.

TRANSLATION

He then created the chief demigods, who were shining with the glory of goodness. He dropped before them the effulgent form of daytime, and the demigods sportingly took possession of it.

PURPORT

Demons were born from the creation of night, and the demigods were born from the creation of day. In other words, demons like the Yakṣas and Rākṣasas are born of the quality of ignorance, and demigods are born of the quality of goodness.

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