Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 8: Lord Nrisimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.8.52

sri-yaksha ucuh

vayam anucara-mukhyah karmabhis te mano-jnais

ta iha diti-sutena prapita vahakatvam

sa tu jana-paritapam tat-kritam janata te

narahara upanitah pancatam panca-vimsa

SYNONYMS

sri-yakshah ucuh -- the inhabitants of the Yaksha planet prayed; vayam -- we; anucara-mukhyah -- the chief among Your many servants; karmabhih -- by services; te -- unto You; mano-jnaih -- very pleasing; te -- they; iha -- at the present moment; diti-sutena -- by Hiranyakasipu, the son of Diti; prapitah -- forced to engage as; vahakatvam -- the palanquin carriers; sah -- he; tu -- but; jana-paritapam -- the miserable condition of everyone; tat-kritam -- caused by him; janata -- knowing; te -- by You; nara-hara -- O Lord in the form of Nrisimha; upanitah -- is put to; pancatam -- death; panca-vimsa -- O twenty-fifth principle (the controller of the other twenty-four elements).

TRANSLATION

The inhabitants of Yakshaloka prayed: O controller of the twenty-four elements, we are considered the best servants of Your Lordship because of rendering services pleasing to You, yet we engaged as palanquin carriers by the order of Hiranyakasipu, the son of Diti. O Lord in the form of Nrisimhadeva, You know how this demon gave trouble to everyone, but now You have killed him, and his body is mixing with the five material elements.

PURPORT

The Supreme Lord is the controller of the ten senses, the five material elements, the five sense objects, the mind, the intelligence, the false ego and the soul. Therefore He is addressed as panca-vimsa, the twenty-fifth element. The inhabitants of the Yaksha planet are supposed to be the best of all servants, but Hiranyakasipu engaged them as palanquin carriers. The entire universe was in trouble because of Hiranyakasipu, but now that Hiranyakasipu's body was mixing with the five material elements -- earth, water, fire, air and sky -- everyone felt relief. Upon Hiranyakasipu's death, the Yakshas were reinstated in their original service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus they felt obliged to the Lord and offered their prayers.

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