Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 3: Yamarāja Instructs His Messengers

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.3.10

tāḿs te veditum icchāmo

yadi no manyase kṣamam

nārāyaṇety abhihite

mā bhair ity āyayur drutam


tān — about them; te — from you; veditumto know; icchāmaḥ — we wish; yadi — if; naḥ — for us; manyase — you think; kṣamam — suitable; nārāyaṇaNārāyaṇa; iti — thus; abhihite — being uttered; do not; bhaiḥ — fear; iti — thus; āyayuḥ — they arrived; drutam — very soon.


As soon as the sinful Ajāmila uttered the name Nārāyaṇa, these four beautiful men immediately arrived and reassured him, saying, "Do not fear. Do not fear." We wish to know about them from Your Lordship. If you think we are able to understand them, kindly describe who they are.


The order carriers of Yamarāja, being very much aggrieved because of their defeat by the four Viṣṇudūtas, wanted to bring them before Yamarāja and, if possible, punish them. Otherwise they desired to commit suicide. Before pursuing either course, however, they wanted to know about the Viṣṇudūtas from Yamarāja, who is also omniscient.

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