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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.3.6

kintu śāstṛ-bahutve syād

bahūnām iha karmiṇām

śāstṛtvam upacāro hi

yathā maṇḍala-vartinām


kintu — but; śāstṛ — of governors or judges; bahutvein the plurality; syāt — there may be; bahūnām — of many; ihain this world; karmiṇām — persons performing actions; śāstṛtvam — departmental management; upacāraḥ — administration; hi — indeed; yathā — just like; maṇḍala-vartinām — of the departmental heads.


The Yamadūtas continued: Since there are many different karmīs, or workers, there may be different judges or rulers to give them justice, but just as one central emperor controls different departmental rulers, there must be one supreme controller to guide all the judges.


In governmental management there may be departmental officials to give justice to different persons, but the law must be one, and that central law must control everyone. The Yamadūtas could not imagine that two judges would give two different verdicts in the same case, and therefore they wanted to know who the central judge is. The Yamadūtas were certain that Ajāmila was a most sinful man, but although Yamarāja wanted to punish him, the Viṣṇudūtas excused him. This was a puzzling situation that the Yamadūtas wanted Yamarāja to clarify.

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