Ante Narayana Smrti - Part 32

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Ante Nārāyaṇa Smrti". In the previous offerings we saw Ajamila's return to Lord's abode and inquiry made by Yamadutas to Yamaraj. Now we shall see further.

Yamaraj was pleased to hear the submissive inquiries of his servants. In Srimd Bhagavatam 6.3.11 Sukadeva Goswami nicely describes how Yamaraj responded to Yamadutas.

śrī-bādarāyaṇir uvāca
iti devaḥ sa āpṛṣṭaḥ prajā-saṁyamano yamaḥ
prītaḥ sva-dūtān pratyāha smaran pādāmbujaṁ hareḥ

Sri Sukadeva Goswami said: Thus having been questioned, Lord Yamaraja, the supreme controller of the living entities, was very pleased with his order carriers because of hearing from them the holy name of Narayana. He remembered the lotus feet of the Lord and began to reply.

So here we find Yamaraj is practically showing us how to respond when someone inquires us about Krishna. Vaishnavas are always happy when others chant the Holy Names of the Lord or inquire about Krishna, since such inquiries are helping us to remember Krishna. And that itself has purifying effect both on speaker and the listener. Also, throughout the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, we find all the devotees, first offer their prayers to spiritual master or Supreme Lord Krishna and then only begin to speak. Whatever knowledge we may possess, is due to the mercy of Guru and Krishna. Since They have only bestowed us with knowledge, we should always be grateful to Them and remember to thank and pray to Them before we speak

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "Srila Yamaraja, the supreme controller of the living entities in terms of their pious and impious activities, was very pleased with his servants because they had chanted the holy name of Narayana in his dominion. Yamaraja has to deal with men who are all sinful and who can hardly understand Narayana. Consequently when his order carriers uttered the name of Narayana, he was extremely pleased, for he also is a Vaishnava."

His Divine Grace very nicely glorifies Yamaraja in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.13.15. While explaining the reason as to why Yamaraj appeared as Vidura, His Divine Grace says, "Being a mahajana, it is the duty of Yamaraja to preach the cult of devotion to the people of the world, as Narada, Brahma, and other mahajanas do. But Yamaraja is always busy in his plutonic kingdom punishing the doers of sinful acts. Yamaraja is deputed by the Lord to a particular planet, some hundreds of thousands of miles away from the planet of earth, to take away the corrupt souls after death and convict them in accordance with their respective sinful activities. Thus Yamaraja has very little time to take leave from his responsible office of punishing the wrongdoers. There are more wrongdoers than righteous men. Therefore Yamaraja has to do more work than other demigods who are also authorized agents of the Supreme Lord. But he wanted to preach the glories of the Lord, and therefore by the will of the Lord he was cursed by Manduka Muni to come into the world in the incarnation of Vidura and work very hard as a great devotee."

Likewise in this pastime also, Yamaraja is feeling very happy and grateful to the Lord for having given him an opportunity to speak about the Lord's glories to Yamadutas, in Yamaloka itself. Krishna willing we shall hear from Yamaraj, the glories of Supreme Lord in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.