Ante Narayana Smrti - Part 33

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 instructed the Yamadutas that Supreme Lord Krishna is the Supreme controller and that all other demigods, including himself are under Him and that they have very limited powers. Yamaraj also informed that it is not possible for any one of them to understand Supreme Lord completely. Since Yamadutas were particularly interested to hear about who the Vishnudutas were, Yamaraj says in Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.17,

tasyātma-tantrasya harer adhīśituḥ
parasya māyādhipater mahātmanaḥ
prāyeṇa dūtā iha vai manoharāś
caranti tad-rūpa-guṇa-svabhāvāḥ

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is self-sufficient and fully independent. He is the master of everyone and everything, including the illusory energy. He has His form, qualities and features; and similarly His order carriers, the Vaishnavas, who are very beautiful, possess bodily features, transcendental qualities and a transcendental nature almost like His. They always wander within this world with full independence.

The word ātmatantrasya in the above verse is worth meditating. In the word to word equivalents, His Divine Grace mentions ātmatantrasya as 'being self-sufficient or not dependent on any other person'. Yamaraj says that not only are the bodily features of Vishnudutas similar to that of Vishnu, but their nature and qualities are also almost like His. So this ātmatantra quality is also present in the Vishnudutas. They wander freely and their movements cannot be checked by anyone, even by Yamadutas. That is why they were potent enough even to stop the Yamadutas from taking Ajamila away.

In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "The Vishnudutas, or Vaishnavas, are almost as qualified as the Supreme Lord. Yamaraja informed the Yamadutas that the Vishnudutas are no less powerful than Lord Vishnu. Since Vishnu is above Yamaraja, the Vishnus are above the Yamadutas. Persons protected by the Vishnudutas, therefore, cannot be touched by the Yamadutas."

Pure devotees of the Lord like Narada Muni and many many acaryas in disciplic succession exhibit this transcendental quality of travelling everywhere and being independent. Narada Muni is transcendental space man who can travel to any planet. Acaryas like Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva could travel so many times around the world, despite their old-age and failing health. All this is because of their complete dependence on Supreme Lord, eagerness to protect devotees and spread the glories of Lord everywhere. Being pleased with their intentions, Lord ensures to make them ātmatantra.

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.