TEXT 19
yama-dutau tada praptau
bhimau sarabhaseksanau
sa drstva trasta-hrdayah
sakrn-mutram vimuncati
SYNONYMS
yama-dutau—two messengers of Yamaraja; tada—at that time; praptau—arrived; bhimau—terrible; sa-rabhasa—full of wrath; iksanau—their eyes; sah—he; drstva—seeing; trasta—frightened; hrdayah—his heart; sakrt—stool; mutram—urine; vimuncati—he passes.
TRANSLATION
At death, he sees the messengers of the lord of death come before him, their eyes full of wrath, and in great fear he passes stool and urine.
PURPORT
There are two kinds of transmigration of a living entity after passing away from the present body. One kind of transmigration is to go to the controller of sinful activities, who is known as Yamaraja, and the other is to go to the higher planets, up to Vaikuntha. Here Lord Kapila describes how persons engaged in activities of sense gratification to maintain a family are treated by the messengers of Yamaraja, called Yamadutas. At the time of death the Yamadutas become the custodians of those persons who have strongly gratified their senses. They take charge of the dying man and take him to the planet where Yamaraja resides. The conditions there are described in the following verses.

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