TEXTS 34–36
sarve padma-palasaksah
kiritinah kundalino
sarve ca nutna-vayasah
sarve caru-caturbhujah
diso vitimiralokah
kurvantah svena tejasa
kim artham dharma-palasya
kinkaran no nisedhatha
sarve—all of you; padma-palasa-aksah—with eyes like the petals of a lotus flower; pita—yellow; kauseya—silk; vasasah—wearing garments; kiritinah—with helmets; kundalinah—with earrings; lasat—glittering; puskara-malinah—with a garland of lotus flowers; sarve—all of you; ca—also; nutna-vayasah—very youthful; sarve—all of you; caru—very beautiful; catuh-bhujah—with four arms; dhanuh—bow; nisanga—quiver of arrows; asi—sword; gada—club; sankha—conchshell; cakra—disc; ambuja—lotus flower; sriyah—decorated with; disah—all directions; vitimira—without darkness; alokah—extraordinary illumination; kurvantah—exhibiting; svena—by your own; tejasa—effulgence; kim artham—what is the purpose; dharma-palasya—of Yamaraja, the maintainer of religious principles; kinkaran—servants; nah—us; nisedhatha—you are forbidding.
The order carriers of Yamaraja said: Your eyes are just like the petals of lotus flowers. Dressed in yellow silken garments, decorated with garlands of lotuses, and wearing very attractive helmets on your heads and earrings on your ears, you all appear fresh and youthful. Your four long arms are decorated with bows and quivers of arrows and with swords, clubs, conchshells, discs and lotus flowers. Your effulgence has dissipated the darkness of this place with extraordinary illumination. Now, sirs, why are you obstructing us?
Before even being introduced to a foreigner, one becomes acquainted with him through his dress, bodily features and behavior and can thus understand his position. Therefore when the Yamadutas saw the Visnudutas for the first time, they were surprised. They said, “By your bodily features you appear to be very exalted gentlemen, and you have such celestial power that you have dissipated the darkness of this material world with your own effulgences. Why then should you endeavor to stop us from executing our duty?” It will be explained that the Yamadutas, the order carriers of Yamaraja, mistakenly considered Ajamila sinful. They did not know that although he was sinful throughout his entire life, he was purified by constantly chanting the holy name of Narayana. In other words, unless one is a Vaisnava, one cannot understand the activities of a Vaisnava.
The dress and bodily features of the residents of Vaikunthaloka are properly described in these verses. The residents of Vaikuntha, who are decorated with garlands and yellow silken garments, have four arms holding various weapons. Thus they conspicuously resemble Lord Visnu. They have the same bodily features as Narayana because they have attained the liberation of sarupya, but they nevertheless act as servants. All the residents of Vaikunthaloka know perfectly well that their master is Narayana, or Krsna, and that they are all His servants. They are all self-realized souls who are nitya-mukta, everlastingly liberated. Although they could conceivably declare themselves Narayana or Visnu, they never do so; they always remain Krsna conscious and serve the Lord faithfully. Such is the atmosphere of Vaikunthaloka. Similarly, one who learns the faithful service of Lord Krsna through the Krsna consciousness movement will always remain in Vaikunthaloka and have nothing to do with the material world.

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