iti devaḥ sa āpṛṣṭaḥ
prītaḥ sva-dūtān pratyāha
smaran pādāmbujaṁ hareḥ
śrī-bādarāyaṇiḥ uvāca—Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; iti—thus; devaḥ—the demigod; saḥ—he; āpṛṣṭaḥ—being questioned; prajā-saṁyamanaḥ yamaḥ—Lord Yamarāja, who controls the living entities; prītaḥ—being pleased; sva-dūtān—to his own servants; pratyāha—replied; smaran—remembering; pāda-ambujam—the lotus feet; hareḥ—of Hari, the Personality of Godhead.
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Thus having been questioned, Lord Yamarāja, the supreme controller of the living entities, was very pleased with his order carriers because of hearing from them the holy name of Nārāyaṇa. He remembered the lotus feet of the Lord and began to reply.
Śrīla Yamarāja, 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 Nārāyaṇa in his dominion. Yamarāja has to deal with men who are all sinful and who can hardly understand Nārāyaṇa. Consequently when his order carriers uttered the name of Nārāyaṇa, he was extremely pleased, for he also is a Vaiṣṇava.
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