purvesam api purvajah
dig-vasasah sisun matva
dvah-sthau tan pratyasedhatam
panca-sat-dha—five or six years; ayana—approaching; arbha-abhah—like boys; purvesam—the ancients of the universe (Marici and the rest); api—even though; purva-jah—born before; dik-vasasah—being naked; sisun—children; matva—thinking; dvah-sthau—the two gate guards, Jaya and Vijaya; tan—them; pratyasedhatam—forbade.
Although these four great sages were older than Brahma’s other sons like Marici, they appeared like small naked children only five or six years old. When Jaya and Vijaya saw them trying to enter Vaikunthaloka, these two gatekeepers, thinking them ordinary children, forbade them to enter.
The purport is that the personal associates of Lord Visnu in Vaikunthaloka are always liberated souls. Even if sometimes cursed or blessed, they are always liberated and never contaminated by the material modes of nature. Before their liberation to Vaikunthaloka they possessed material bodies, but once they come to Vaikuntha they no longer have them. Therefore even if the associates of Lord Visnu sometimes descend as if cursed, they are always liberated.
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