The Nectar of Devotion – CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX – APPOINTED SERVANTS

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APPOINTED SERVANTS

In a conversation between Jāmbavatī, one of Kṛṣṇa’s wives, and Kālindī, her friend, Jāmbavatī inquired, “Who is this personality circumambulating our Kṛṣṇa?”

Kālindī replied, “She is Ambikā, the superintendent of all universal affairs.”

Then Jāmbavatī inquired, “Who is this personality who is trembling at the sight of Kṛṣṇa?”

Kālindī replied, “He is Lord Śiva.”

Then Jāmbavatī inquired, “Who is the person offering prayers?”

Kālindī replied, “He is Lord Brahmā.”

Jāmbavatī then asked, “Who is that person who has fallen on the ground and is offering respect to Kṛṣṇa?”

Kālindī replied, “He is Indra, the king of heaven.”

Jāmbavatī next inquired, “Who is this person who has come with the demigods and is laughing with them?”

Kālindī replied, “He is my elder brother, Yamarāja, the superintendent of death.”

This conversation offers a description of all the demigods, including Yamarāja, who are engaged in services appointed by the Lord. They are called adhikṛta-devatā, or demigods appointed to particular types of departmental service.

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