SC 5: The Viṣṇudūtas To the Rescue
The Messengers Dispatched by the Lord
The Yamadūtas, who are the assistants of Yamarāja, the superintendent of death, had come to drag Ajāmila away. Ajāmila appealed to his youngest son, Nārāyaṇa: "Nārāyaṇa, please come here! I'm dying!" Kṛṣṇa is so kind that as soon as He heard Ajāmila chant "Nārāyaṇa!" at the time of his death, He immediately dispatched His assistants, the Viṣṇudūtas, to give Ajāmila shelter.
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura remarks that the Viṣṇudūtas came because they heard Ajāmila chant the holy name of their master, Nārāyaṇa, without considering why he was chanting. While chanting the name of Nārāyaṇa, Ajāmila was actually thinking of his son, but simply because they heard Ajāmila chant the Lord's name, the Viṣṇudūtas immediately came for Ajāmila's protection. Chanting of the
The name Nārāyaṇa has the full potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead—Nārāyaṇa, or Kṛṣṇa. That is the secret of
Snatching the Soul
When the Viṣṇudūtas arrived, they spoke to the Yamadūtas with extreme gravity: "What are you doing? Stop! You cannot take this man to Yamarāja!"
A Vaiṣṇava, one who has surrendered to the lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu, is always protected by Lord Viṣṇu's order-carriers. Because Ajāmila had chanted the holy name of Nārāyaṇa, the Viṣṇudūtas not only immediately arrived on the spot but also at once ordered the Yamadūtas not to touch him. By speaking with resounding voices, the Viṣṇudūtas threatened to punish the Yamadūtas if they continued trying to snatch Ajāmila's soul from his heart. The order-carriers of Yamarāja have jurisdiction over all sinful living entities, but the messengers of Lord Viṣṇu are capable of punishing anyone, including Yamarāja, if he wrongs a Vaiṣṇava.
Modern scientists do not know where to find the soul within the body with their material instruments, but here the
hṛd-deśe 'rjuna tiṣṭhati
"The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine made of the material energy."
One's body is created through the agency of
During transmigration from one body to the next, the sinful soul is taken away by the order-carriers of Yamarāja and put into a particular type of hellish life in order to become accustomed to the condition in which he will live in his next body.