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CC Madhya 20.372

Text

śeṣe ‘sva-sevana’-śakti, pṛthute ‘pālana’
paraśurāme ‘duṣṭa-nāśaka-vīrya-sañcāraṇa’

Synonyms

śeṣe — in Lord Śeṣa; sva-sevana śakti — the power to serve the Lord personally; pṛthute — in King Pṛthu; pālana — the power to rule; paraśurāme — in Paraśurāma; duṣṭa-nāśaka-vīrya — the extraordinary power to kill rogues and miscreants; sañcāraṇa — investing.

Translation

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead invested the power of personal service in Lord Śeṣa, and He invested the power to rule the earth in King Pṛthu. Lord Paraśurāma received the power to kill rogues and miscreants.

Purport

Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā (4.8), paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām. Sometimes the Lord invests His power to rule in a king like Pṛthu and enables such a king to kill rogues and miscreants. He also invests His power in incarnations like Paraśurāma.