- śrī-bādarāyaṇir uvāca
- evaṁ te bhagavad-dūtā
- upadhāryātha tān rājan
- pratyāhur naya-kovidāḥ
śrī-bādarāyaṇiḥ uvāca—Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the son of Vyāsadeva, said; evam—thus; te—they; bhagavat-dūtāḥ—the servants of Lord Viṣṇu; yamadūta—by the servants of Yamarāja; abhibhāṣitam—what was spoken; upadhārya—hearing; atha—then; tān—unto them; rājan—O King; pratyāhuḥ—replied properly; naya-kovidāḥ—being conversant in good arguments or good logic.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: My dear King, the servants of Lord Viṣṇu are always very expert in logic and arguments. After hearing the statements of the Yamadūtas, they replied as follows.