Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: ". . . pleased by sacrifices, will also please you. Thus nourishing one another there will reign general prosperity for all." (BG 3.11)
Prabhupāda: Yes. This is very important point. The godless society, they are thinking that everything is being done by nature. Nature is there, but there is a controller of nature. Just like this electricity. Electricity is natural power, but there is a powerhouse and there is a resident engineer.
Similarly, everything supplied by nature, water supply, heat supply, air, so there is a controller, and he is called demigod. They are all appointed servants by the Supreme Lord. It is simply foolishness that nature is working automatically. This is rascaldom. They do not know, the so-called scientists who are thinking that everything is going on automatically.
Yes, it is going on automat . . . just like the government affairs are going on automatically. A child can say that everything is going on automatically, but a person who knows the government, the constitution, he knows how departmental managements are going on. That is the difference between the so-called foolish person and one who knows the things. One who knows the things, he knows that everything is controlled by a person. That person is called demigod.
So we have to satisfy. Therefore the yajña, sacrifice, is recommend. So that is mentioned here that, "Demigods, being pleased by sacrifices . . ." Just like to the income tax officer if you pay regularly your income tax, then there is no trouble. Everything will go on. Otherwise, the state will enforce to exact income tax.
So we are receiving heat from the sun. Similarly, we are receiving rains. Don't you think that we have to pay some tax? That is required. That is enjoined in the Vedic literature. You must. Therefore so many sacrifices are recommended. If you do not offer those sacrifices, then there will be irregularity of rain, irregularity of heat, excessive heat, excessive cold, and people will suffer. This is the process. They do not know it.
Read it, purport.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Purport: "The demigods are empowered administrators of material . . ."
Prabhupāda: Yes. "The demigods are empowered administrators of material affairs." How can you deny the existence of demigod? Go on.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: "The supply of air, light, water and all other benedictions for maintenance of the body and soul of every living entity are entrusted to the demigods, who are innumerable assistants in different parts of the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Prabhupāda: Just like my body. Different limbs are working and helping me. I want to go somewhere, the limbs, or the part which is called leg, they will carry me. Similarly, by the supreme order of Kṛṣṇa, all these demigods are acting just like my different parts of the body are acting. Yes.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: "Their pleasures and displeasures are dependent on the performance of yajñas by human beings. Some of the yajñas are meant for satisfying the particular demigods, but even in so doing, Lord Viṣṇu is worshiped in all yajñas as the chief beneficiary."
Prabhupāda: Just like if you obey the department, say, the police department. You are obeying the police department means you are obeying the government. Nobody can manufacture a police department and force you to obey. Because it is one of the important department of government, therefore as soon as there is police hands up, you have to stop.
You may be very rich man, millionaire, but you have to obey the orders of the police; otherwise you will be prosecuted. And wherefrom? That man is an ordinary man, simply he stops you. Why do you stop? Because you obey the government. Similarly, all obeisances offered to the demigods, they are meant for giving obeisances to the Supreme Lord. That is the beginning.