Just as there are no two snowflakes which are alike, every individual is unique. The government understands this and assumes that in order to attain happiness, one may act independently as per their own whims, which can lead to chaos. Hence, a standard code of law is compiled by every country to maintain law and order.
Since The Head of the Country cannot be present everywhere simultaneously (being human) to monitor the citizens, he empowers various representatives on his behalf to monitor and in this way by widely pervading throughout the country, The Head is present everywhere through his loyal agents.
The same concept is valid in the subtle and transcendental realm. Krishna, being Supreme, assigns various agents to govern the material world. These agents are known as demigods. As per Vedic authorities they are 3.3 billion in number! Each is empowered to manage a particular aspect of the material world like the numerous elements that we find as resources on this one planet. The illusory energy of Krishna, which blinds the ignorant, acts under the demigod named Durga. It is not so that Krishna is unaware and incapable to handle but rather Krishna being omnipotent is aware of even an ant through His energies, while residing within every living entity and atom in His expanded form of Ksirodaksayi Visnu.
Unfortunately, not knowing the science of Bhagavad Gita, people consider all god as equal out of fear and ignorance. This may also be due to the mayavada philosophy originally propagated by Sripada Sankracharya. Especially in India this is very common where people worship all gods while The Bhagavad Gita clearly states that Krishna is The Supreme. The word Supreme means, one without second.
It has already been quoted before that the engineer of this creation, Lord Brahma, chief of all demigods has confirmed:
īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
“Krsna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.” (BS 5.1)
Shiva, also the most widely worshiped personality has been addressed as vaisnavanam yatha sambhu, which means Lord Shiva is a devotee of Lord Vishnu (Vaishnava). Garlanding and glorifying a faithful servant in front of the master merely embarrasses him.
Generally, the misled mass worship the demigods in order to fulfil their material desires. Such people surely are better than atheist who consider themselves independent or God despite repetitive kicks from illusory energy. However, for the demigod worshipers, Krishna states in The Bhagavad Gita:
sa tayā śraddhayā yuktas
labhate ca tataḥ kāmān
mayaiva vihitān hi tān
“Endowed with such a faith, he endeavours to worship a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these beneﬁts are bestowed by Me alone.” (BG 7.22)
It is not that the demigods act independently. Everything in this universe is working under the personal guidance of Krishna, the well-wisher of all living beings. So do the demigods serve the conditioned souls and provide their basic needs through nature under Krishna’s orders.
What then is the problem?
When a prisoner approaches the jailor for some benefit it is understood as bribery. This bribery however isn’t hidden from Krishna’s supervision.
antavat tu phalaṁ teṣāṁ
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasām
devān deva-yajo yānti
mad-bhaktā yānti mām api
“Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet.” (BG 7.23)
A person fails to realize that although the demigods provides one with the fruits of their desires, such gifts are temporary in nature for the demigods themselves are bound by temporariness.
So should one approach Krishna the Supreme for the fulfilment of their material desires? The following approach is more intelligent than the latter for one has understood the Supreme provider of all.
Yet, a more intelligent person concludes from the Vedic teachings like Bhagavad Gita, that, no matter whatever material opulence be enjoyed, be it wine, women, wealth, fame, beauty, etc. would it ever eternally satisfy the self? As discussed, the absence of material possessions makes one lament and obtaining it makes one hanker for more in dissatisfaction.
The ultimate conclusion hence should be that one must make attempts to understand ones eternal position in relation to The Supreme, which will completely satisfy him eternally.
According to the Vedas, even the demigods desire to have association of such pure devotees who are completely surrendered to their master, Krishna who cannot be understood even by yogis, philosophers, demigods, etc. but only by His pure devotee. Liberation, wealth, fame follow such devotees as servants although the devotee only desires to serve Krishna selflessly.
The only hope for a prisoner charged with a life or a death sentence is to plead to The Head of the State by accepting ones guilt sincerely.