|Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations||Chapter 24: Matsya, the Lord's Fish Incarnation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.24.29
sarve līlāvatārās te
jñātum icchāmy ado rūpaḿ
yad-arthaḿ bhavatā dhṛtam
sarve — everything; līlā — pastimes; avatārāḥ — incarnations; te — of Your Lordship; bhūtānām — of all living entities; bhūti — of a flourishing condition; hetavaḥ — the causes; jñātum — to know; icchāmi — I wish; adaḥ — this; rūpam — form; yat-artham — for what purpose; bhavatā — by Your Lordship; dhṛtam — assumed.
All Your pastimes and incarnations certainly appear for the welfare of all living entities. Therefore, my Lord, I wish to know the purpose for which You have assumed this form of a fish.
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