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ŚB 8.24.29

Devanagari

सर्वे लीलावतारास्ते भूतानां भूतिहेतवः
ज्ञातुमिच्छाम्यदो रूपं यदर्थं भवता धृतम् ॥ ८.२४.२९ ॥

Text

sarve līlāvatārās te
bhūtānāṁ bhūti-hetavaḥ
jñātum icchāmy ado rūpaṁ
yad-arthaṁ bhavatā dhṛtam

Synonyms

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.

Translation

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.