bibharsi rupany avabodha atma
ksemaya lokasya caracarasya
sattvopapannani sukhavahani
satam abhadrani muhuh khalanam
bibharsi—You accept; rupani—varieties of forms, such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Rama and Nrsimha; avabodhah atma—in spite of having different incarnations, You remain the Supreme, full of knowledge; ksemaya—for the benefit of everyone, and especially the devotees; lokasya—of all living entities; cara-acarasya—moving and nonmoving; sattva-upapannani—all such incarnations are transcendental (suddha-sattva); sukha-avahani—full of transcendental bliss; satam—of the devotees; abhadrani—all inauspiciousness or annihilation; muhuh—again and again; khalanam—of the nondevotees.
O Lord, You are always in full knowledge, and to bring all good fortune to all living entities, You appear in different incarnations, all of them transcendental to the material creation. When You appear in these incarnations, You are pleasing to the pious and religious devotees, but for nondevotees You are the annihilator.
This verse explains why the Supreme Personality of Godhead appears as an incarnation again and again. The incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead all function differently, but their main purpose is paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8]—to protect the devotees and annihilate the miscreants. Yet even though the duskrtis, or miscreants, are annihilated, this is ultimately good for them.

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