sarve līlāvatārās te
jñātum icchāmy ado rūpaṁ
yad-arthaṁ 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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