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    राजोवाच भगवन् श्रोतुमिच्छामि हरेरद्भुतकर्मणः । अवतारकथामाद्यां मायामत्स्यविडम्बनम् ।। ८-२४-१ ।।

    Mahārāja Parīkṣit said: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is eternally situated in His transcendental position, yet He descends to this material world and manifests Himself in various incarnations. His first incarnation was that of a great fish. O most powerful Śukadeva Gosvāmī, I wish to hear from you the pastimes of that fish incarnation. ।। 8-24-1 ।।

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    यदर्थमदधाद्रूपं मात्स्यं लोकजुगुप्सितम् । तमःप्रकृतिदुर्मर्षं कर्मग्रस्त इवेश्वरः ।। ८-२४-२ ।।

    What was the purpose for which the Supreme Personality of Godhead accepted the abominable form of a fish, exactly as an ordinary living being accepts different forms under the laws of karma? The form of a fish is certainly condemned and full of terrible pain. ।। 8-24-2 ।।

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    एतन्नो भगवन् सर्वं यथावद्वक्तुमर्हसि । उत्तमश्लोकचरितं सर्वलोकसुखावहम् ।। ८-२४-३ ।।

    O my lord, what was the purpose of this incarnation? Kindly explain this to us, for hearing about the pastimes of the Lord is auspicious for everyone. ।। 8-24-3 ।।

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    सूत उवाच इत्युक्तो विष्णुरातेन भगवान् बादरायणिः । उवाच चरितं विष्णोर्मत्स्यरूपेण यत्कृतम् ।। ८-२४-४ ।।

    Sūta Gosvāmī said: When Parīkṣit Mahārāja thus inquired from Śukadeva Gosvāmī, that most powerful saintly person began describing the pastimes of the Lord’s incarnation as a fish. ।। 8-24-4 ।।

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    श्रीशुक उवाच गोविप्रसुरसाधूनां छन्दसामपि चेश्वरः । रक्षामिच्छंस्तनूर्धत्ते धर्मस्यार्थस्य चैव हि ।। ८-२४-५ ।।

    Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O King, for the sake of protecting the cows, brāhmaṇas, demigods, devotees, the Vedic literature, religious principles, and principles to fulfill the purpose of life, the Supreme Personality of Godhead accepts the forms of incarnations. ।। 8-24-5 ।।