Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Four
Śrī Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-darpaṇa
(A Mirror Reflecting the Worship Which Follows Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī)

Song 16

(1&2)
nāyikāra śiromaṇi        braje rādhā ṭhākurāṇī
pañca-bidha sakhī-gaṇa tā’ra
sakhī nitya-sakhī āra         prāṇa-sakhī ataḥ para
priyā-sakhī ei hoilo cāra

pañcama parama-preṣṭha        sakhī-gaṇa madhye śreṣṭha
boli saba śuno bibaraṇa
kusumikā bindhyābatī          dhaniṣṭhādi braja-satī
sakhī-gaṇa madhyete gaṇana

 1-2) The transcendental Goddess, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, has five different divisions of girlfriends in Vraja. She holds Her position as the crown jewel amongst all of these heroines. Their divisions are: 1) the sakhīs, 2) the nitya-sakhīs, 3) the prāṇa-sakhīs, 4) the priya-sakhīs, and 5) the parama-preṣṭhasakhīs. This last division is undoubtedly the best of all, for they are the dearest to Śrī Rādhā. Please listen carefully as I describe all of these dear girlfriends of Hers. Counted amongst the sakhīs are gopīs such as Kusumikā, Vindhyāvati and Dhaniṣṭhā who are very chaste in Vraja-dhāma.

(3)
śrī-rūpa rati kasturī         śrī-guṇa maṇi-mañjarī
prabhṛti rādhikā-nitya-sakhī
prāṇa-sakhī bahu tāra         basanti nāyikā āra
pradhāna tāhāra śaśimukhī

3) The nitya-sakhīs include Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī, Śrī Ratī Mañjarī, śrī Guṇa Mañjarī, and others. Rādhārāṇī’s prāṇa-sakhīs are numerous, including Śrī Vasantī, and Śrī Nāyikā, and the principle gopī is Śrī Śaśimukhī.

(4)
kuraṅgākṣī mañjukeśī      sumadhyā madanālasī
kamalā mādhurī kāmalatā
kandarpasundarī āra      mādhabī mālatī āra
śaśikalā rādhā-sebā-rata

  4) The priya-sakhīs include Kurāṅgākṣī, Mañjukeśī, Sumadhyā, Madanālasī, Kamalā, Mādhurī, Kāma-latā, Kandarpa-sundarī, Mādhavī, Malatī, and Śaśi-kalā, who are all fondly attached to rendering service to Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

(5)
lalitā biśākhā citrā          tuṅgabidyā campalatā
indulekhā raṅga-debī satī
sudebīti aṣṭa-jana       parama-preṣṭha sakhī-gaṇa
rādhā-kṛṣṇe sebe eka mati

5) There are eight parama-preṣṭa-sakhīs, whose only concern is to serve Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa with every aspect of their existence, whole-heartedly and selflessly. They are Lalitā, Viśākha, Citrā, Tuṅgavidyā, Campalatā, Indulekhā, Raṅga-devī and Sudevī, who are the chastest of all the sahkīs.