(A Garland of Songs)
Śrī Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-darpaṇa – Song Fourteen
(A Mirror Reflecting the Worship Which Follows Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī)
su-ramyādi guṇa-gaṇa hoiyāche bibhūṣaṇa
pṛthu-prema su-mādhurja sampadera su-pracurja
1) Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s loving consorts are decorated quite befittingly with all the attractive womanly graces and charms such as gorgeous beauty and loveliness. They are decorated with these qualities to the maximum possible degree. And all of these consorts are abundantly thriving within the current of the most highly treasured, super-sweet, and immeasurable reservoir of pure prema. Thus, Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s lovers are especially relishable for Him within the vast realm of transcendental mellows.
ballabha to’ dwi-prakāra swīya parakīya āra
mugdhā madhyā pragalbheti troya
keho ba nāyikā tāhe keho sakhī hoite cāhe
nije to’ nāyikā nāhi hoya
2) Kṛṣṇa has two main divisions of lovers — those in svīya (wedded love) and those in parakīya (unwedded love). Heroines may also be classified as captivated, intermediate, and impudent. Some of them take leading roles as heroines, whereas some of them simply want to remain as an assisting friend or sakhī instead of playing the role of a heroine.
nāyikā-gaṇa-pradhāna rādhā candrā dui jana
sei dui madhye śreṣṭha rādhikā kṛṣṇera preṣṭha
3) There are two chief gopis amongst all of Kṛṣṇa heroines – Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Śrī Candrāvalī. Both of them are the reservoirs of the qualities of supreme transcendental beauty and cunning behavior. Amongst these two chief gopīs, Rādhārāṇī is certainly the best, for She is most dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa. She is naturally the embodiment of the complete storehouse of the most exalted, sublime ecstasy called mahā-bhāva.
āra jata nitya-priyā nija nija jūtha lañā
se du’yera korena sebana
śrī-rūpa-anuga jana śrī-rādhikā-śrī-caraṇa
binā nāhi jāne anya dhana
4) All the multitudes of Kṛṣṇa’s other dear lovers divide themselves into two parties, identifying either with the entourage of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī or with party of Candrāvalī. And each of them, within her preferred group, renders services in a thousand different ways for the pleasure of one of these two predominant heroines. However, the real followers of Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī possess no wealth other than full consciousness of their eternal treasure under the shelter of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s divine lotus feet.