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Song Name: Radha Krsna Guna Gana Mithasakhi Samvardhana

Official Name: Rupanuga Bhajana Darpana Song 17

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Book Name: Gitamala

Language: Bengali




rādhā-kṛṣṇa-guṇa-gāna         mithāsakti sambardhana

ubhayābhisāra sampadana

kṛṣṇa sakhī-samarpaṇa         narma-bākya-āswādana

ubhayera subeśa-racana



citta-bhāba-utgatana          mitha-cchidra sańgopana

pratīpa janera subańcana

kuśala śikhaṇa āra       sammilana du'janara

byajanādi bibidha sebāna



ubhaya kuśala dhyāna          doṣe tiraskāra dāna

paraspara sandeśa bāhana

rādhikāra daśā-kāle      prāṇa-rākha su-kauśale

sakhī-sādhāraṇ akārja jana



jeba je sakhīra kārja         biśeṣa boliyā dharja

pradarśita ha'be jathā-sthāne

rūpānuga bhaje jeba      je sakhīra jei sebā

tad-anuga sei sebā māne



1) Some of the typical services rendered by the sakhis are: 1) singing songs together about the glories of Radha- Krsna, 2) performing activities which increase Their attachment for one another, 3) executing the successful performance of Their secret rendezvous, 4) offering different sakhis to Krsna for His pleasure, 5) pleasing Them by allowing Them to taste the soft, joking speech and comments of the sakhis, and 6) decorating Their bodies with different types of fascinating ornaments, flowers, and cloth, all expertly arranged.


2) 7) The sakhis sometimes have to seek out and discover the particular ecstatic emotion which is hidden within the deepest core of Their hearts, 8) they have to hide the faults of Radha or Krsna at times, 9) and sometimes they have to cheat persons who are opposed to Their meeting. 10) Then, understanding the situation of Their deep-rooted, innermost feelings, they give expert advice which 11) causes Them to unite happily. 12) During the whole time they render numerous other services spontaneously, such as fanning Them gently with jeweled peacock-tail fans and yak-tail whisks.


3) 13) Keeping in mind the benefit of Them Both, the sakhis sometimes have to chastise Them for some fault, 14) they are highly skilled in remembering the momentary moods and inner desires of Radharani when they convey messages between Radha and Krsna ( in Their presence or at other times when They are separated), 15) they are most expert in maintaining Radharani's life during the performance of Their pastimes, in accordance with the specific changes of Her emotional ecstasies which continuously move this way and that. These are all some of the typical services rendered during a day in the life of Srimati Radharani's girlfriends,


4) Each sakhi is fixed up in her own specific eternal service, which she engages in befittingly at the proper time and place. Whoever wants to do the bhajana which strictly follows Srila Rupa Gosvami dwells upon one particular sakhi and her seva and thus becomes her follower.



Sixteen services are usually listed by Srila Rupa Gosvami. The final one, not mentioned here, is sarva-visaye prayatna --- special care and attention in all matteers.


UPDATED: July 7, 2009