pañca-sakhī madhye cāra, nitya-siddha rādhikāra
se sakale sādhana nā koilo
sakhī boli' ukta jei, sādhana-prabhābe tei
vraja-rāja pure bāsa pāilo
Amongst the five groups of Radharani's sakhīs, four are
eternally situated in their perfect roles (nitya-siddha).
They did not have to perform any ritualistic sādhana to
achieve their position. The fifth group is the gopis who
have newly attained residence in Vraja by dint of their sādhana.