ratna-gaṇa-madhye yaiche kaustubha-maṇi
rasa-kāvya-madhye taiche ei śloka gaṇi
ratna-gaṇa—the valuable jewels; madhye—among; yaiche—just as; kaustubha-maṇi—the jewel known as Kaustubha-maṇi; rasa-kāvya—poetry dealing with the mellows of devotional service; madhye—among; taiche—similarly; ei—this; śloka—verse; gaṇi—I count.
As the Kaustubha-maṇi is considered the most precious of valuable stones, this verse is similarly considered the best of poems dealing with the mellows of devotional service.
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