Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 10 - Chapter 1 - Verse 014


ऊचुर्मुकुन्दैकधियो गिर उन्मत्तवज्जडम् ।चिन्तयन्त्योऽरविन्दाक्षं तानि मे गदत: श‍ृणु ॥ १४ ॥


ūcur mukundaika-dhiyogira unmatta-vaj jaḍamcintayantyo ’ravindākṣaṁtāni me gadataḥ śṛṇu


The queens would become stunned in ecstatic trance, their minds absorbed in Kṛṣṇa alone. Then, thinking of their lotus-eyed Lord, they would speak as if insane. Please hear these words from me as I relate them.


Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura explains that this superficial appearance of insanity in Lord Kṛṣṇa’s queens, as if they had become intoxicated by dhattūra or some other hallucinogenic drug, was in fact the manifestation of the sixth progressive stage of pure love of Godhead, technically known as prema-vaicitrya. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī refers to this variety of anurāga in his Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi (15.134): “When, as a natural by-product of one’s extreme love, one feels the distress of separation even in the direct presence of the beloved, this state is called prema-vaicitrya.”