Going Back to Godhead

Going back to Godhead means to reach life’s ultimate goal. We often use this term when talking about the return of the self—atma—to its original and permanent home in the spiritual world.

Godhead means the divine, spiritual nature of the Supreme Person, Krishna, the ultimate source of all energies. It also refers to the kingdom of God, a luminous, ecstatic spiritual environment where everyone is extremely happily living with Krishna in varieties of loving relationships. This spiritual world is the soul’s natural environment.

The practice of bhakti-yoga helps to reawaken our normal, spiritual consciousness, and prepares us to re-enter the spiritual world, go back to Godhead. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna says that anyone who understands and loves Him goes back to Godhead, never to return to the material world.

(Painting depicts a devotee of Krishna re-entering the spiritual world.)