Question: What does “Back to Godhead” mean?
Romapada Swami answers: The Magazine of the Hare Krishna Movement is named “Back to Godhead”, above the logo of the magazine these words are written: Godhead is light. Nescience is darkness. Where there is Godhead there is no nescience. Back to Godhead means back to the the light, back to the Supreme, back to The Absolute Truth where there is no darkness.
This phrase is taken from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.5.25 where it is stated: “tamasi ma jyotir gama”. “Don’t stay in darkness. Go to the light.” That is the Vedic injunction.
Similarly, in the Sri Isopanisad (Discovering The Original Person) which was spoken by the Personified Vedas it is stated:
“Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death and enjoy the full blessings of immortality.”
The student or disciple with the aid of sadhu, sastra and guru must make a conscious effort to move towards the light and leave behind the darkness or ignorance.