– Akashic Record:
Akashic record, in occultism, a
compendium of pictorial records, or "memories," of all
events, actions, thoughts, and feelings that have occurred since the
beginning of time. They are said to be imprinted on Akasha, the
astral light, which is described by spiritualists as a fluid ether
existing beyond the range of human senses. The Akashic records are
reputedly accessible to certain select individuals....Akasha
allegedly transmits the waves of human willpower, thought, feeling,
and imagination and is a reservoir of occult power, an ocean of
unconsciousness to which all are linked, making prophecy and
Dictionary of All Scriptures &
Myths by G.A. Gaskell:
Akasa, Ether-Space: "First in
order, Akasa, 'ether' with the distinguishing property of sound or
in other words, the substratum of sound (which sound is the vishaya
or object for a corresponding organ of sense, the ear). Tootnote,–The
Ramayana, II. 110. 5, makes Brahma spring from ether, but the Epic
and Puranic accounts of akasa are very inconsistent. Some say that
it was created and is perishable, others that it was not created and
is eternal." - Mon. Williams, Indian Wisdom, p.93
Thoth speaks of the
"Greater" and "Lesser" Akashic. The
"Greater" is imperishable and the "Lesser is not.
To continue from Gaskell...
"He (Brahman) who, dwelling in
the akasa, is distinct from akasa, whom the akasa knows not, whose
body the akasa is, who rules the akasa from within, he is thy soul,
the inner guide, the immortal."–Brihad. Upanishad, III. 7,
"It is the akasa, out of which
all these creatures proceed, and into which they are again received,
the akasha is older than they all, the akasa is the ultimate
end."–Khand. Upanishad, I. 9, 1.
Sufi Master Hazarat Inayat Khan, excerpted from "The Way of
accommodation; not necessarily what man calls the sky, although the
sky is an accommodation. On the model of the Akasha the whole
creation has been based...all that exists is contained in an
accommodation in the Akasha, and by being in Akasha the nature of
all things is revealed.
From a Sanskrit Glossary
from "Integral Yoga Literature" at:
akasa (Akasha) ether;
[as one of the five bhutas]: the static principle of extension which
is the eternal matrix of things.
From An Invitation to The Secret
Doctrine -- H. P. Blavatsky
A Glossary at:
Akasha, Akasa (Skt, fr kas,
"to shine") "space, vacuity," aether, the fifth cosmic element; subtle spiritual essence or
substance which pervade all space.
From a "Collation of
Theosophical Glossaries" at:
TG Aether (Gr.). With the
ancients the divine luminiferous substance which pervades
the whole universe, the "garment" of the Supreme Deity,
Zeus, or Jupiter. With the moderns, AEther,
for the meaning of which in physics and chemistry
see Webster's Dictionary or any other. In esotericism ether is the third principle of the Kosmic Septenary; the
Earth being the lowest,
then the Astral Light, Ether
and Akasa (phonetically akasha) the highest. KT
Aether (Gr.) With the Ancients, the Divine luminiferous substance
which pervades the whole universe; the
"garment" of the Supreme Deity, Zeus, or Jupiter.
With the Moderns, Ether, for the meaning of which, in physics and chemistry, see Webster's Dictionary, or some
other. In Esotericism, AEther is the third
principle of the Kosmic Septenary, matter (earth) being the lowest,
and Akasa, the highest. WGa Aether, same
as Ether. The great luminiferous substance throughout the whole
universe. Astral Light, Akasa, and the like are forms of Aether.
SD INDEX Aether I 330-2, 527
&nn. See also Akasa, Daiviprakriti, Elements, Ether,
Good further insights in eastern
Of interest, the formation
of a fetus from the various elements, including akasha:
Gives a further insight into
the qualities and nature of akasha from the eastern
Some great references here
including Steiner and Cayce.
More from Blavatsky in
"Isis Unvelied" on Akasha:
From an Esoteric Glossary
ADITI - ADITYA Sanskrit.
"The Vedic name for the Mulaprakriti of the Vedantists;
the abstract aspect of Parabrahman, though both unmanifested and
unknowable. In the Vedas Aditi is the "Mother-Goddess",
her terrestrial symbol being infinite and
shoreless space." "The
boundless, i.e., space; aether; akasa; Vedic name for mulaprakriti; abstract space, or ideal nature, corresponding
with the Egyptian Isis, the female side of
procreative nature." "Aditi,
Aditya Aditi is 'Boundless Infinitude'; a compound of a -- not, diti -- limit; hence in compound, 'unlimited.'
Ancient mystics called Aditi 'the Divine
Mother of every existing being.' In a still deeper sense Aditi
represents 'Divine Wisdom.' Aditya, meaning 'born of Aditi,' is one of the names given to the sun. The seven Adityas
or 'Sons of Aditi' are the seven gods
whose bodies or dwellings are the seven planets of our Solar
System. Some of the more mystical writings speak of twelve Adityas or Planetary Gods. Esoteric philosophy teaches
that five of these twelve planets are
invisible to us at present. " (From The Occult Glossary) Ahamkara (Sanskrit) [from aham ego, I + kara
maker, doer from the verbal root kri to
do] I-maker; conception of egoity or I-am-I-ness. In its lower aspect, the egoistical and mayavi principle, born
of avidya (ignorance), which produces the
notion of the personal ego as being different from the universal
self. In Sankhya philosophy ahamkara is the third emanation: from
prakriti (primal nature or substance) issues mahat (the great), standing for universal mind, which in turn
produces ahamkara, selfhood, individuality;
from ahamkara come forth the five tanmatras, the subtle forms
of the elements or principles and "the two series of sense
organs" (Samkhya-Sutra 1:61).
In the Bhagavad-Gita (7:4),
prakriti manifests in eight portions -- "earth,
water, fire, air, ether [space: kham-akasa], mind [manas], understanding
[buddhi] and egoity, self-sense [ahamkara]" -- all of which relate to the object side, which gives an
erroneous sense of identity or egoity.
self-consciousness, ahamkara has "a triple aspect, as also Manas. For this conception of 'I,' or one's Ego,
is either sattwa, 'pure quietude,' or
appears as rajas, 'active,' or remains tamas, 'stagnant,' in darkness.
It belongs to Heaven and Earth, and assumes the properties of either" (SD 1:335n).