May 25, 2018
The word Akasha can be traced back to its Sumerian origin where it
was used to refer to ether, both in its elemental and metaphysical
Perhaps the person we need to turn to when speaking about the Akasha
or ether is a man whose importance has not been truly appreciated:
Nikola Tesla - a genius polymath, inventor and a
mechanical and electrical engineer.
In an interview dubbed
Man's Greatest Achievement, Nikola
matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond
conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether,
which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force,
calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and
However, even before
Nikola Tesla, philosophers and ancient scholars wondered whether the
so-called ether existed.
If we take a look at 'The Indian Travels of Apollonius of Tyana,' we
will find further mention of the so-called ether.
If we take a look at ancient Hinduism, Akash is the fifth of
the 'five great elements':
"And they allowed
Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they
thought the cosmos was composed"; but they replied, "Of
"Are there then four?" he asked.
"Not four," said
Larchas, "but five."
"And how can there be a fifth," said Apollonius, "alongside
water and air and earth and fire?"
"There is the ether," replied the other, "which we must regard
as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal
creatures inhale the air, so do immortal and divine natures
inhale the ether."
"Am I," said Apollonius, "to regard the universe as a living
"Yes," answered the
Akasha or ākāśa is a term
for either space or ćther in traditional Indian cosmology.
In ancient Sanskrit, it
is used to describe the 'ether' (ćther), which is an impalpable,
immaterial, subtle and intangible fluid, which the ancient Hindus
believed exists across and 'inside' the entire universe and would be
the vehicle of sound and life.
We come to understand that ether or Akasha is basically the
fundament of all that exists in our material world.
In numerous ancient teachings, Akasha is considered the invisible
force behind the creation of all matter.
Furthermore, in Vedantic Hinduism,
Akasha is translated to as the
basis and essence of all things in the material world; and is
considered the first material element created from the astral world.
As noted, it is the source of energy for material
behind the Akashic Records
So what are
the Akashic Records?
Alice A. Bailey wrote in her
The Light of the Soul - Book
3 - Union achieved and its Results (1927):
The akashic record is
like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires
and earth experiences of our planet.
Those who perceive it
will see pictured thereon:
experiences of every human being since time began, the
reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the
aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature (based
on desire) of every human unit throughout time.
Herein lies the great
deception of the records.
Only a trained occultist can
distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures
created by imagination and keen desire.
The meaning of Akashic
records can be summed up as the 'data' that in theory exists in a
single place, in a non-physical way, outside of time and space.
In these, records we can discover the absolute knowledge and
experience of our soul.
Almost as if it were part
of a supercomputer of cosmic information where our past lives, the
present and future possibilities (forming part of the theory
of reincarnation), as well as the
sense of our existence, reside.
The Akashic records (from Akasha, in Sanskrit: sky, space, ether),
can also be summed up as a kind of memory (of everything that has
happened since the beginning of time) that has become embedded and
registered in the ether.
There, everything that has happened since the beginning of time and
all the knowledge of the universe is found safely guarded since time
If we take a look at their meaning from a Theosophical and Anthroposophical point of view, we find that the Akashic records are
a summary of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent
ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future...