The Akashic Records, Memory, & Musings

The Akashic Records, Memory, & Musings

The Akashic Record is

a theosophical term referring to an universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. The records are impressed on a subtle substance called akasha (or Soniferous Ether). In Hindu mysticism this akasha is thought to be the primary principle of nature from which the other four natural principles, fire, air, earth, and water, are created. These five principles also represent the five senses of the human being (

Could what some call the Akashic Records really be the realm of Mnemosyne?

There is a Hindu god called Chitragupta who is the keeper of the Akashic Records. You can read more about him here. He is the “Hindu god assigned the task of keeping complete records of actions of all human beings on the earth. Upon their death, Chitragupta has the task of deciding heaven or hell for the humans, depending on their actions. Chitragupta Maharaj (Chitragupta the King) is the patron deity of Kayasthas, a Hindu caste of India” (Wikipedia).

I can’t shake this idea that Memory is a very crucial element in the quest for truth. We are just starting to realize the importance of genetic memory and other ideas, such as Jung’s collective unconscious. Remembering, recollecting have been important philosophical ideas since the time of the ancients. During the Renaissance, thinkers like Giordano Bruno and Robert Fludd rediscovered the lost Ars Memoriae and constructed complex systems (Memory Palace) for memorizing large amounts of information. But why? How does the imagination play into this? I have a gut-feeling that these things are very important to us, and that mankind, in it’s quest for scientific knowledge at all cost, has ignored something that is necessary for its survival.

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