Akasha n: is believed by some mystical doctrines to be a mystical, spiritual substance where "memories" are stored since the beginning of time.  It is one of the five elements in Hindu philosophy and is often described as a form of atmosphere or ether.  The Akasha is thought by some to contain a record of everything that has ever happened, but also everything that will ever come to pass in the future.  Theosophists believe that persons with special psychic powers can tap into the Akasha or "Astral Light".  They achieve this by using their astral bodies or "astral senses" to search for spiritual insights which have been stored for all eternity.


According to ancient Indian tradition the universe consists of two fundamental properties.  These are motion and the space through which motion takes place.  This space is called the Akasha (Tib.: nam-mkhah).  It is also believed to be the substance that enables things to step through into reality and gain visible appearance, extension and corporeality.

The Akasha relates to the three dimensional space of our sense perception and this is called the "mahakasha".  The nature of the Akasha is limited not only to this three dimensionality, indeed it is made up of infinite dimensions comprising all possibilities of movement not only physical but spiritual as well.

"Akasha" is derived from the root kash, meaning "to radiate, to shine"  It also has the meaning of "ether" believed to be the medium of movement.

The Akasha is thought to be indivisible, eternal and all pervading.


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