Spiritual Inquiries: 9. The Akashic Records
Feb 07, 2006 11:06 PM
Chitra guptam mahaa praajnam lekhaneepatra dhaarinam;
Chitra-ratnaambara-dhaararn madhyastham sarvadehinaam.
The Chitra Guptas, who are endowed with great intelligence and
copious memory, keep records and preserves on leaves with pencil,
the memory of every act of the souls. Wearing jewels of precious
stones, they mediate as umpire between all souls that are
Chitra guptam - The Chitra Guptas (who are endowed with)
maha praajnam - great intelligence and copious memory, (and who)
lekhaneepatra - with (their) pencil, on leaves
dhaarinam - keep records and preserve the memory (and who)
Chitra-ratnaambara-dhaararn - wearing jewels of precious metals
madhyastham - mediate as umpire (madhyasthaha is an epithet of
Lord Shiva also)
sarvadehinaam - between all souls that are embodied.
Hindus meditate on this invocation to the Chitra Guptas, the
recording angels of the Hindu pantheon, on the Chitra Purnima day
(full moon day of the Chaitra month) that falls in April.
The twelve months of the Hindu lunar year are named after the star
during whose ascendency the full moon of that month occurs.
Chaitra is the first month of the year and the Chaitra star is
sacred to the Chitra Guptas. The festival of Chitra Purnima is
celebrated with offerings to these angels in Yama Dharma Raja's
court, who keep the karmic records of all souls that are embodied
on successive reincarnations. Based on these records, Lord Yama
guides the souls on further course of their evolution.
The terms chitra and gupta are highly evocative. Together they
refer to the picturized and esoteric records of memory. Even
though the recording angels are symbolized with pencil and leaves
for keeping the records of souls, their very name implies that the
records are kept in the form of pictures. Not just still
photographs, but a living, cinematograpic record, as we will see
in this article.
The Chitra Purnima festival ends with a moonlight dinner served
with chitraannam, a variety of colorful rice dishes, such as the
lemon rice, the tamarind rice, the coconut rice and the curd rice,
among other delicacies.
When a man dies, and while his prana and etheric double withdraw
from his physical body, he watches a personal movie of his life in
the incarnation that just ended.
Arthur Powell, who compiled the works of leading Theosophists
(other than H.P. Blavatsky) in five volumes, speaks of this
scenario in the volume The Etheric Double as below:
"It is during the withdrawal of the double, as well as afterwards,
that the whole of the man's past life passes swiftly in review
before the Ego, every forgotten nook and corner of the memory
yielding up its secrets, picture by picture, event by event. In
these few seconds the Ego lives over again his whole life, seeing
his successes and failures, loves and hatreds: he perceives the
predominant tendency of the whole, and the ruling thought of the
life asserts itself, marking the region in which the chief part of
the post-mortem life will be spent. As the Kaushitakopanishat
describes it, at death Prana gathers everything together and,
withdrawing from the body, hands everything onwards to the Knower,
who is the receptacle of all."
People who had NDE (near-death experiences) have testified to
watching the movie of their personal life. The karmic records of
the souls are stored as multimedia books of evolution of each soul
through its long journey of repeated incarnations. These karmic
records are generally referred to by the term Akashic Records.
The equivalent of Chitra Gupta's records are found in other
religions too. The following is an excerpt from the book What
Becomes Of The Soul After Death by Swamy Sivananda (of the Divine
"The departed soul will wait for some time. Then God will appear
to judge them. Mohammed will take the office of intercessor. Then
everyone will be examined regarding all his actions in his life.
All the limbs and parts of the body will be made to confess the
sins committed by each. Each person will be given a book in which
all his actions are recorded. This corresponds to the books of the
Hindus in which Chitragupta, the Superintendent of Lord Yama,
records all the actions of human beings.
Gabriel will hold a balance and the books will be weighed in the
balance. Those, whose virtuous deeds are heavier than the evil
ones, will be sent to heaven. Those, whose wicked deeds are
heavier than their good actions, will be sent to hell.
This belief of the Mohammedans has been taken from the Jews. The
old Jewish writers have mentioned of the books to be produced at
the last day, which contain a record of men's deeds and the
balance wherein they shall be weighed.
The Jews borrowed this idea from the Zoroastrians. The
Zoroastrians hold that two angels named Mehr and Sarush will stand
on the bridge on the day of Judgement to examine every person as
he passes. Mehr represents divine mercy; He will hold a balance in
his hand to weigh the actions of men. God will pronounce the
sentence in accordance with the report of Mehr. If the good
actions preponderate, if they turn the scale even by the weight of
a hair, they will be sent to heaven. But those whose good deeds
will be found light, will be thrown from the bridge into hell by
the other angel, Sarush, who represents Justice of God.
There is a bridge called Al Sirat by Mohammed, which is on the
road to heaven. This bridge is thrown over the abyss of hell. This
bridge is finer than hair and sharper than the edge of a sword.
Those Mohammedans, who have done good deeds, will easily cross
this bridge. Mohammed will lead them. The evil-doers will miss
their footing and fall down headlong into the hell, which is
gaping beneath them.
The Jews speak of the bridge of hell which is not broader than a
thread. The Hindus speak of Vaitarani. The Zoroastrians teach that
all men will have to pass over the bridge called Pul Chinavat on
the last day."
The Akashic Records constitute the only reliable history of the
world. They are also referred to as the memory of nature, the true
Karmic Records, or the Book of the Lipika.
The term Akashic is a misnomer: though the records are read from
akasha, the matter of the mental world, they do not belong to that
world. The term Akashic implies that it is in the mental world
that the first definite reflections of the records is encountered.
The originals of these records are stored in far higher planes, of
which little is known.
The great original records are actually the memory of the Solar
Logas, whose causal body includes the entire solar system. They
are reflected in the matter of the lower planes. Theosophical
research has shown these reflections to exist on the buddhic,
mental and astral planes. A person with a developed causal body
can read these records with reliable accuracy on the mental plane.
Akashic Records on the Astral Plane
On the astral plane, the matter is in rapid and turbulent motion.
So the reflections of the records on this plane are highly
imperfect and unreliable. Further, the reflections are like
three-dimensional objects reflected in a two-dimensional water
surface: they show only the shape and colour, and the objects are
If a cliarvoyant has acquired only astral sight, then he can never
reliably read these astral records. He can of course, train
himself with vigorous practice to sift the chaff from the grain
and construct from broken reflections, but that would be a waste
of labour, because by the time he acquires this facility, he would
have developed mental sight, which would enable him to read the
records far more reliably from the mental plane!
Akashic Records on the Mental Plane
On the mental plane, the akashic records can be read without
mistakes, since the conditions here are far different. This means
that if two or more clairvoyants examine a record using mental
sight, they would see the same reflection, and get a correct
impression from reading it. The ability to read the records on the
mental plane requires that the Ego is fully awakened in order to
use the atomic matter of the plane.
People witnessing events on the physical plane differ in their
details when they describe them later, because of inherent
personal choices in their observations. This kind of personal
equation affects only minimally the description of the records on
the mental plane, but there is another difficulty.
The real difficulty lies in conveying the impressions received to
lower planes. We should remember that experiences on the mental
plane can hardly be described in identical manner within the
resources of the physical plane expressions. Just as
two-dimensional photographs cannot convey the true perspective of
the objects they represent, the impressions of the
five-dimensional mental plane can hardly be adequately described
on the three-dimensional physical plane. Theosophical
investigations on the mental plane are therefore, checked and
verified by two or more people, before they are published.
Nature of Akashic Records on the Mental Plane
On the astral plane the records generally appear as still
pictures. Occasionally they might be endowed with motion, implying
that the reflection is clearer.
A person on the mental plane who just observes the records without
thinking about them, would find that the records surround him as
the background to whatever is going on. He would feel like being
surrounded by an array of television screens, wherein the action
takes place in motion pictures, since they are really continuous
reflections of the ceaseless activity of a great Consciousness
upon a far higher plane.
Secondly, when the observer turns his attention to a scene, he
actually enters the scene as an unperceived observer! This is akin
to Harry Potter entering into a scene in the life of Tom Riddle
through the latter's diary. The observer is only a witness who
cannot change the course of a scene though he is present there,
and the actors are totally uncouscious of him, as they are only
More interesingly, the observer has these powers with which he can
control the scenes: Using his thoughts, he can fast-forward,
rewind, or zero-in on a picture to examine it minutely, spread the
entire lot of scenes before him and examine each picture, and go
through the events of one year in a time span of one hour! Since
he is actually present on the scene, he hears and understands what
people say. He is also conscious of their thoughts and motives!
There is one special case wherein the observer can take part in
the drama that unfolds before him: A scene he was part to, in an
earlier life. In this case, the observer can either witness what
passes before him, or re-experience his thoughts and emotions of
that time, though he cannot change the course of the scene. In
this case, since he is involved, the observer downloads the
related portion from the universal consciousness.
Educative Use of Akashic Records
Akashic records thus throw up interesting possibilities to the
student who has the power to examine them. He can review the
history of the world at his leisure and correct errors and
misrepresentations. He can also watch the geological history of
the earth, as it went through its cataclysms.
While observing history, determining the actual dates might be
done in many ways: 1. From the mind of an intelligent person
present on the scene. 2. Actually observing the date in a document
or monument and later converting this date to other calendar
systems. 3. Turning to other contemporary records to ascertain a
date. 4. Observing a known date and then fast-forwarding to the
required date, counting the years that pass by rapdily. 5. When
the years to pass by are in millenniums, compute the date from
astronomical data. 6. For records involving millions of years,
using the period of the precession of the equinoxes (approximately
26,000 years) as a unit, as much accuracy is not required in this
case. To make these things happen, the observer requires to have
perfect mental sight at his command.
Even with perfect mental sight at command that minimizes errors of
observation, we should remember that on the mental plane we are
looking at the records only from below (looking at them from above
is far beyond our present capabilities) and hence the perceptions
are not necessary perfect.
Akashic Records and Public Thought-Forms
An abundance of public thought-forms exist on the astral and
mental planes. These should not be confused to represent the
Public thought-forms comprise of public opinions of events and
characters, real and fictional. Products of thought-forms are also
made by authors of cinema, drama, fiction and other creative arts.
While watching the akashic records requires real mental sight,
watching public thought-forms require only a glimpse at the mental
Akashic Records and Psychometry
Psychometry is the faculty of divining knowledge about an object,
or about a person connected with it, through contact with the
object. It is based on the principle that every particle has
within it a record of everything that has occurred in its
neighbourhood. The object acts as a conductor between the record
and the psychometrist who handles it. A psychometrist for example,
can talk about the ancient life around the Stonehenge, by touching
a stone in the collection.
Psychometry probably finds expression even in ordinary memory. Our
brain cells probably act as links to make us remember our past
events from the akashic records.
A trained clairvoyant also needs a link to find an event he had no
previous knowledge of, from the records: 1. Where he has visited a
scene of the event, he can call up an image and use it to search
the records. 2. Where he has not visited the scene, he might use
the date of the records, and then locate an event of that date. 3.
He might locate a prominent person he can identify from the
records of a period and then use the person as a search reference
for the desire event.
Thus the power to read the memory of nature exists in varying
degress among people: 1. The accomplished clairvoyant who can read
the akashic records at will. 2. A psychometrist who requires an
object from the past to link to the events of the period. 3. The
person who gets glimpses of the past in occasional, spasmodic
visions. 4. A crystal-gazer who watches the scenes from the past
either consciously or unconsciously. 5. Psychics who can only
psychometrise on persons. These people, whey they meet a stranger,
can sometimes describe a prominent event in the person's past
Akashic Records on the Buddhic Plane
Since time and space are no longer limitations, akashic records on
the buddhic plane appear as a concurrent landscape of active
events, which appear to play out in an eternal now. The
omnipresent consciousness of the observer watches all the events
simultaneously, as happening now in the present, past and present
merging into one. They are no longer presented as the memory of
We can understand the concept of the eternal now by this simple
and purely physical analogy, that presumes two things: 1. Physical
light travels at its usual speed indefinitely into space without
loss. 2. The Ego being omnipresent is present at every point on
the space, not successively but concurrently.
In this set up, the Ego watches the events that take place along
the entire space simultaneously, precluding the concept of time.
Using the consciousness as a focus, the Ego can scan the events
forward or backward at any speed, and also have a continuous but
concurrent view of everything that takes place.
It should be noted here, that even with such a faculty, the
observer can only have vision and revision but not prevision. That
is the future cannot be seen by the limited Ego of the observer as
clearly as the past. This is so because the faculty to observe
future belongs to a still higher plane.
Bishop C.W. Leadbeater states in his book The Devachanic Plane
that in the devachanic regions of the mental plane, a developed
man can observe the future of an undeveloped man, but cannot
forsee his own future perfectly, because of his powerful will,
which might introduce changes in the pattern of life to come!
>From here, we proceed to the Devachanic Plane in the next article.
1. The Mental Body by Arthur E. Powell
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