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In theosophy and anthroposophy, the akashic records (from akasha, the Sanskrit word for 'sky' 'space' or 'aether') are a compendium of mystical knowledge supposedly encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane.
The akashic records – akasha being a Sanskrit word meaning "sky", "space" or "aether" – are described as containing all knowledge of human experience and all experiences as well as the history of the cosmos encoded or written in the very aether or fabric of all existence. The records or The Book of Life in the Bible (Psalm 69:28, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 20:15 and Revelation 21:27) are metaphorically on a non-physical plane described as a library; other analogies commonly found in discourse on the subject include a "universal supercomputer" and the "Mind of God". People who describe the records assert that they are constantly updated automatically, and that they can be accessed through astral projection or under deep hypnosis. The concept was popularized in the theosophical, a 19th century occult Victorian orientalism movement founded by Madame H. P. Blavatsky, writer of several books. According to the doctrine, there is no end to all things - merely a convergence or return to a light body of consciousness. Various views are held according to study, because this is not a religion. It is derived from Hindu philosophy of Samkhya as well as ancient Tibetan scrolls and Buddhist writings. It is promulgated in the Samkhya philosophy that the Akashic records are automatically recorded in the elements of akasha - one of the five types of elements visualized as existing in the elemental theory of Ancient India, called Mahabhuta which is not a religious book, but rather a collection of colorfully historical stories spanning millions of years, from a period of prehistory and pregenesis (an esoteric biblical dogma) period of a long dead advanced civilization, wiped out by war and other calamity.
In the Mahabharata mention is made of Chitragupta (lit. "hidden picture"). He is the son of Brahma and a minister of Dharma and his duty is to examine a list of the good and evil actions of men (the Agrasamdhani) after their death. "Nothing is lost of either piety or sin that is committed by creatures. On days of the full moon and the new moon, those acts are conveyed to the Sun where they rest. When a mortal goes into the region of the dead, the deity of the Sun bears witness to all his acts. He that is righteous acquires the fruits of his righteousness there." (Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Section 130, Ganguli trans.) The term akashic records is frequently used in New Age discourse. Refer also to Edgar Cayce wrote a book "The Law of One", Book 1 referred to as The Hall of Records.
The Akashic Records are also compared to- The Internet, knowledge accessible through the subconscious mind.
Accounts of purported akashic access 
C.W. Leadbeater, who claimed to be clairvoyant, conducted research into the akashic records. He said he inspected them at the Theosophical Society headquarters in Adyar (Tamil Nadu), India in 1910 and recorded the results in his book Man: How, Whence, and Whither? The book reputes to record the history of Atlantis and other civilizations as well as the future society of Earth in the 28th century.
Alice A. Bailey is not part of orthodox Theosophy but branched off in her own Bailey group known as The Lucis Trust formally the Lucifer Trust. She wrote in her book Light of the Soul on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Book 3 - Union achieved and its Results:
"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: The life 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."
In The Law of One, Book I, a book purported to contain conversations with a channeled "social memory complex" known to humans as Ra, when the questioner asks where Edgar Cayce received his information, the answer received is,
"We have explained before that the intelligent infinity is brought into intelligent energy from eighth density or octave. The one sound vibratory complex called Edgar used this gateway to view the present, which is not the continuum you experience but the potential social memory complex of this planetary sphere. The term your peoples have used for this is the "Akashic Record" or the "Hall of Records"."
See also 
- Esoteric cosmology
- Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy
- Holographic principle
- Information capacity of the universe
- Life review
- Seth Lloyd
- Edgar Cayce
- Store consciousness
- Theosophical Society
- The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
- The Library of Babel
- Besant, Annie and Leadbeater, C.W. Man: How, Whence, and Whither?, Adyar, India, 1913, Theosophical Publishing House. On page vii of the introduction, Leadbeater says the information in the book is a result of his inspection of the akashic record.
- Rudolf Steiner, The Fifth Gospel. Investigation of the Akasha Chronicle. Five lectures given in Christiania, 1913 (London: Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co., 1950).
- Rudolf Steiner, The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, Their History and Civilization. Being Chapters From The Âkâshic Records (London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1911)
- Elkins, Rueckert, McCarty: The Ra Material: An Ancient Astronaut Speaks, p. 141, The Donning Company, 1984.