In (at least one piece of) Buddhist literature, the Akashic Records are
also known as ``nature's memory.'' According to Kerrie Mercel's
Dictionary, it contains the story of every person's lives (past and
future) as well as ``a record of all events that pertain to the earth
plane.'' The Morgan's
Tarot gets a bit closer,
that ``The Akashic Records contain
the entire cosmic drama in all its dimensions, including the future and
the past. The records are available to the psyche of the reader and various
portions of them can be tapped. For further information,'' it concludes
in a bizarrely apt manner, ``please consult the head librarian located
somewhere in the main library.''
The Akashic Records are, as
once suggested (well, at least it
looked like such a suggestion to me), the storehouse of all knowledge.
Not only the events, but the literature, philosophy, physics and
metaphysics not only of the earth plane, but of many planes. Therein can be
found the answer to any question. Well, it's possible to find the
answer, anyway. It isn't in the slightest bit easy.
The Akashic Record may well be called the Library -- a Universal Library
as defined (and ultimately
trivialized) in W. V. Quine's Quiddities and envisioned by
in The Library of Babel.
It is a metaphysical place, accessible only to Popes on Unofficial
Discordian Monkey Business, largely because only Popes are hip to the
Curse of Greyface
and will notice when he starts whispering in their ears.
``All the answers are here,'' he will say. ``Don't you want to know
everything?'' Once you get caught up in believing that there
are answers, you're that much more likely to get caught up in
believing that they matter, and then you're that much more likely to get
caught up in looking for them. Once that happens, you can get trapped.
Once forgotten, the doorway out stops being there. That, incidentally, is
where all the librarians in Borges' story came from. Lost Popes all, who
have forgotten their way home in favor of their quest for knowledge.
oh time thy pyramids. Poor buggers.
Howe'er, for the Popes who keep their asses firmly in sight, there are lots
of fun things that can be found in the Akashic Records (as viewed through
the beady eye of the
-- stories, metaphysical wackiness,
jokes -- the whole shebang. In fact, I copied everything in HyperDiscordia
right from the Akasha (well, except for the stuff that, in true Discordian
tradition, was shamelessly plagiarized [but, then, everything ever
written is already in the Akashic Records someplace, so it's not
actually plagiarism, really. No, really]),
editing ever so slightly for content. You should
go and do likewise.