The following quotation is verbatim from Swami Vivekananda:
"According to the philosophers of India, the universe is composed of two entities, one of which they call akasa (sic), and the other, prana. Akasa is the all-penetrating existence. Everything that has form, everything that is the result of combination, is evolved out of akasa. It is akasa that becomes the air, that becomes liquids, that becomes the solids; it is akasa that becomes the sun, the earth, the moon, the stars, the comets; it is akasa that becomes the human body, the animal body, the plants, every form that we see, everything that can be sensed, everything that exists. It can not be perceived; it is so subtle that it is beyond all ordinary perception; it can only be seen when it has become gross and has taken a form. At the beginning of creation there is only akasa; at the end of a cycle solids, liquids, and gases all melt into akasa again, and the next creation similarly proceeds out of akasa."1
Notice the Swami says, "it is so subtle that it is beyond all ordinary perception." That is to say, it may be seen by the true Alchemist, Adept or Yogi. For Akasa, or Akasha, is none other than the Substance Mode of AIN SUPh AUR, the Universal First Matter. The Illuminati, through physical bodies and consciousness heightened by the alchemical process, have expanded their awareness to the level where Isis has lifted the Third Veil of the Absolute that lies beyond the vision of ordinary humanity. Their inner vision perceives the ocean of primordial light substance from which all other things in the universe are made. Akasha, the Pneuma of the Greeks, Aether in Latin, is the Quintessence of the alchemists. Akasha is the Omnipresence mode of the One, Divine Essence. Modern science calls this substance ‘dark matter.' Prana is currently identified by the modern physicists as ‘dark energy.' The Swami mentions that Akasha becomes air, liquid and solids as mulaprakriti compacts itself into more dense manifestations. The One contains the four, then becomes five by its self inclusion. Yet this one, four, and five-thing manifests itself by three distinct principles or modes called sattvaguna, rajasgunna, and tamasguna in eastern traditions. In western alchemy these are Mercury, Sulphur and Salt. In Hindu symbolism, Akasha Tattva (see TATTVA) takes the form of a black or indigo egg for its symbol and is stationed primary in order of the five subtle principles of matter. Of the five senses attributed to the Tattvas, Akasha, being first, is assigned the function hearing. The other four senses are derived thereby, but first came sound in the order of creation. The western Bible declares in Genesis: "And God said...." In the New Testament, the Gospel according to St. John affirms: "In the beginning was the Word." Over fifteen hundred years later Jacob Boehme wrote about his illumination in the Aurora, chapter 6:
"From all qualities the whole divine power of the Father speaketh forth the WORD; that is, the Son of God."2
Akasha, being the actual substance of the Universal Sub-conscious Mind, holds all the activities of creation in its memory -- past, present, and future. It is a memory substance. We have read and heard of the Akashic Records from various sources. In the past it was eroneously believed that in the heavenly aethers somewhere an angel or some other diaphanous, winged entity would submit a scroll with all your intimate details scribed thereon. Or that there was a chamber somewhere with acres of file cabinets holding the complete information of anyone who ever lived. But the Universal Memory Substance is as our personal memory substance, save in scope and degree. As we can pull up those childhood memories, or even the memories from last week with the greatest of ease, so can any enlightened individual pull memories out of the cosmic record. We all are intimately connected within the super-conscious level beyond the depths of our personal subconscious. Other schools of Qabalah call these personal recollections רשם, reshimo, 'memory, recollection.' The recollections are not themselves the substance. They are the memories held within that Akashic Substance, absorbed, if you will, like the liquid ink in the parchment. The ink is the reshimo, the parchment is Akasha.
The musical note ‘A Natural’ is used in conjunction with the indigo egg for Akasha, and can be heard with the inner ear when meditated upon successfully. Chanting OM or AUM in A-Natural will recall the ocean of sound, seemingly almost electronic in tone. Referrence with APAS, VAYU, TEJAS and PRITHIVI tattvas.
1 Vivekananda, Swami, Raja-Yoga. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1982, pg. 34.
2 Boehme, Jacob, Aurora. Trans. by John Sparrow. Ed. by C. J. Barker & D. S. Hehner. Edmonds, WA: Sure Fire Press, limited 1992 ed., pg. 121.