Akasha means space – transcendental space. The first and finest element, the pregnant emptiness of consciousness; pure knowledge of itself. The cooperative Cosmic glue which holds us all together, each single form, and all harmoniously; the carrier wave of creation. This akasha is mirrored by physical representation, as in ‘outer space’, though it permeates everything. Physical manifestation is only a partial picture, capturing akasha in equal measure, though the transcendental space remains undiminished and unbroken.
What is the benefit of akasha to practical life? It is the emptiness that cosmic energy inhabits, the enlivening signature saturating each object of consciousness, magnified by sattva, or purity, into shakti, life-force. By creating a sattvic environment within our ever expanding awareness, encompassing any and all objects of consciousness, the energy of anything can be seen clearly, and set to balance. The gross materialized form serves as an infinitely diversified container for akasha, and is an obvious manifestation of its individualized energy.
By dwelling in akasha, we find a fundamental place from which to effect improvements – anywhere, and for anyone. Akasha is where we can exist without disturbance, an all pervading space where anything can be seen in each of its component parts. Then, depending on the need and the responsibility, improvements are made, solely in terms of the object. No interference or attachment ever occurs. It would be too gross, and is both cosmically disallowed and well known as a boundary.
Although dwelling in akasha gives us access to anything and everything, we also always listen to the whispers of Divinity within our hearts. We only take action with intention, cosmic purpose, and compassion. It is a self-reinforcing ascending spiral of refinement, ability, and knowledge – as we complete each task, our clarity and purity increases (or perhaps it is the other way ’round…).
All of this occurs in the context of our personalities, whatever comes naturally. Just like any time we are given a new tool, some may build a house using it, others a water wheel, and others produce a lovely carved mandala. It just depends on what we are drawn to.
This is in no way a denial of ordinary physical life. Instead, it is the way to ensure that life supporting dharma, with the critical and conscious assistance of Divinity, always prevails, building an invincible edifice of equality, prosperity, and peace for all.
~ All Glory to His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Sri Brahmananda Saraswati ~