The Akashic Records in Literature

More About The Book of Life in Religious and Other Texts

​The Akashic Records have been known and understood as a source of spiritual knowledge for thousands of years. Here are just a few references to Akashic Records and The Book of Life in respected religious texts.


The New Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Mahzor Hadash, Enhanced Edition © 1995, Prayer Book Press of Media Judaica
“You open the Book of Remembrance, and it speaks for itself,
For each of us has signed it with deeds.”
This is the sobering truth,
Which both frightens and consoles us:
Each of us is an author,
Writing, with deeds, in life’s Great Book.
And to each You have given the power
To write lines that will never be lost.
No song is so trivial,
No story is so commonplace,
No deed is so insignificant,
That You do not record it.
No kindness is ever done in vain;
Each mean act leaves its imprint;
All our deeds, the good and the bad,
Are noted and remembered by You.
So help us to remember always
That what we do will live forever;
That the echoes of the words we speak
Will resound until the end of time.
May our lives reflect this awareness;
May our deeds bring no shame or reproach.
May the entries we make in the Book of Remembrance
Be ever acceptable to You.

Zihronot: God remembers

You remember all that has transpired since the beginning of time. Before You all the secrets, all the hidden things of the ages are revealed. For You there is no forgetfulness; from You nothing is concealed.
You remember all deeds; and their authors are not forgotten by You. To You everything is clear, O Lord our God; You foresee the generations to the end of time.
You have appointed a time for bringing to judgment a multitude of human beings and their countless actions. From the beginning You made this known; in ancient days You revealed it to us.
Blessed is the person who does not forget You, who draws courage and strength from You. For those who seek You shall not stumble; those who trust in You shall not be put to shame when the record of all deeds is set before You and You examine every action.
You remembered Noah in love, mercifully saving him when you brought the flood to destroy all creatures because of their evil deeds. Because the records of his righteousness was known to You, Lord our God.​​​

Unetaneh Tokef

The Day of Judgment as envisioned by our ancestors…You, indeed, judge and admonish, discerning our motives, and witnessing our actions. You record and seal, count and measure; You remember even what we have forgotten.
You open the Book of Remembrance, ad the record speaks for itself, for each of us has signed it with deeds.
O God of life, inscribe us for a good life, inscribe us in the book of life, as it is written in the Torah: “And you, by clinging to the Lord our God, have all been kept alive to this day.”

The Amidah

Remember us for life, O Sovereign who delights in life;
Inscribe us in the book of life, for Your sake, O God of life.

Inscribe us in the Book of Life

In the Book of Life and blessing, peace and prosperity, may we and all Your people, the house of Israel, be inscribed for a good and peaceful life.
Despite the burdens and the heartbreaks, the pains and perils, we want to live; we ask to be inscribed in the Book of Life.
Avinu Malkeynu, remember us favorably.
Avinu Malkeynu, inscribe us in the book of goodness.
Avinu Malkeynu, inscribe us in the book of redemption.
Avinu Malkeynu, inscribe us in the book of sustenance.
Avinu Malkeynu, inscribe us in the book of merit.
Avinu Malkeynu, inscribe us in the book of forgiveness.

Bible, King James Version (KJV)

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Philippians 4:3

And I entreat thee also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 3:5
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Revelation 13:8
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 17:8
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation 20:15
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:27
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Malachi 3:16
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

We Inscribe Ourselves

“In the Book of Life” must be understood in a spiritual sense. We are not asking for mere existence; we are asking for a life of special quality. And whether or not the prayer is answered depends largely on us.

If we remain enslaved by our passions, if we are so unmoved by the love of God that we fail to repent and to return to God, then we have forfeited a year of true life. However, if we love God, if we put our trust in God, if we enlist in God’s service and take upon ourselves the yoke of serving the Will of Heaven, we thereby inscribe ourselves in the Book of Life! ​
Based on the Baal Shem Tov (335)


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