The Akashayana consider that their magic do not come from True Will but from eternal truths that manifest as side effect of the way to enlightenment. This means that Akashics fall less often to the hubristic trap of valuing their own magical prowess more than Ascension. The short form of Draladharma, a hybridised term derived from Tibetan and Sanskrit meaning it is the active Yang principle in Akashic philosophy. Humans clutter up their lives with unnecessary and extraneous objects and desires. How can one understand the natural harmony of the universe by trying to grasp it, own it or control it?
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The Akashayana consider that their magic do not come from True Will but from eternal truths that manifest as side effect of the way to enlightenment. This means that Akashics fall less often to the hubristic trap of valuing their own magical prowess more than Ascension. The short form of Draladharma, a hybridised term derived from Tibetan and Sanskrit meaning it is the active Yang principle in Akashic philosophy.
Humans clutter up their lives with unnecessary and extraneous objects and desires. How can one understand the natural harmony of the universe by trying to grasp it, own it or control it? The natural place for every individual — the role of Dharma — is apparent when one is not blinded by the illusions of greed, desire and power. The exercises of living give a soul the chance to experience the universe in manifold forms, and so the individual should take this opportunity to gain insight by developing a harmony with the All.
Each life is just a step on the greater wheel of Drahma until the individual releases himself from the chains that he forged with his own beliefs and desires. Being a practitioner of Dharma means acting with the best moral intention and never using force against force, so in other words, an ideal Akashic practicing it has no enemies, never preventing the foe from acting.
The aggression earns karmic penalty without causing harm to her. Similarly, every problem has an efficient, ethical answer, provided you act without selfishness and let yourself become one with the task. Akashakarma Edit The Akashakarma refers to the impressions all beings make upon the fabric of the Tapestry with their actions, something tangible to mages like the Akashayana.
Called the Akashic Records by other willworkers, it is the passive Yin principle of Akashic philosophy, similar to the Taoist wu-wei. The Akashayana know how to discern the impressions of thoughts and actions on the Tapestry, in other words the principle that guides the Tapestry as a riverbed guide a river.
The Akashic Record can be sensed by the ones who empty their own selves from egoism, sharing their the thoughts of the others and understanding how to control and redirect the forces around them. This is shown as intuition, sudden knowledge and even visions from past lives. Sam Chien Edit By living following the Dharma, an Akashic can use the power of the All, in accord to the forces that fill the world around the Brother.
She aligns with one of the Three Minister of the Sam Chien the Triple Struggle , the Dragon , Phoenix , and Tiger , representations of Entropy , Stasis and Dynamism in the Metaphysic Trinity , but without becoming a mere vehicle like a Nephandi and their patrons or the Hengeyokai , as these personifications of the Metaphysic Trinity balance out the Akashic tendencies to reject these forces.
In other words, they become empty vessels to manifest the powers of the Ministers, but moderating it with their own inner nature. This being represents the power of Dharma itself in the world, even in the middle of chaos and order, so the point is to find enlightenment even in the flaws of creation, giving sense to the Li-Hai quest to prevent the Sangha being isolated from the modern world. They do not believe that it is an indestructible soul, a god or a clump of Quintessence , but a concept and feeling of enlightenment that speaks to the mage, a spark of Akasha and the primal wisdom that has many names.
Everyone has a Bodhicitta, it is not something caused by blood or luck, but usually it is drown in the banality and easy answers of Samsara. The Bodhicitta maks itself with the masks of the Metaphysic Trinity to teach the Drahma and lead the mage to balance. The whole concept is more vast to them, as Samsara is an attitude to the world, to believe that one is something separate and immune to the forces around him, rejecting the truth of the Wheel of Ages and impermanence.
It is needed to live, as everyone needs a fixed conception of the universe to exist, but the power of this illusion is strengthened by the Sleepers way of life. The Akashayana were vital to the understanding of the Metaphysics of Magic as understood by the Traditions. Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, they posited a subjective reality, Samsara, while the Order of Hermes insisted that the four Greek elements and Platonic forms were the base nature of the universe.
Ascension Edit Sat-Chit-Ananda. Unity with the Tao. The concept it is known by many names, but the Brotherhood prefers to call it Samadhi, an state were the being itself is undifferentiated. The true face of the Bodhicitta is shown along with the true wisdom of Akasha, breaking the chains of delusion. There are many stories about the Akasha, Ascended beings who stand as the masters of the Wheel. Tools and Practices Edit The soul of the Akashics lies in the Akashic Record, where it lies collected all the experience of all Akashic Brothers across history.
Even with physical pages and ink, the Record itself exists in all levels of reality, material and spiritual at the same time. The Akashic Record is not supposed to be read, it serves as inspiration, gives understanding of past knowledge and presents its information so the one looking for it would never forget, using riddles or loans that cannot be understood by non-experts. The Akashic Brotherhood have a wide range of common foci and tools, like asceticism and abstinence, meditation, breathing yogic or taoist reverse-diaphragm breathing , bodywork, calligraphy, poetry, chanting, singing, crafting, eye contact, herbalism, kata, dancing, mandalas, mudras, pilgrimage, weapons Akashics break the barrier between their own minds and the Tapestry with these practices, and by emptying their own minds via meditation they open the Akashakarma to their own selves, letting them to commune with the Record and expanding their own minds even beyond, to all minds and actions.
Although Do is the primary structure for Akashic magic, many Brothers add other practices to focus their energy. Like Do, these practices are often Asian in origin — feng shui, meditation and calligraphy are excellent ways to direct chi — but all are designed to unify and direct motion and thought toward a goal.
The spiritual and magical worlds are not far removed from the physical world. The balanced and enlightened man can, in time, access all layers of the universe.
Do Main article: Do Do is a meditative martial art practiced by the Akashic Brotherhood that is their main tool for practicing magic. It goes beyond mere combat applications to include philosophy, ethics, and healing arts. Like many, the Akashics claim to be the oldest magical society but even among them have their own distinct rites; the Akashics are more than an alliance of convenience as they are the ones who keep secrets that may even be from before the First Age. In the last world, they claim, an entire people performed a mass Ascension.
When the world was destroyed, they were preserved at the summit of Meru, the world mountain, and vague memories of this perfect village are the basis of legends of Shangri-La and Shambhala. But one day an expedition appeared, a man who had left the valley years before came back and he spoke during three consecutive days. The first day he said them they were not supposed to separate themselves from the world, and if they refused to leave the valley they would end up perishing from forces outside their knowledge.
The third day he taught them the way to know reality as it is. He was the first Akasha, the first to attain the state of the same name. The corrupted Wan Xian hoarded Chi and the Hengeyokai slaughtered the innocent, and even the enlightened became enamored with the Five Elements.
Some worshipped shen, or others talked of a Jade Mother or Lord of Heaven who had secrets worth ripping from the stars. The pleasures of earth made them fear liberation, and they began to talk of eternal souls that could sustain pleasure forever.
Blindness and greed took them, and they forgot how to summon fire or grow rice. Once Meru disappeared, the balance between mind and body, motion and stillness, was disturbed, and the ones who would become Akashic Brothers wandered into the world, with some of them retreating into mountains, caves and forests to continue their study of balance through Do. Martial arts and exercises perfected the body while rigorous disciplines, chants and prayers cleansed the mind.
Though these "Brothers of Meru" separated, their minds returned to a single pool, a shared remnant of their bygone home, so they forgot the fear of death and hell.
As the children of Meru spread across the lands, they still had a connection thanks to this. Ancient History Edit The children of Meru became hermits, healers and warriors, and after encountering death and violence, they mastered war and medicine, turning some of them cold-hearted and dangerous.
These were the origins of what would become the Vajrapana, the Kannagara and the Jnani. They would end meeting soon other priests of the Wheel, who thought that karma, fate and luck were one and the same. They were the Handura , the Bhowana , Idran and Dacoits who would later become with the exception of the Idran the founders of the Euthanatos. At first, both groups cooperated as they shared views of what reality and the self was. But once the plagues reached the Indian subcontinent, they ended battling over differences of doctrine.
As plague struck an Akashic camp, Smoke Tiger killed the Dacoit Ranjit and accused the Dacoits of murdering those destined to oppose the sect, making it the start of the hostilities. As the Brotherhood did not approve of mages who took into their own hands the power over life and death, and the Brotherhood warred against the thanatoic cults in what would be called the Himalayan War. Even if at first he decided with the Dacoit Acarya Natadeva to halt hostilities, the Varjapani sifu Chan Ng reversed his position and ordered the death of all death mages along the Ganges a year later.
After carving a mandala in a rock, he led the Akashi in all directions, striking all the death cults at the same time. At first, it was more a slaughter than a war. What was going to be the quick retribution to liberate India from the thanatoics influence ended degenerating into a long-drawn-out war, with soldiers and generals reincarnating just to battle again generation after generation, not even letting death to stop their animosity against each other.
By the end, their leaders were just children driven by vendettas from dozen of previous lifes and demons urged both sides to fight and kill each other, bringing a terrible karma to all the ones involved in the conflict. This conflict was one of the direct causes to the Night of Fana , where an entity known as the Khwaja al-Akbar was summoned and revealed the Doctrine of Unity , making it the origin of the Ahl-i-Batin. Even so, the war continued more than a hundred years after it, and the Chakravanti got the lead when the Consanguinity of Eternal Joy and the Natatapas contained the Akashi.
This war left both Traditions scarred, although neither has entirely forgiven the other for the centuries of bloodshed, they have learned from each other, so neither Tradition as a whole would jump quickly into a conflict. For the Akashayana, it began when a group of Wan Kuei led by Hon Li of the Soaring Wind conquered Mount Kailas, one of the earthly representations of Mount Meru, so they repelled them and initiated hostilities. After that, the demons allied with Yi Han , a corrupted Wu Lung who made ten suns that brought famine and misery to the people.
The suns were eventually destroyed by the Yi the Excellent Archer , a mysterious warrior who would founded the demon-hunting order of the Shih. This war would have clear long-standing effects to the Akashics. Hundred Schools Edit Following the conflict, some people were tired of the mages, shamans, and mystics telling them what to do, so during the Chou Dynasty the nobility prefered scholars that could give them answers without having to look to the gods.
This group, instead using their knowledge of the natural world to provide the people with the means to aid themselves. Tired from war, the Akashics turned to survive as they could. Do developed hundred of styles during these times and in return to this prowess, Chou nobles protected the Brothers.
These legalists would become the origin of the Shi-Ren after learning that compassion is to be tied to power and obligation affects the Tapestry the same as ruling. Also, many Vajrapani became followers of Mo-Tzu to cleanse themselves from the wars, fighting for a pacifist state and turning into the Li-Hai.
Other doctrines had a big effect into the Akashics, like the teachings of Laozi, that showed them that the harmony in the soul is the same to the one in nature, or Buddha, whose teachings were enough to convince the Brothers that still warred with the thanatoics to stop war at last. The Akashics defeated and banished the Devil Wizard Tae-tse and his demon army, but not before the infernal hordes claim the lives of many mages on all sides of the conflict.
Still, that victory was enough for the Akashics to survive until the Yuan Dynasty without any difficulties. The Shaolin monasteries of China housed their members, as did the mountain-dwelling hermits of Japan , the cloistered priests of Tibet and the mysterious mystics of India. Many common people adopted Brotherhood beliefs in everyday life. They were not aware that the Wu-Keng were helping them, for they wanted a group strong enough to contest the Wu Lung.
Akashics from all the parts of China went to learn in the Shaolin temple, and by the end of the sixth century CE they had members across all the Taoist and Buddhist sanctuaries across China and Tibet. Even the Wan Kuei went to the temple, and they were able to live in harmony with the Akashics there. Eventually, the Brotherhood found itself embroiled in wars as armies and governments sought to destroy its influence. In , the Mongols invaded, with the aid of shamans skilled in overcoming magical resistance.
In desperation, Yu Lung of the Akashics turned to the Yama Kings , learning dark alchemy and using it to infect the invaders with a terrible plague. When he sacrificed his brothers to the disease, his betrayal was revealed, and the Warring Fists helped the Mongol shamans find a cure, driving Yu Lung into exile. Some Vajrapani families who traveled here would in the future turn from peasant militias to the samurai caste. The Akashayana quickly grew accustomed to the local idiosyncrasies and they influenced Japanese culture and philosophies of natural harmony and simplicity, and the Vajrapani did the same with the samurai ethics.
Once the Mongols tried to invade Japan in , the Japanese Vajrapani Akashics allied with their locals, unlike the mainland Kannagara of the Brotherhood.
To properly utilize it, it is necessary to practice "Mushin", the state of no-Mind. In this state, egoistical notions are shut down and the mind becomes open to receive its surroundings, which allows the Akashic to act without hindrance. Once the illusion of ego disperses, the Akashic can receive the flow of other minds into himself or flow forward himself. By focusing on the creative impulses that once inspired the Divine to create, the Choristers use their abilities to break the barriers between people and showing them their common origins in the mind of the One.
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Early times[ edit ] In the game, Mages have always existed, though there are legends of the Pure Ones who were shards of the original, divine One. Early mages cultivated their magical beliefs alone or in small groups, generally conforming to and influencing the belief systems of their societies. Obscure myths suggest that the precursors of the modern organizations of mages originally gathered in ancient Egypt. This period of historical uncertainty also saw the rise of the Nephandi in the Near East. Eventually, though, mages belonging to the Order of Hermes and the Messianic Voices attained great influence over European society. However, absorbed by their pursuit of occult power and esoteric knowledge, they often neglected and even abused humanity.
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