Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. . Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note. Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life, provides a succinct introduction to both the theory and practice of Sufism (Islamic . Ihya-ul-ulum Ghazzali says: “The matter went so far that certain persons boasted of a union with the The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a.
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If he see any thing more extra-ordinary than a piece of money, he changes color and loses his presence of mind. He reminds his readers, in these discourses, that they are not Mussulmans if they are satisfied with merely a nominal faith, and treats with scorn those ha;piness are spiritualists only in language and dress.
One is through visions, by which revelations are made to all men. As that which is perceived by the eye has no relation to voice, and as that which is perceived by the ear has no relation to form, and as that which is perceived by the sense of smelling has no relation to taste, so that the one can be known by means of the other, in the same manner that which is perceived through the medium of the mind or of divine power, cannot be perceived by the senses.
If the Lord had not appointed you to be sovereign over the body as over a kingdom, if he had not confided to you the affairs of its government, and had not given you this brief copy as a model, how would you have been able to comprehend the sovereign, who is independent of reasoning and of place, and who cannot be known by argument or hypothesis or in any other way?
Know, student of the divine mysteries, that the heart is happines a reservoir into which five streams flow: There is neither any profit to God from our worship, or any injury done him by our disobedience. In the same manner as by the will of the heart and by the method above mentioned, the image In the name of God, which is in the treasury of the imagination is painted with the pen upon paper, so also the will of God, which is an image produced upon the Preserved Tablet in the empyrean, is produced and made visible in the material world, by means of the angels, the constellations and the elemental qualities of water and earth.
The ruin of the soul consists in the predominance of some other love over the love of God, which veils the divine love. In our Lord the prophet Mohammed Mustafa, these three specialities Edition: You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by the hearing of the ear. The state after death is called the future, because its rest is permanent. This is a must read.
But al One of the best books on religious existentialism, only Kierkegaard and Newman come close to Ghazali in this field, an intellectual approach to religion, building belief as oc Dostoevskean necessity for meaning of life in a meaningless world.
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A person therefore who does not understand his own body, heart and soul, and yet pretends to the knowledge of God, resembles the bankrupt, who, although he has nothing to eat himself, should yet plan a feast for all the poor of the city.
Unless a man has reached perfection and the rank of Superior, nothing will be revealed to him, except in cases of special divine grace and merciful providence, and this occurs very rarely.
It has been reserved to our og times to obtain a more intimate acquaintance with Ghazzali, and this chiefly by means of a translation by M. If you look only to the strength of a man, what is more impotent than he is. Upon the Liver may be seen something black and frothy which is called black bile.
Hence, every man glories in what he knows, even if the thing is but of little importance. Know, beloved, that the pleasures of the world, and the pains and tribulations which are the counterpart to these pleasures in the future world, resemble the man who should eat very largely of rich and delicate food and find great delight therein: If any study it, it is only for the purpose of acquiring skill in medicine, and not nappiness the sake of becoming acquainted with the perfection of the power of God.
Know then, beloved, that the varieties of food you eat descend to the stomach, and thence to the liver, and that in the liver they are mixed and brought to the form of blood.
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This was part of the reading curriculum for the Jerusalem trip. You need to know, therefore, what qualities predominate in your character, and in the predominance of which your true happiness consists. You should be aware, however, that this alchemy of happiness, that is, the knowledge of God, which is the occasion of the revelation of truth, cannot be acquired without spiritual self-denial and effort.
If he has not been appointed to invite the nations, but worships in accordance with the law of another, he is called a saint, and that which Edition: Thanks and praises be given to him who is without beginning and eternal, to him who is unceasingly beneficent, to him who made you sovereign over yourself, who subjected your body to you for a kingdom, who made your heart to be an empyreal throne, and made the animal spirit which is the fountain of the heart, to be a seraphic messenger.
The spirits of angels and prophets are manifested to him and he holds intercourse with them. For just as from a survey of your own being and attributes, you have in a contracted form learned the being and attributes of God, it is also possible to understand how the freedom and the holiness of God, bear a resemblance to the freedom of your soul.
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The fountain of the animal spirit is in that heart which is in the left side of the breast, and is a piece of flesh. Again, as the spirit exists and controls the body, and yet we know not the mode and essence of it, so God is present in all things, and controls and governs all things, but his form, essence and quality are exempt from being known.
Only religion can do so, where it constantly reminds us that the truth is found inside of us. And it follows that the way of the mystics must be acknowledged to be a true one, and that you must not destroy the belief of those weak minded and vain persons who follow them; for, the reason why they cast reproaches upon knowledge and calumniate the doctors of law is that they have no acquirements or knowledge themselves. Now the external senses resemble those running streams, from which various kinds of knowledge, notions and prejudices proceed to the heart, of which some are pure and purifying, and some are corrupt and corrupting, and until these have been dammed up, the windows of the heart cannot be uncovered so that the illuminating knowledge from God can be revealed to it.