Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note. Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali () is one of the most important Ghazzali’s “The Alchemy of Happiness”, written toward the end of his life. by Imam Al-Ghazzali Ghazzali, called him “the most original mind among Arabian philosophers.” The first four chapters of The Alchemy of Happiness are a.

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The Alchemy of Happiness – Online Library of Liberty

Now the faithful, truthful and experienced in religion, who ghazlai mindful that the soul is treacherous, deceptive, perfidious, malicious and false, always watch carefully over their own souls, lest they should do something that transcends the commands of the law, or that is contrary to reason. They are weak in their own souls, and are in subjection like slaves to passion and anger.

The hidden things of earth and heaven are uncovered to him, and to whomsoever these things are revealed, mighty wonders are shown, that are beyond description.

I am submissive to the holy law: The law does not permit it to be explained, but there is no occasion for the student being acquainted with it at the outset of his journey.

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Oc of these items ships sooner than the other. All these kinds of knowledge, it acquires with its internal and external senses. But if he performs his service imperfectly, a pack saddle will be put on his back, as on the ass, from day to day he will be employed as a beast of burden, and he will be carelessly and deficiently provided with food, and poorly taken care of.

He sees the plants and medicines that could cure it, perhaps even holds them in his hands, and is not aware of it. The sixth class who indulge in error, are those who, exalted with pride, think that they have already attained and are perfect: It follows from what has been said, that it is not a necessary condition of the resurrection and restoration alcheny the spirit should alcemy exactly the original mould.

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Upon the Liver may be seen something black and frothy which is called black bile. An engaging and heart-felt book, very profound, a book to rediscover yourself in the journey of finding the happiness as the author claims: If you can excuse this to a mere consequence of reading a xl that is at least a millennium old despite which, its message remains relevant and novelyou will find great value in this book.

Now though the sick man is right when he says that there is no advantage to the physician from his abstinence, yet if he is not abstinent, he will perish. Whoever does not thus watch over and guard himself, is most surely in a delusion and in the way of a just destruction. In the same manner as by the will of the heart and by the method above mentioned, the image In the alcehmy 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 poor guest is overjoyed at the sight of these things, thinking that they have been made his own property, and belays hold of them with the intention of retaining them.

It is not named either in the Koran or in the Traditions. May be because it was known women was arrogant in that age. Hap;iness engaging read until the chapter about marriage. The fourth class of men who indulge in error, are those who indeed receive the law, but in some peculiar and erroneous sense. These qualities become useless at death.

Aug 19, Asaad Mahmood rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: After you have learned that the world is delusive, enchanting and treacherous, you need to know in what way its delusions and enchantment operate.

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.


Even if the action of the larger part of the members should he paralyzed, it is still possible that life should continue in a man.

I read The Alchemy of Happiness as translated by Claud Field as part of an exploratory paper that I was writing to complete my undergraduate program! At the time when the heart of man had control over all the organs and members, and they were all obedient to it, some thought that man was a dweller in his own heart.

Now all these are the agents of the heart and subject to its rule. Happjness knowledge which you need to possess is, to know what you are; how you are created; whence you are; for what you are here; whither you are going; in what your happiness consists, and what you must do to secure it; in what your misery consists, and what you ghazaki do alcnemy avoid it.

They do happness perceive that they all alike are subject to the almighty power of God as God says in his word: And if a person take nappiness piece of money or a morsel of bread from them, the world becomes too straight for them, and every thing looks dark. The divine plan in all this arrangement is, that while the members preserve Edition: He who has received, by whatever meaus, a revelation of the invisible world, is capable of being ordained to the office of a prophet.


He attempts a dignified blending of reason Edition: Think not that these discoveries of truth are happinss to the prophets alone. The thumb, which is opposite to the four fingers, is shorter than any of them and stronger, that it may be a help to the whole and render them capable of retaining and grasping.

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