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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In the same manner as there is falsity, in the way in which the material world is regarded by the natural man and the astrologer, there is also a diversity of views among those who survey the spiritual world.

Their existence is admitted, but their quantity and quality cannot be measured. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Know, that the state previous to death is called the world, because mortality is close at hand. To view it, click here. As the phrase In the name of God is written down by first dipping the pen in the ink, so the thing which God wills, comes to light by mixing heat and cold with water and earth.

Nothing that is either useful or ornamental has been omitted in the framing of our bodies, whether it be such things as are the sources of life, like the spirit and the head; or such as sustain life, as the hand, the foot, the mouth and the teeth: It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy.

Trivia About The Alchemy of Ha If the eye had been attached to the top of the head, or the ear to the nape of the neck, or the mouth to the back of the body, or if three fingers had been given instead of four, it is plain to a person of intelligence that the existing advantages would not have been secured, and the present beauty of form and appearance would have been imperfect. These are self, God, World and what lays beyond the world. Your spirit, however, is of an angelic nature, and you must therefore mingle with your original spirit.

Loved the essences and sensations found in this book. In saying that in the second period, the control of the spirit is easy, it is said in respect to our contracted understandings, and in comparison with our operations, and to make the matter intelligible to others.

Many persons have heard this mystery, which represents one of the attributes of God, but they did not acknowledge it as true, and said that it was impossible, not because it was in its nature exempt from being known, but because it was an unemployed mystery. The heart, on the contrary, has been created with angelic qualities.


It is not so; the whole influence proceeds from the fingers and the pen is subject to the fingers. The Lord invites the servants whom he loves to the contemplation of his glory, at one time by sending misfortune and affliction, and at another by melancholy and sickness: We need to somehow lift the curtain of de This is a book that can easily be unappreciated.

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This blood is then diffused to the seven parts of the body, and brings and conveys strength to the limbs. And in eating, it is the heart which by an exertion of its will, causes moisture to rise in the mouth from under the tongue, to mix with the food that it may be alcheemy and digested. If to any one of all these faculties and instruments an injury occurs, the actions of man are defective. Von Hammer printed inat Vienna, a translation of a moral essay, Eyuha el Weled, as a new year’s token for youth.

The fourth class of men who indulge in error, are those who indeed receive the law, but in some peculiar and erroneous sense. It knows the nature and cause of the clouds and the rain, alchey lightning and the thunder. As that which alchemyy perceived by the eye has no relation gyazali 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 alchemu perceived by the senses.

One of the arguments is derived from dreams.


And whenever she has succeeded in inducing a person to follow after her and to decide upon joining himself to her, she takes off her robes from her back and her veil from her head, and immediately her concealed ugliness is brought to light, and the person who had been seeking her, becomes subject to eternal regret and sorrow.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For, external knowledge is derived from the sensuous world, and all objects of sense are a hindrance to him who is occupied with spiritual truth; for whoever is attending to sensual objects, indicates that his mind is preoccupied with external properties.

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 who are spiritualists only in language and dress.

And if the eye should meet with an injury in one of the layers, you could not tell the cause of it. At death the hindrances that result from the presence of the external senses being removed, the light and brilliancy of the heart come to have full play, and it feels the necessity of the vision of beauty. By the distribution of this spirit through the body, the eye sees, the ear hears, the tongue tastes, the nose smells, and the rest of the organs are endowed with their proper movements and perform their appropriate functions….


Whoever does not thus watch over and guard himself, is most surely in a delusion and in the way of a just destruction. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Spiritual Teachings of the Prophet: The world resembles the old woman who arrayed herself in silk stuffs and flowered brocades, and with ornaments, and covered her head with a beautiful embroidered veil, so that those who should see her from a distance, and notice only her garments and her form, might be deceived. And just as abstinence and medicine restore the body to health, so to avoid acts of transgression and sin and to be obedient to God, are means of securing salvation.

Al-Ghazali breaks down his book in four parts: Now then, in proportion as any one in the world has indulged in the pleasures of life and dissipation, so much the greater will be his anguish and torment at the moment of death.

It is exceedingly hot, but in its passage to the brain, it loses some of its heat and becomes tepid. It has come into this world a stranger, alchem has descended from its original state to this temporary home, to receive its destiny from divine direction, and for the purpose of acquiring the knowledge of God.

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This is a ak read. After a man has observed these things, he knows that the Creator has power to do what he pleases with all things, that his knowledge includes and embraces in perfection whatever is to be known of creatures Edition: Just so is it with man in general. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The Alchemy of Happiness by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

After you have learned that the world is delusive, enchanting and treacherous, you need to know in what way its delusions and enchantment operate. There are, however, in our times certain weak persons and indifferent to religious truth for the most part, who in the guise of soofees, 1 after learning a few of their obscure phrases and ornamenting themselves with their cap and robes, treat knowledge and the doctors of the law 2 as inimical to themselves, and continually find fault with them.

But we cannot grow in the knowledge ha;piness God, unless we understand the works of God.

But in the same manner, this independence and freedom is possible in your soul. Hence, every man glories in what he knows, even if the thing is but of little importance.