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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It follows, therefore, that man was not created for these things, but rather to serve God and to grow in the knowledge of him.
It addresses how to handle human emotions such as anger, greed, spite and jealousy. They selected the places in the ship Edition: His greatness and power are above and beyond the comprehension of the mind and wisdom of man. This page was last edited on 24 Augustat It was on her account that you rebelled against God, and debased yourselves to every sort of corruption.
Know, beloved, that we cannot understand the future world, until we know what death is: Beloved, strive to obtain this knowledge, for there is no more precious jewel. When man comes to look upon his organs and members, whether upon the external, as the hand, the foot, the eye, the tongue and the mouth, or upon the internal organs, as the liver, the stomach and the spleen, he sees that each is the result of a special wisdom, that each one has been created for some peculiar u e, and that each one is in its place and perfect.
His words are so true, they just find an opening in your heart, slowly start making way inside. In its origin it comes from God, and again returns to him.
To ask other readers questions about The Alchemy of Happinessplease sign up. Again, also, when the will of God is to anything, a token of it rises and appears in Edition: The enjoyment of the eye consists in the view of correct images and agreeable objects.
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For the gbazali has been created with these qualities and affections, and human nature cannot be changed. You should know also that the enjoyments of this world that are procured through the senses are cut off at death.
After you have learned, O student of the divine mysteries, what this world in its meaning really is, it is important that you should look at the world in detail.
Therefore, when we hear some good man, who has travelled far on the road of spiritual discovery affirm, that knowledge of the external world, in the sense which we at first alluded to, is a hindrance in the way of truth, we ought to be careful not to deny the truth of what he says.
Hassan Mahmood rated it really liked it Mar 19, Vegetables were created to afford food and conveniences to man, and sustenance to various animals. Still it is not permitted to us to know what the spirit is in its real nature and in its essence, as God says in his Holy Word: Every one is therefore bound to imitate them within the limits of the law, and in the regulation of his moral conduct, that he may attain felicity and be preserved from danger of eternal destruction.
It is besides a dangerous place, and whoever remains here will perish. But I have heard that the mystics say that external knowledge is a veil upon the way to God, and Edition: If you wish, O seeker of the way! Still his writings were less known than either of the two others. Still the veil of heedlessness disappeared from the eyes of those to whom the grace and guidance of the Eternal and unchangeable gave aid and support, and the discovery of the invisible world was not concealed from the view of some of those who came into this material world, but was anew revealed to them, after a measure of exertion of spiritual ardor.
Each internal and external organ has various curious uses, of alfhemy man is entirely uninformed.
THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS
The colors and perfumes of herbs and fruits exist also from its influence. Know, O inquirer after the divine secrets, that there are two things needful to man in this world; first of all, he needs to acquire spiritual food to preserve his heart from perishing.
Aug 18, Mariyah rated it really liked it. It should be kept in mind, that you possess two classes of qualities or attributes. Ishygddt rated it really liked it Apr 24, They had desired to find him out in his essence and attributes, by speculations and fancies, by comparisons and illustrations. I have made it capable of receiving the law, and to be a home for the knowledge of God. 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.
The pilgrim is obliged to give food and water to his camel, and to treat it with attention, that he may reach the end of his journey in safety, and by its means’be successful in the Edition: Syazwani rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Know, O student of wisdom!
Still, it is not body, which is found in corpses and in animals generally. Beloved, in proportion as a man analyzes the nature of his body and the variety of uses of its several members, his reverence and love for its Creator and Maker will increase.
Know, that the world consists of a certain number gazali stages between the world of spirits and the future world.
Anas rated it liked it Jul 20, It follows that it is our duty not to deny either the hpapiness or the miracles of the saints, but to acknowledge them as real. The exhalation passes by their means to the brain and from thence flows to all the members.
The occasion of his having a dry temperament is the season of winter.