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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He knows nothing of what will happen to him on the morrow, nor what action will be a source of enjoyment to him, nor what will be to him a source of pain. Like many Sufi’s and mystics in general, he explains how our deeds will be shown to us ‘personsified’ before us on the day of judgement, how dreams and waking Visions can Perceive different Levels of Reality.

When the empyrean in like manner, ruled over all things by the will of God, they reasoned ghazail man was seated in the empyrean. nappiness

This topic of exemption and freedom, beloved, cannot be perfectly explained, until the mystery about the soul shall have been developed. Its especial attribute is to know God and to Edition: These facts clearly substantiate the dominion and control of the heart, and the subordination of the body.

If it should look upon the vigorous with majesty, they might become infirm. In a second, by the power of thought, the soul passes from the abyss to the highest heaven, and from the east to the west. The nature of death cannot be understood, unless we are acquainted with these two kinds of spirit and with the relations of dependence between them.

And further, your internal qualities are distributed into animal, ferocious, demoniacal and angelic qualities. Man’s felicity, which consists in the contemplation of the beauty of God, cannot be vouchsafed to alchrmy, until the eye of his judgment is opened.

If they urge, however, that the transgressions of the prophets were doing them no injury, but that they were exercising prudence and carefulness for the sake of other people, we then reply, that you also ought to be careful, lest other people seeing your actions, should imitate your example. Let us, therefore, pass to the second method and explain that: Each month represents a league, each hour a mile, and each breath ghaali step.

His character, and moral and intellectual rank are vividly depicted in the following extract from the writings of Tholuck, a prominent leader of the modern Evangelical school of Germany.

He is thus made to become weary of the world by means of the scourge of melancholy and suspicion, and so with the bridle of the will may be impelled towards the Deity.


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Many devout men in past times have secured this change of the affections of the soul. In the same way that the spirit pervades all the limbs and the body, and the body is entirely subject to its control, and that the spirit is indivisible, while the body is divisible, so also in relation to God, all that exists, springs from him, all creatures exist by his word, and in all possible things his operations are seen, yet still he is not related to place, nor does he reason about anything, and he is free from relation or affinity to any quality of bodies or to quantity.

Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. The dignity of any thing depends upon what it if in itself. As for the companions of the prophet, and their immediate successors who were aochemy witnesses for the truth and the beloved of God, they were so afraid in their suspicionsness of doing wrong, that they abstained in their anxiety, from doing even what was lawful.

They know that the wisdom, piety and abstinence of the prophets and saints were not less than their own. There was also a ghazalo great part to this book. Or he sees a similitude, and those who are skilled in the science of interpretation of dreams understand the meaning. But despite of his limitations, to take his wisdom seriously and to See his analogies with the transmuted Eye of The Heart, is to be close to the goal- submission to and peace in, The Real.

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For if the pilgrim do not understand the grounds of the respect due to, and the law-fulness of his food and drink, his dwelling and his clothing, if he do not understand the ghazaki which impair or render complete acts of purification and devotion, what has a tendency to give strength to the blameable affections of the soul, and what is their nature and their remedy, he can derive no advantage from the sciences of spiritual exercise, discovery and revelation.

There are, moreover, many animals of manifest utility, as the dog to watch and hunt, and the skins of some of them for clothing.

Written a thousand years from today, i don’t think I have ever read anything like this. That which we have designated as external, refers to that faculty of the heart by which the sciences of geometry, medicine, astronomy, numbers, the science of law and all the arts are understood; and although the heart is a thing which cannot be divided, still the knowledge of all the world exists in it.

The first method is most deep and profound. Now the external happineas 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.


I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Aug 27, Ahmed rated it really liked it. The second kind of spirit, which is called both human spirit and heart, is not a body, and is not susceptible of division. He is always ready to do the contrary of what reason, the vizier, commands.

The light of some is as of a twinkling star. Since you have learned, O inquirer after the divine mysteries, the dignity and nobleness of the heart, know also that this precious jewel has been ghazaki to you and wrapped in a veil, that you may preserve it from too close a contact with the world, and may lead it to perfection and to its place of rest, making it a partaker of manifest happiness in the eternal mansions.

And how is it possible, that he who is ghasali yesterday, should comprehend the secrets of the operations of the Ancient of days? They are weak in their own souls, and are in subjection like slaves to passion and anger. The greater part of the notions and fancies of most of the mystics, which they esteem as revelations and mysteries, are nothing but vain triflings and pure self complacency; just as that while visions are a reality, still mere confused dreams are very abundant.

If it is walking in the path of the law and of the prophets and saints, it is well! To him knowing self is knowing everything. And whoever ggazali of a narrow mind will not be able to appreciate that signs and miracles are influences proceeding from the heart of man, unless he should learn it by external teaching.

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This alchemy may be briefly described as turning away from the world, and its constituents are four: For the soul has been created with these qualities and affections, and human nature cannot be changed.

They resemble, beloved, a person who having heard it said that alchemy was of more value than gold, because that whatsoever thing akchemy be touched with the philosophers’ stone would turn to gold, happiness be proud of the idea and should be carried away with a passion for alchemy. After they had entered, they were compelled from necessity to stow themselves in a dark place at the bottom.

Again, also, when the will of God is to anything, a token of it rises and appears in Edition: