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. Sacred Texts Islam. THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS. BY AL GHAZZALI. CLAUD FIELD, translator [b. , d. ]. []. Title Page · Contents · Editorial Note.

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You cannot learn it by any possible efforts from any other person by the hearing of the ear. Know, that this world is one stage of our life for eternity. Yet as the animal soul and desire, on account of their intimate relations with the body, are so essential to it, their influence would still have been predominant. He is always ready to do the contrary imamm what reason, the vizier, commands.

Beloved, these ignorant men, in the affairs of the world, in their schemes of living, and in happindss business, manifest no trust in the bounty of God, nor do they leave off for one moment their buying and selling, their trades or their farming, although God has decreed the means of their existence many years before they were born, and has made himself surety that it should be provided for them.


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Know, then, O seeker, that the animal spirit belongs to the inferior world. Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until that mystery is revealed, strive that it may be revealed in your own soul by pious endeavor, gazali and divine guidance.

Seeing then that the knowledge of the future world cannot possibly be acquired, until happlness mystery is revealed, strive that it may be revealed in your own soul by pious endeavor, self-denial and divine guidance. Answer, the spirit is a creation by decree of the Lord. That which we have designated as external, refers to that faculty of the heart by which the alcbemy 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.

It is not so; the whole influence proceeds from the fingers and the pen is subject to the fingers. It is possible also for persons of pure minds to acquire a knowledge of some arts and sciences without instruction, and it is also possible that some persons should have all things opened up to them by the will of God. This is a must gahzali.

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And now, student of the divine mysteries, that you have in general understood, as far as your mind can reach, the being and attributes of God, by having your own soul as an example, it is ghazli that you should become acquainted with the influence of the word, government and sovereignty of God in the world. If we worship God, we shall learn what good it did in the future world; and if we do not worship him, there will neither be any advantage or harm.


Why, ghazxli, was it so necessary that they should abstain from forbidden things, from things of a doubtful nature and even from permitted things?

However, the chapters on music and all others are delightful. Hassan Mahmood rated it really liked it Mar 19, Rissalat Ahmed rated it really liked it Nov 07, He may have had his doctrine of the future life shaped by Zoroaster, and have been influenced by the missionaries of the Buddhists. In form, the book contains a treatise on practical piety, but as is the case with a large proportion of Mohammedan works, the author, whatever may be his subject, finds a place for observations reaching far wide of his apparent aim, so our author is led to make many observations which develop his notions in anatomy, physiology, natural philosophy and natural religion.

These underwent a change and disappeared, and the ingredients derived from food took their place. All the world indeed, in comparison with it, is as a grain compared with the sun, or as a drop in the ocean.

He has no power to preserve himself from destruction. The mystic, however, who by spiritual revelation has learned all that a doctor of the law has been able to learn after many years of study, and who has no remaining doubts in matters of internal or external knowledge, is certainly more excellent than the doctor of the law who is learned only in external knowledge, and this should not be denied.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The first stage is the cradle, and the last is the grave, and every period between these is also a stage. The aliment of the heart consists in the love and knowledge of God; for whatever is a necessity of the nature of any one, that he loves, as we have before mentioned.

The world again is like an enchanter who performs for you acts of friendship and manifests love for yon, for the sake of winning your affections to him: If he pass all his days in attending to the preservation of the body, and spend the capital of his life, in providing food and drink for the body, he will not reach the mansions of felicity, but will wander in the wilderness of destruction, without capital, penniless and a naked vagabond.

There is, also, under the tongue, an organ by which water is poured out, and the food is made of the consistence of dough, that it may be more easily swallowed and digested. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


But the explanation of this science of alchemt would be too long for this treatise. Just as we see, that books on alchemy, and students of alchemy are very numerous, while those happines are successful are the least of few, so the path of mysticism is sought for by all men, and longed for by all classes of society, yet those who Edition: But desire, the standard bearer, is a liar, vain and ambitious. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

We observe in reply, that every man’s happiness is found in the place where he obtains enjoyment and tranquility. Read more Read less. Retrieved from ” https: It is the pen that causes the marks.

Though on the earth, it knows the latitude of the stars and their distances. I can’t believe that this book was from 12th century yet it was such brilliantly well written that I find it’s hard to compare this book with any books that written by nowadays scholars. It is a substance of which alche,y is difficult to apprehend the essence.

Each month represents a league, each hour a mile, and each breath a step.

The body is earth and achemy therefore return to its original earth. In the same manner, God himself is one, is not susceptible of separation into parts and the place of his knowledge is one…. Al-Ghazzali doesn’t necessarily give the reader a road map to maneuvering this knowledge, and threading the path of life to realize said love. 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.

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.

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Know, O inquirer after the divine secrets, that there are allchemy things needful to man in this world; first of all, he needs to acquire spiritual food to preserve his happimess from perishing. They allege that man and other animals are like vegetables, and do not enter into another body when they die.

Refresh and try again. Not one of them was saved. Know then, that the existence of the spirit is evident and is not involved in doubt.

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