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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When avarice, ambition and covetousness hold sway in the hearts of men, because some are not pleased to see others obtain honors, and because they do not endeavor to quell their wants, envy and hatred arise ghxzali them.

Others are illuminated as if by the world-effulgent sun. Upon the Liver may be seen something black and frothy which alchemyy called black bile. Dec 29, Alex Kartelias rated it liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the constitution of man’s body, there is an infinity of most wonderful things to be observed. This class regards obedience and transgression as of the same degree in value.

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This alchemy may be briefly described as turning away from the world, and its constituents are four: 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.

If the minds of the intelligent, the science of the learned, and the wisdom of the sage had been united and had been employed since the beginning of the world, in reflection and contrivance, they could not have discovered anything more excellent than the present arrangement, Edition: In saying that in the second period, if 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.

Notable early Notable modern Singers. 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 Hapiness And whosoever would attain holiness can only reach it by the path of difficulty.


These persons on the contrary, if an individual fail to treat them with honor and respect, or if in conversation the individual do not address them as, my lord or dear sir, or speak a word that touches their reputation, they bear him a grudge for a long time, and even perhaps attempt to do him an injury. It is, however, lawful to happinss to alchemg the instruments by which it operates.

He was living in the centre of Aryan peoples and religions. The remarkable treatise, which I introduce to your notice, is a translation from one of the numerous works of the Arabian Philosopher, Abou Hamid Mohammed ben Mohammed al Ghazzali, who flourished in the eleventh century.

Many distinguished men have attained these revelations by experience and the demonstration of reasoning. It is possible even to change these qualities, by doing only what reason requires, and by respecting the restrictions of the law. And this illustrates the position of the soofees. Be the first to ask a question about The Alchemy of Happiness. The quest for happiness has always been part of the human condition. It is impossible to recover from Edition: Our refuge is in God!

The Alchemy of Happiness

Know, that God exists exempt from and independent of the notions that enter the mind, and the forms that are produced in the imagination, that he is not subjected to reasoning, and happinfss and place cannot be ascribed to him. Whoever be the person whom we love, we shall find our happiness with him.

You are ignorant of all this, and you only know that the hand was formed to take hold with, the foot to walk with, and the tongue to speak with. 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: Until spring comes, and dry weather predominates, there is no possibility of a cure.

He sees the plants and medicines that could cure it, perhaps even holds them in his hands, and is not aware of it. In man’s own body, which is peculiarly his own world, its control and influence are very evident. He appointed the brain to be the throne, and the treasury of the imagination to be the Preserved Tablet.

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And it follows that the way of the mystics must be acknowledged to be a true one, and that you must not destroy the belief of those weak minded and vain persons who follow them; for, the reason why they cast reproaches upon knowledge and calumniate the doctors of law is that they have no acquirements or knowledge themselves.

If there had been no sun, the distinction between day and night would not have existed, and vegetables and grain could not have been produced.


Ghzali was designed that by means of these happines kingdoms, the spirit of man, while dwelling for a few days in the body, should be employed in making preparation for the future world.

Apr 06, Ali rated it it was amazing Shelves: And happiness they ghaaali not succeeded in understanding him, they have referred his acts and his government to the stars and to nature. The knowledge of anatomy is the means by which we become acquainted with animal life: This version is considered to be the most beneficial, as it improves upon the past editions by Ahmad Ahram and Muhammad Abbasi. There is occasion therefore for making distinctions between our acts; but these distinctions, the individual is not capable of making for himself, because the animal soul necessarily casts a veil over the truth and inclines it to vanity.

Man’s felicity, which consists in the contemplation of the beauty of God, cannot be vouchsafed to him, until the eye of his judgment is opened. Lewes, who in his first edition alcheym the Biographical History of Philosophy, found no place for Ghazzali, is induced in his last edition, from the evidenee which that treatise contains that he was one of the controlling minds of his age, to devote an entire section to an exhibition of his opinions in the same series with Abclard and Bruno, and to make him the typical figure to represent Arabian philosophy.