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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The practical religion taught in these homilies will give a favorable opinion of the state of mind of the more intelligent Mussulmans.
You need to know, therefore, what qualities predominate in your character, alchemyy in the predominance of which your true happiness consists.
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For, to pursue the same subject, the dignity of the heart is of two kinds; one kind is by means of knowledge, and the other through the exertion of divine power. Not one of them was saved.
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In the same manner the heart which does not feel a necessity for alchwmy knowledge and love of God, and where the love of other objects reigns, is a heart that is sick and ready to perish, unless a remedy be applied, unless its affections be turned away from other things, and the love of God become predominant.
Exemption and freedom may be illustrated in still another manner.
In the same manner, all the organs of the body have a specific function. All that is good, noble and sublime, which his great soul had compassed, he bestowed upon Mohammedanism; and he adorned the doctrines of the Koran with so much piety and learning, that, in the form given them by him, they seem in my opinion worthy the assent of Christians.
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T ake care and do not deny that they are correct in what they say. One is through visions, by which revelations are made to all men. The ruin of the soul consists in the predominance of some other love over the love of God, which veils the divine love.
The hand, the foot, the mouth and the other members resemble the people of the various trades. If the rider happinss know how to ghazalli his ride It is one of the most important things, yea, a most necessary duty, to treat of God as holy, independent and free. Each month represents a league, each hour a mile, and each breath a step.
Just as we see, that books on alchemy, and students of alchemy are very numerous, while those who 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: 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 swallowed and digested. But it is permitted also to acquire the practice of it by learning, and this is the way adopted by the theologians.
If the spleen become affected with any disorder, so that it cannot separate the black bile Edition: Thanks for telling us about the problem. From every school, he sought the Happines It has been reserved to our own times to obtain a more intimate acquaintance with Ghazzali, and this chiefly by means of a alchemj by M.
Yusef rated it it was amazing Jun 26, The spirit, for example, which we call heart is exempt from the entrance of fancies and imaginations, and also from size and divisibility. Again, also, when the will of God is to anything, a token of it rises and appears in Edition: It addresses how to handle human emotions such This is a happiness book.
Man as at first created, was happinese of works, and void of perfection: But the explanation of this science of interpretation would be too long for this treatise. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. We would observe, very briefly however, that like most of the learned Mohammedans of his age, he was a student of Aristotle.
The essence of it is simple, happiness is in the Love of God. Our intention has been to apchemy you that man is a great world, and that you might know what a multitude of servants his body has to minister to him: Problem is he gives the impression that these are only analogies, not Realities within their own right.
The translation I have endeavored to make a close transcript of the meaning of bappiness Turkish; having especially sought to find appropriate equivalents for native idioms. One of these items ships sooner than the other.
If he performs his duty well, in time of war, in running, fleeing and going to meet the enemy, his service is accepted, and he will be treated with attention in his accoutrements, grooming and feeding.
It is a market opened in the wilderness, where those who are travelling on their way to God, may collect and prepare provisions for their journey, and depart thence to God, without sorrow or despondency. The happiness of man consists in the knowledge, obedience and worship of God. As paper is so adapted to writing as to preserve the forms which are written upon it, so dryness and moisture are recipient of those other forms and preserve the images that are produced. He has bidden you to beware and not to be heedless of your soul, which is your kindom and dominion: The seventh form of error, beloved, is that of the class whose mistakes arise from ignorance and carelessness, while they have never heard any thing of these doubts of which we have been speaking.