Al-Ghazzali The Alchemy of Happiness

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The Alchemy of Happiness

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 Excerpt: ... On Knowledge Op The Soul, And How Knowledge Of Tiie Soul 18 The Key To The Knowledge Ok God. O seeker after tho divine mysteries! know thou thnt the door to the knowledge of God will bo opened to ft man first of all, when he knows his own soul, and understands tho truth about his own cpirit, according as it has been revealed, " hb who knows himself knows his Lord also." And God proclaims in his holy book: "Wo will display our miracles in the different countries of the world, till it shall be demonstrated to them that the Koran is the truth,"i that is, let us show men in the visible world, aud in their own souls, the wouderfulness of our works and the perfection of our power, that they may learn to know that the Lord God is Almighty and true, and that everything else besides is vanity. 0 seeker of tho mysteries! since there is nothing nearer to thee than thyself, and that still with thy soul alone, thou canst not discriminate anything, and art impotent to find out and know thyself, in what way canst thou become acquainted with anything else, and with that which is even separate from thyself? And how should'st thou be able to comprehend God, who in his nature cannot bo comprehendcd, and of whose absolute esscuco it is not possible to give thee any explanation. If thou should'st say, "I perfectly know myself," wo reply, that we have no doubt that what you aro acquainted with is your own hand and foot, with your eye and mouth, and animal oven have this kind of knowledge. You know alHO Hint if you aro hungry, your stomach craves food, and that if you aro cold, you desire clothing; but other animals also understand these things. iSure 41: 53. However, that knowledge of the soul which leads to the knowledge of God, is not of this kind. The knowledge which you nee...

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Gazzali's own abridgement, in Persian, of his masterwork ‘The Revival of Religious Sciences’. This excellent English version is designed for the ordinary reader.

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One of the great works of mystical religious literature, the Kimiya-i-Sa'adaat strove to bring man closer to understanding God by helping him understand himself. These excerpts from that work, by a strikingly original thinker on Islam who lived and wrote in the 11th century, were first published in 1910, and serve as a potent reminder of how powerful an influence Al-Ghazzali had upon religious philosophers of the Middle Ages, both Christian and Islamic. With its wise and warmly humanistic outlook, this little book may well foster a new measure of understanding in the current philosophical battle between the religious traditions of East and West.

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