The Alchemy of Happiness
The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan
THE SOUL in Sanskrit, in the terms of the Vedanta, is called Atman which means happiness or bliss itself. It is not that
happiness belongs to the soul; it is that the soul itself is happiness. Today we often confuse happiness with pleasure; but
pleasure is only an illusion, a shadow of happiness; and in this delusion man may pass his whole life, seeking after pleasure
and never finding satisfaction. There is a Hindu saying that man looks for pleasure and finds pain. Every pleasure seems happiness
in outward appearance; it promises happiness, for it is the shadow of happiness, but just as the shadow of a person is not
the person though representing his form, so pleasure represents happiness but is not happiness in reality.
According to this idea one rarely finds souls in this world who know what happiness is; they are constantly disappointed
in one thing after another. That is the nature of life in the world; it is so deluding that if man were disappointed a thousand
times he would still take the same path, for he knows no other. The more we study life, the more we realize how rarely there
is a soul who can honestly say, 'I am happy.' Almost every soul, whatever his position in life, will say he is unhappy in
some way or another; and if you ask him why, he will probably say that it is because he cannot attain to the position, power,
property, possessions, or rank for which he has worked for years. Perhaps he is craving for money and does not realize that
possessions give no satisfaction; perhaps he says he has enemies, or that those whom he loves do not love him. There are a
thousand excuses for unhappiness that the reasoning mind will make.
But is even one of these excuses ever entirely correct? Do you think that if these people gained their desires they would
be happy? If they possessed all, would that suffice? No, they would still find some excuse for unhappiness; all these excuses
are only like covers over a man's eyes, for deep within is the yearning for the true happiness which none of these things
can give. He who is really happy is happy everywhere, in a palace or in a cottage, in riches or in poverty, for he has discovered
the fountain of happiness which is situated in his own heart. As long as a person has not found that fountain, nothing will
give him real happiness.
The man who does not know the secret of happiness often develops avarice. He wants thousands, and when he gets them they
do not satisfy him and he wants millions and still he is not satisfied; he wants more and more. If you give him your sympathy
and service he is still unhappy; even all you possess is not enough, even your love does not help him, for he is seeking in
a wrong direction, and life itself becomes a tragedy.
Happiness cannot be bought or sold, nor can you give it to a person who has not got it. Happiness in your own being, your
own self, that self that is the most precious thing in life. All religions, all philosophical systems, have in different forms
taught man how to find it by the religious path or the mystical way. And all the wise ones have in some form or another given
a method by which the individual can find that happiness for which the soul is seeking.
Sages and mystics have called this process alchemy. The stories of the Arabian Nights which symbolize mystical ideas,
are full of the belief that there is a philosopher's stone which will turn metals into gold by a chemical process. No doubt
this symbolic idea has deluded men both in the East and West. Many have thought that a process exists by which gold can be
produced. But this is not the idea of the wise; the pursuit of gold is for those who as yet are only children. For those who
have the consciousness of reality gold stands for light or spiritual inspiration. Gold represents the color of light, and
therefore an unconscious pursuit after light has made men seek for gold. But there is a great difference between real gold
and false. It is the longing for true gold that makes man collect the imitation gold, ignorant that the real gold is within.
He satisfies the craving of his soul in this way, as a child satisfies itself by playing with dolls.
This realization is not a matter of age. One man may have reached an advanced age and still be playing with dolls, his
soul may be involved in the search for this imitation gold; while another may have begun in youth to see life in its real
aspect. If one studied the transitory nature of life in the world and how changeable it is, and the constant craving of everyone
for happiness, one would certainly endeavor at all costs to find something one could depend upon. Man placed in the midst
of this ever-changing world yet appreciates and seeks for constancy somewhere. He does not know that he must develop the nature
of constancy in himself; it is the nature of the soul to value that which is dependable. But is there anything in the world
on which one can depend, which is above change and destruction? All that is born, all that is made, must one day face destruction.
All that has a beginning has also an end; but if there is anything one can depend upon it is hidden in the heart of man, it
is the divine spark, the true philosopher's stone, the real gold, which is the innermost being of man.
A person may follow a religion and yet not come to the realization of truth. But of what use is his religion to him if
he is not happy? Religion does not mean depression and sadness. The spirit of religion should give happiness. God is happy.
He is the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty. A religious person should be happier than one who is not religious. If
a person who professes religion is always melancholy his religion is disgraced. The form has been kept, but the spirit lost.
If the study of religion and mysticism does not lead to real joy and happiness, it may just as well not exist, for then it
does not help to fulfill the purpose of life. The world today is sad and suffering as the result of terrible wars. The religion
which answers the demand of life today is one which invigorates and gives life to souls, which illuminates the heart of man
with the divine light which is already there. Not necessarily by any outer form, though for some a form may be helpful, but
by showing that happiness which is the desire of every soul.
As for the question of how this method of alchemy is practiced, the whole process was explained by the alchemists in a
symbolic way. They said gold is made out of mercury. The nature of mercury is to be ever-moving, but by a certain process
the mercury is first stilled, and once stilled it becomes silver; then the silver has to be melted, and the juice of a herb
is poured on to the molten silver which is thereby turned into gold. This of course gives only an outline, but one can find
detailed explanations of the whole process. Many childlike souls have tried to make gold by stilling mercury and melting silver,
and they have tried to find the herb; but they were deluded, and they had better have worked and earned money.
The real interpretation of this process is that mercury represents the nature of the ever-restless mind. Especially when
he tries to concentrate does a person realize that the mind is ever restless. The mind is like a restive horse: when it is
ridden it is more restive than when it is in the stable. Such is the nature of mind: it becomes more restless when one desires
to control it; it is like mercury, constantly moving.
When by a method of concentration one has mastered the mind, one has taken the first step in the accomplishment of a sacred
task. Prayer is concentration, reading is concentration, sitting and relaxing and thinking on one subject are all concentration.
All artists, thinkers, and inventors have practiced concentration in some form. They have given their minds to one thing,
and by focusing on one object have developed the faculty of concentration. But for stilling the mind a special method is necessary
which is taught by the mystic, just as a singer is taught by the teacher of voice-production.
The secret of this is to be learnt in the science of breath. Breath is the essence of life, the center of life, and the
mind may be controlled by knowledge of the proper method of breathing. For this, instruction from a teacher is a necessity.
For since the mystical cult of the East has become known in the West, books have been published, and teaching which had been
kept as sacred as religion has been discussed in words. But these can never truly explain the mystery of that which is the
center of man's very being. People read these books and begin to play with breath, and often instead of benefiting they injure
both mind and body. There are also those who make a business of teaching breathing exercises for money, thus degrading a sacred
thing. The science of breath is the greatest mystery there is, and for thousands of years it has been kept as a sacred trust
in the schools of the mystics.
When the mind is under perfect control and no longer restless, one can hold a thought at will as long as one wishes. This
is the beginning of phenomena. Some abuse these privileges and by dissipating the power thus obtained they destroy the silver
before turning it into gold. The silver must be heated before it can melt, and with what? With that warmth which is the divine
essence in the heart of man, which comes forth as love, tolerance, sympathy, service, humility, unselfishness, in a stream
which rises and falls in a thousand drops, each drop of which could be called a virtue, all coming from that one stream hidden
in the heart of man: the love element. And when it glows in the heart, then the actions, the movements, the tone of the voice,
the expression, all show that the heart is warm. The moment this happens a man really lives. He has unsealed the spring of
happiness which overcomes all that is jarring and inharmonious, and the spring has established itself as a divine stream.
After the heart is warmed by the divine element which is love, the next stage is the herb, which is the love of God. But
the love of God alone is not sufficient; knowledge of God is also necessary. It is the absence of the knowledge of God which
makes a man leave his religion, for there is a limit to man's patience. Knowledge of God strengthens man's belief in God,
throws light on the individual and on life. Things become clear; every leaf on a tree becomes as a page of a holy book to
one whose eyes are open to the knowledge of God. When the juice of the herb of divine love is poured on the heart, warmed
by the love of his fellow men, then that heart becomes the heart of gold, the heart that expresses what God would express.
Man has not seen God, but man has then seen God in man, and when this happens, then verily everything that comes from such
a man comes from God Himself.
ALIENSHIFT talks about Extraterrestrials and their cultures.
"V" also have been called
a New Hope for Humanity Pioneers in Alientology study of UFO, Earth Changes, extraterrestrails, Moon Base, Mars
colony, Deep Underground Military Bases, super soldiers, GMO, Illuminati 4th dimensional workings, Planet Nibiru, Global
warming, Pole Shift of 2012, Life on MARS, U.S bases on Moon and MARS, Alternative 3, Time travel, Telepathy, Teleportation,
Metaphysics, The Rainbow Project, Project Invisibility, Phoenix Project, Teleportation Projects, Nicola Tesla. John Von Neumann,
USS Eldrige, The Montauk Chair, Dr, Wolf, Alternate Reality, Warping Space Time, HARRP Project and Weather Control, Alternate
Time Lines, ET Taught Military the Laser & Stealth Technology. Tesla Towers, Hollow Earth, Teleportation to the Planet
MARS and NIBIRU, Time travel back to Atlantis, how to build a Teleportation Machine, Under ground Extraterrestrial Bases,
Tesla Arranges ET's meeting, Pleiadians, Gray Reptilians, Arcturians, Tall Whites, Ancient Civilizations, Time Tunneling,
Grey Alien projects, Atlantis, Secret Society's, German Mars Projects, Nazi UFO, Nazi Gold and Fort Knox, Albert Einstein,
Nicola Tesla, Anti Christ using A.I and Micro chip Implants, Worm Holes, Space Time, Time Travel Machine Build by GE next
20 years, Weather Control, Psychic Frequency. Time Vortex, Face of Mars, Ancient Civilizations, Mars Ruins, Telepathic Thought
and Powers of the Mind, Artificial Intelligence, Et message of Islam, Islamic Jihadist Revival and Islamophobia created by
Western Alliance to offset the Chinese and Soviet Balance of Power by creating the Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan during 80s. Montauk
Base, Zero Time frame Reference, Akashic location system, Ancient Religious artifacts in Iraq and MARS, Alien walk in's, Jesus,
Sci Fi UFO video in New York, Philadelphia Experiment. The subconscious mind, Video of FOX 11 news on Chicago OHRE UFO Sighting. Numerology and effect of numbers: 0, 1, 11, 1111, 1112, 1119, 1911, 2111, 511, 711, 811, 911, 1212,
555, 786, 19, 110, 2012, 999, 888, 777. Current Cycle of Man ends as MAYAN CALENDAR ends on Sunday 12/ 23/ 2012. Watch your
back on that Day! Bob Lazar, John Lear, Mars Face, Mars Pyramid, Why we are not allowed to have Dept of UFOLOGY and ET studies
at University of Yale, Princeton , UCLA, USC, CAL TECH, MIT or Harvard? American Torture in Abu Gulag and on the Air Secret
planes new way of American Democracy! Yahoo,hotmail lyrics hotmail.com yahoo.com jokes ebay maps games www.hotmail.com song lyrics www.yahoo.com dictionary search engines google weather autos music clip art jobs wallpaper Nokia Poems poetry
scholarships science fair project screen savers screensavers search engine sears serial numbers time
zones tires tommys bookmarks toyota translator travel Travel Maps travelocity united airlines Used Autos Used Boats used cars
verizon viagra vietnam war Vietnam War wallpaper wallpapers walmart microsoft altavista delta airlines yoga excite.com everquest
free web hosting people finder Msn Hotmail direct tv Napster Download tires movie trailers Free Music Downloads newsgroups
Free Greeting Cards time zones Internal Revenue Service Poetry IRS amazon Sufism the Alchemy of Happiness, evolution, Dan
Burisch and other famous scientists video of J-ROD at AREA 51, S4 level and New Mexico DULCE Alien Facility, Oil shortages
and global warming, Saturn, Mars, Uranus, Mayan Calendar year 2012 your time line is crossing get ready prepare for Contact,
Solar System causing global warming Nibiru approaching, GOOGLE, You Tube UFO Videos, ALIEN WEBBOT, MAYAN CALENDAR ENDS 2012,
Big Foot, Milky way and the Big Bang, real UFO, UFO photos, Information page on ET Civilizations, ALIEN and UFO videos, story
of Real Aliens, picture of Aliens, Magnetic Pole Shift, ET CO-Operation in Iran and IRAQ, crystals, Bermuda triangle, Chupacabra,
ISLAMIC UFOLOGY, MAJESTIC 12, SHADOW GOV, Rabbit Foot and Cracking the CODE, CROP CIRCLES, CLONING, MASNAVI OF RUMI with Rumi
You tube Videos, METATRON, DRUNVALO MELCHIDEZEK, MESSAGE OF KRYON, Master Kuthumi and Ker-On. US SENATORS, MESSAGE of Commander
Hatonn, ST. Germain on ASCENSION and AG-Agria, John Lear ,WILLIAM COOPER VIDEOS , ALEX COLLIER VIDEOS . Bush Skull and Bones
family connection to Illuminati CFR New World order. Allah is Great Long Live freedom. Master of all Masters Ibn Arabi, Persian
music the Alchemy of Soul, SUFI MASTERS, IMAM MAHDI, Preparation prayer for Pole Shift 2012 in Mecca, Nostradamus, Oil, Flying
Saucers Antimatter, Gravity waves DISCS at S4 Groom Lake or Papoose Lake nick named AREA 51 in Nevada.
travel in the Year 2012.
"V" Love you,