Philosopher Al-Ghazali’s alchemy of happiness

AL GHAZALIWISDOM COMMENT: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111 A.D.) was not only one of the great Islamic philosophers, he is also considered to be, after the Prophet Muhammad, the foremost authority on Islamic theology and jurisprudence.

What most people don’t know, however, is that al-Ghazali wrote extensively on the topic of happiness. Indeed, his monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences, which runs over 6000 pages and 4 volumes, was reprised as a shorter text in Persian, labeled the Alchemy of Happiness. Continue reading

Happiness is you from Coimbatore to Kolkata

happyIBH WISDOM: I Be Happy (IBH) is all about seeking, being happy. Finding ‘Happy’ in the moments that we share, read, see, hear and do. Finding ‘happy’ in the midst of anger, bitterness, strive and pain.

Happy is inherent in people, progress, and politics. It is wisdom inherent to our soul and finds its space in music, dance, arts and soul lifting conversations and prayer. (Video inside) Continue reading

Can Modi dismantle ‘royalty’ trappings?

bhutanmodiCOMMENT NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that he will visit Bhutan first, as he continues his outreach to SAARC nations.

It has been easy for many of us to dismiss this little Himalayan kingdom as too unimportant in the overall, rather grand, scheme of things that India never ceases to imagine for herself. Continue reading