Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On Purity and Holiness: Cleanliness will conduce to spirituality

One of the very first things you can do to improve the nature of your home is the tidy up your area. This not only improves hygiene and makes it safer for you and your family to live, but can actually alter your mentality in a positive way. Our brains are affected by their surroundings, so if their surroundings are all over the place, ugly and unpleasant to be around, this will be reflected in your mental state. Some religions, such as Baha’i, even place living in a clean area as a vital spiritual necessity.

Dried roses and morning coffee

My meaning is this, that in every aspect of life, purity and holiness, cleanliness and refinement, exalt the human condition and further the development of man’s inner reality. Even in the physical realm, cleanliness will conduce to spirituality, as the Holy Writings clearly state. And although bodily cleanliness is a physical thing, it hath, nevertheless, a powerful influence on the life of the spirit. It is even as a voice wondrously sweet, or a melody played: although sounds are but vibrations in the air which affect the ear’s auditory nerve, and these vibrations are but chance phenomena carried along through the air, even so, see how they move the heart. A wondrous melody is wings for the spirit, and maketh the soul to tremble for joy. The purport is that physical cleanliness doth also exert its effect upon the human soul.
Be a clean machine. -gw

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