Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

Cleanliness is next to Godliness means cleanliness lead the way to godliness or goodness. Through the practice of the proper cleanliness we can keep ourselves physically and mentally clean which really make us good, civilized and healthy human being. Cleanliness brings feeling of physically, mentally and socially well being and helps to make good personality and thus good impression on others. Cleanliness shows clean character of a person through his/her clean dresses and good personality. People with good character become moral and religious in their life. Cleanliness gives rise to good character by keeping body, mind and soul clean and peaceful.

Many great people and social reformers in India (like Mahatma Gandhi, etc) had worked hard for the maintenance of personal and surrounding cleanliness to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Now-a-days, a clean India campaign called Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been run by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in order to maintain the cleanliness in surroundings and make India a clean India.


Earlier too, many cleanliness programmes were run however became unsuccessful because of the not getting proper support of the common public. The celebration of World Environment Day is also takes place every year having the same objectives of cleanliness. We have adopted many things from the western culture however never caught their etiquette and habits related to the sanitation and hygiene. Cleanliness is the matter of attitude which is possible through the proper awareness among common people. Cleanliness is a virtue which should be promoted among people of all age group and status to get complete command over the cleanliness. Proper and regular cleanliness brings good mental and physical health, tidiness, and purity of soul and mind. Cleanliness of body and mind provides spiritual and positive thoughts as well as helps to easily connect with the nature.

People who do not maintain their cleanliness become generally fed up because of many reasons like physical problems, mental disturbances, diseases, negative thoughts, etc. On the other hand, people who maintain their hygiene and personal cleanliness become always happy as they develop positive thoughts which help to balance body, mind and soul.

It is considered that the people maintaining cleanliness and develop the habit of dressing smartly, become clean character and generally pious and god-fearing. Such people have certain morals in their life and have clean heart by being godly. We can say that godliness starts with clean heart and clean heart can be of person with good character. This is the reason why priests of any religion tell to be clean from body and mind before worship. Cleanliness is the first and foremost thing to be near to the god.

On the other hand, being clean strengthens our immunity system and secures us from many chronic and acute diseases. However, clean people may catch diseases from dirty people but they are strong enough to tackle small problems. They can manage things in their surroundings related to the cleanliness including instructing poor and dirty people about cleanliness.

People maintaining their proper cleanliness feel shame in meeting with the people having dirty face, hands, soiled clothes and bad smelling clothes because they feel their insult while meeting with such type of people. Cleanliness of body is really very necessary for the good physical health. On the other hand, physical cleanliness gives inner cleanliness and keeps heart and mind clean. Cleanliness of mind keeps us mentally healthy and prevents from the psychological problems. So, the complete cleanliness keeps away from dirt and diseases as both go together, where there is dirt there is diseases.

Disease causing germs breed and grow very rapidly in the dirt which causes infection or various epidemic diseases such as cholera. So, in order to be healthy, happy and a peaceful life we all should practice clean habits in every aspect of life because dirt symbolizes moral evil whereas cleanliness symbolizes moral purity. Cleanliness is the responsibility of everyone and they need to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of their surroundings and themselves. A clean body keeps us healthy and away from the doctors thus saves from the medical expenses and time loss. Cleanliness brings good and positive thoughts in the mind which slows down the occurrence of diseases.