Cleanliness is treating our bodies with respect and care by keeping ourselves clean, fresh and healthy, eating pure foods and breathing fresh air. We strive to keep our spirit clean and our mind clear. We rid ourselves of habits that do not serve our dignity. We think and speak in ways that honor others and ourselves. Cleaning up our mistakes gives us a fresh start. We we forgive, we cleanse our hearts of negativity. We do our part to care for the earth. Cleanliness around us makes our souls peaceful. Cleanliness within us brings more peace to the world.
In Family Life
The virtue of cleanliness within a family is not merely a reflection of tidy living spaces but a testament to the integrity of respect, responsibility, and consideration for one another. It is demonstrated through shared efforts to maintain a neat and organized home environment where each family member takes pride in their contributions. This might involve daily chores, like cleaning up after meals or keeping personal spaces tidy, but it extends beyond the physical realm.
Cleanliness in a family also means fostering open communication, addressing conflicts with empathy and understanding, and nurturing an atmosphere of emotional well-being. Ultimately, it’s the collective commitment to creating a harmonious, clean, and supportive family environment that genuinely embodies the virtue of cleanliness.
“In every aspect of life, purity and holiness, cleanliness and refinement, exalt the human condition…Even in the physical realm, cleanliness will conduce to spirituality.”
— Abd’ul-Baha, Selected Writings p. 146-7
The Practice of Cleanliness
- I keep myself fresh and clean.
- I put only healthful things in my body.
- I cleanse myself of harmful habits.
- I am willing and able to clear up my mistakes.
- I forgive others and I forgive myself.
- I am a responsible stewart of the earth.
- I keep my environment clean and beautiful.