Cleanliness - Inside and Outside

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Bhagavad  Gita chapter 16, verse 7, while explaining the demoniac nature of people to Arjuna, the Supreme Lord  Krishna says,

pravṛttiṁ ca nivṛttiṁ ca janā na vidur āsurāḥ
na śaucaṁ nāpi cācāro na satyaṁ teṣu vidyate

Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them.

The word "śaucaṁ"  in the above verse is noteworthy.   We should not only be clean externally - but also aim sincerely for internal cleanliness. Just like how dirty food items when consumed cause havoc to the body, when the mind is exposed to dirty words - it gets agitated and runs wild like a uncontrolled mad elephant.  The only way to purify the agitated mind is through devotional service as clearly quoted in SB verse 1.7.4 - "bhakti-yogena manasi samyak praṇihite ’male" - The mind became completely purified, amale. Mala means dirty things, and amala means no dirty things.

While explaining about the importance of cleanliness in one his room conversations at New Delhi on Dec 11 1971, His Divine Grace says, "Just like if your room is dirty, there..., there is possibility... Therefore I ask you, keep cleansed, your bathing, your clothes, your room. Otherwise you'll suffer hepatitis or jaundice, this, that. You'll suffer, because you are not clean. If you clear, you remain cleansed, then there will be no disease. If you remain cleansed, you eat properly-don't eat more, don't eat less—there will be no disease, no doctor. That's a fact. But you do not know cleanliness, although you are..., that is because your, your cleanliness is with machine. And without machine, you cannot keep clean. Why not this broomstick is sufficient? If in India machine is not available, you cannot be clean? Keep everything cleansed-utensils, plates, teeth, hands, feet. Use sufficient water. There will be no (indistinct). Dirty things should be removed, and cleansed inside and outside. Inside cleansed: simply Krishna consciousness, always thinking of Krishna. That is inside clean. And outside, that is also required. You cannot neglect, because outside unclean means inside also you'll see unclean. If you keep both sides clean, then you will be healthy inside and outside."

May we remember the words of Srila Prabhupada and purify our existence by making the best use of valuable gift of bhakti in this life-time.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.