Hygiene at all levels

Understanding the importance of basic hygiene like morning showers, brushing teeth, and washing feet before bed is common. We appreciate clean clothes and pleasant scents, and from childhood, we're taught the significance of hygiene. Yet, often our focus is solely on our external appearance, neglecting the internal 'mess' that may exist.

Our inner state can often overshadow even the finest fragrances, revealing that external allure is only superficial.

To truly maintain holistic hygiene, we should focus on both our external and internal well-being daily. This involves two key steps at all levels:

  1. Removing accumulated toxins.
  2. Preventing new toxins from accumulating.

For physical cleanliness, we use practices like showers, oil self-massages, and various cultural cleansing rituals like Panchakarma, saunas, and physical activities. Diet adjustments also play a crucial role.

Emotionally, it's vital to process and release blocked feelings, practice forgiveness, and let go of past grievances and relationships. This helps in releasing accumulated emotional 'toxins'.

Mentally, it involves discarding negative thoughts, unhelpful knowledge, pride, and superiority complexes.

Spiritual cleanliness can be achieved through practices like pilgrimages, confessions, communions, prayer, fasting, and participating in spiritual festivals. Delving deeper into one's faith is also beneficial.

Physical cleanliness extends beyond cleaning; it's about not creating waste in the first place. This means following healthy daily routines, choosing natural foods over fast food, moderate eating, drinking clean water, avoiding alcohol, smoking, and unnecessary medication.

Emotionally, it's about effectively managing feelings, expressing them clearly, understanding others, and not harboring unresolved anger or expectations.

Intellectually, avoiding toxic media, unnecessary arguments, and negative criticism, and instead focusing on positivity and gratitude, can greatly enhance mental hygiene.

For the soul, hygiene involves respecting one's faith, avoiding disrespectful discussions about faith, not criticizing other religions, engaging in spiritual practices, reading sacred texts, and following the tenets of one's faith.

Soul hygiene, though more complex than body hygiene, is essential for overall happiness and well-being. It's crucial to learn how to maintain cleanliness not just externally, but internally as well.