Cleaning Consciousness

Cleaning homes during festivals is common and we indulge in disposing unwanted things and give a good look by arranging the new order. Sweeping, cleaning and washing is part of clean up activity, so also we must clean our consciousness and internalise the outward process. We have heard it said that “Cleanliness is Godliness”. In cleanliness we feel happy and energetic. Cleanliness is an eternal process. When we go to bed, we clean our bed.

We are constantly gathering information. We need to stop and do some spring cleaning here. There are three types of dust that we gather within ourselves. One is our own negativity. We think negatively, act and perceive negatively. This accumulates inside of us, changing our responses. Secondly, we gather negative influences from our surrounding, from the people we meet and pick up negative vibrations from them. Sometime, we let ourselves slip into unethical activities because we have cluttered our lives. Hence, we need to clear the clutter and confusion to be able to think and act with a clear conscience. The third type of dust is perhaps the hardest to get rid of which is the misuse of power vested in us.

We use our senses to fulfil our instant pleasures. We know it is wrong but we seek immediate gratification for selfish ends. In this manner, we cause greater injury not just to ourselves but to all of society. We have tremendous potential within us. We have allowed soot and dust to accumulate inside and that is obstructing us from experiencing the divinity within. The first step is to be aware that we need to initiate the cleaning process. A selfless attitude is helpful in cleaning out the consciousness. Human progress takes place when the consciousness is clean and disciplined.

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