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.
Don’t let the ones who like to circumscribe you, define you. If you allow them to do that, they will reduce you and you work to zilch- as if what you are and what you have achieved don’t count at all. If we are fooled into accepting their definition of us, we would be found wanting definitely. Not just materially and intellectually but emotionally as well. If we remain calm observers of ourselves, we could see ourselves in a far more positive light. It is an external processing exercise with splendid external results that can boost your self esteem. Henceforth, what people say and think becomes less important to us.
What our inner voice says becomes significant. If we look inside objectively, we see the whole picture not fragments stitched together by those who are inimical to us. Small action and behaviour patterns become understandable when we widen our perspective. That is when we see that those who dismissed us as useless and not up to it and not satisfactory, did so from a very narrow perspective. What is important for us is to engage in an exercise of self assessment, a kind of taking stock.
It is just so that we don’t get misled into believing the poor report of those who cannot see our potential and our good qualities. So why not do some moral boosting? It is a great way to get energised and set about exploring the treasure trove tucked away inside. These definitions are sometimes so powerful that they influence our notions of good and bad. This does not mean we have to be dishonest with ourselves and only indulge in self praise. Oh no. Let us do a reality check for who knows me better than yours truly.
God’s definition of us is of course the best of all. He called us “daughters and Sons” and made in his own image and likeness. With this definition before us, we become self-respecting, dignified and are able to walk with confidence. When the path becomes slippery, He holds our hands. When our steps falter, He steadies us. When we begin to become negative about ourselves, His grace fills us with reassurance.