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ByDr. S. Ignacimuthu   posted on01 Apr, 12 8216 Views 0 Comments Main Feature Add to favorite

Cleanliness

“Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness.”
- John Wesley




Cleanliness refers to a habitual neatness or purity without any dirt, filth or corruption. In this narrowest sense it is freedom from dirt, filth, adulteration and corruption. In its widest sense, it is freedom from guilt, and defilement.

Cleanliness shows respect for the dignity of a human person. It prompts us to pursue principles of inner purity. It leads to a life that is systematic, well-ordered and healthy. It is a reflection of inner purity. It helps us to keep our surroundings neat and clean.

Narration

A famous scientist and Nobel laureate visited New Delhi for an international conference. Just adjacent to the five star hotel he was staying, he found a slum with lots of people living in unhygienic conditions. He visited them and to his dismay he realised that many of them had been affected by quite a few diseases. Immediately he met the authorities concerned and made arrangements to provide them clean and healthy place for living. After that the people were able to live a healthy life with a clean environment.

Cleanliness can be cultivated through

  • Keeping all things in their place and wearing clean clothes
  • Keeping the body, mind and soul clean and pure
  • Helping others to keep the house and surroundings neat and clean
  • Avoiding bad and indecent language
  • Not scribbling on the walls, using dust-bins properly and keeping toilets clean
  • Keeping clean all public places
  • Contributing to environmental cleanliness
  • Keeping away from morally harmful activities and situations.


Exercises

  • Recognize situations of cleanliness and uncleanliness.
  • Recall to your mind some people who have adhered to cleanliness.
  • What are the positive effects of cleanliness?
  • Think of a news item, short story, magazine article, literary piece, skit, street play, folk-song, poem, film, biography, photo, painting, T.V. or radio serial depicting this value

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