I just had an epiphany this morning. When I was in 2nd grade in Convent School, we had moral science class daily. One of the lessons called ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ has been etched in my mind indelibly for reasons unknown to me. At that time as a very concrete thinker I perceived the lesson as an act of maintaining a clean outside environment. I just realized the deeper meaning of the lesson. It is keeping your internal environment clutter free of all evil emotions to be able to perceive Godliness internally and externally. What a concept.
War leads to pollution and pollution results in war. Humans face war and pollution daily internally and externally every day. Only the war and pollution that we can see is hyped up daily. What about the war and pollution that we face internally every day of our lives. We do not stop to give it any importance.
All war and pollution are directly related to one of more of these 6 internal enemies or passions of the mind. They are lust, anger, greed, delusory emotional attachment, pride, or envy and jealousy. Destiny or fate is inevitable when overpowered by these emotions. When overpowered by destiny fear follows without a doubt.
These evil emotions are the internal pollutants which cause a raging war within the mind where the thoughts and emotions are constantly in struggle with the conscience of the purity of the soul. The internal war reflects in the external environment. External pollution and war that we are able to perceive is directly correlated to the war and pollution faced within each one of us. The internal pollutants give rise to acts of selfishness of wanting to hurt another person physically or emotionally.
Internal pollutants result in behaviors that can cause inconvenience to your neighbor. They can cause behaviors that can break apart happy and healthy families. They can cause extreme hurt, death, devastation, and destruction to self and others around. Being in company with people who are full of internal pollutants can cause others to pollute themselves. Or sometimes the hurt felt by others internal pollutants can cause pollution within yourself resulting in behaviors that are spiritually, morally, societally, and environmentally destructive. It is a vicious never ending cycle of doom.
We all do a wonderful job of trying to project all external war and pollution and talking about the evils of the world. Why is it we do not spend half the time cleaning our own pollutants internally? So simple yet so difficult to achieve……….