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Cleanliness is next to godliness:essay

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

These lines 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness' was given by Mahatma Gandhi to raise awareness regarding the importance of staying clean. Cleanliness according to Mahatma Gandhi was a great virtue to inculcate. Such was the importance attached to this virtue that it was considered worthy of praising. It was said that God only reside where there is neatness and cleanliness.

According to Mahatma Gandhi, cleanliness is of two types - physical cleanliness and mental cleanliness. Physical cleanliness can be achieved by keeping one's body neat and clean by bathing regularly, brushing teeth two times, washing hands after going to toilet and before eating food. Physical cleanliness can also be achieved by changing one's clothes regularly and washing them.

Another aspect of physical cleanliness is cleanliness of one's surroundings. We should keep our environment clean as we keep our body clean. A healthy body cannot be raised in an unhealthy environment. We can keep our environment clean by planting trees. We should throw the garbage inside the dustbin. Green dustbin is for biodegradable waste and Blue dustbin is for non-biodegradable waste. We should clean our room and toilets by ourselves.

Second type of cleanliness is mental health and hygiene. This can be achieved by praying, meditating and practising gratitude. We should spiritually clean ourselves. Mental hygiene can be achieved by not lying, abusing other person and speaking truth. Another way of achieving mental hygiene is by not taking drugs or prohibited drinks and food items. Thus, there are various forms of cleanliness according to Gandhi ji. 

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