Society: Sikhism: Principles:
Purity of mind and body
Sikhism believes in attaining holiness, purity, personal
cleanliness and cleanliness of surroundings by avoiding loathsomeness,
abomination, physical and emotional stress. It believes that heart and
mind can not be pure without cleanliness of body. Therefore bathing and
washing is an important aspect of Sikh way of life.
It is generally believed that bathing and ablution in
the morning is more effective than any remedy in the world. Washing
of hands is obligatory in almost all the religions both before and after
partaking of food as well as at other times. Similarly, washing of hair
is based on the theory to avoid stink, contamination, diseases and infections
which may spread to ears, nose, eyes (cause blindness), mouth and other
parts of the body.
The Sikhs are required to clean the body and mind from
vices and sins. The Sikh must wash up the body, clean the mind in nectarine
stream and bathe the soul in love of God to attain Him.