Definition: Saucha, from Sanskrit, literally meaning purity, cleanliness, and clearness.
The woman floating represents the sattva guna (mode of nature), which has the qualities of lightness, illumination, and clarity. Purity is reflected in one who embodies these qualities through their lifestyle, and water is an element that clears us physically and energetically. The spiral surrounding her shows a harmonious aura, which attracts favorable circumstances for spiritual growth and nourishes the hearts and minds of others.
“Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, and fire my spirit.” — Native American Chant
2.40 sattva shuddhi saumanasya ekagra indriya-jaya atma darshana yogyatvani cha
Through cleanliness and purity of body and mind (saucha), comes a purification of the subtle mental essence (sattva), a pleasantness, a one-pointedness, mastery over the senses, and a capability for self-realization. — Patanjali
It is Grandmother’s wisdom that a clean space supports a clean mind. Cleanliness is a fundamental necessity to live a yogic life, yet it can be easily overlooked. Imagine the difference between walking into a dirty room and one that is spotlessly clean. How does each one feel? A clean space expands us, while a messy environment contracts us. This same principle applies to both our bodies and minds.
By keeping your surroundings pleasant, free from clutter, and organized in a natural way, you experience a sense of spaciousness. This has a soothing effect on your senses and provides you with a feeling of calm. Energetically, a pure and clean environment will support you to turn inwards with less disturbance.
Look at what areas of your life need to be cleansed and make a commitment to taking the necessary actions. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Create your life in such a way that you would invite the Divine to come and stay.
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