Most scriptures in their own different ways say that for the process of spiritual cleanliness to take place, the beginning must be with the physical part. Abdu'ul Baha said, "In every aspect of life, purity and holiness, cleanliness and refinement, exalt the human condition.
. . Even in the physical realm, cleanliness will conduce to spirituality". Cleanliness here refers not only to the way we tend to our hygiene, but also to the care we take to maintain and cherish all aspects of our environments (inner and outer) within our control.
Ablutions are an important part of worship in most religions. By bathing, we purge ourselves of the impurities before we pray. We keep our places of worship and our homes neat and clean. We also often bathe the statues of our deities. Scriptures also say spirituality is not a ritual, not even an act of prayer but a vibe. A vibe that should stay with us forever.
If cleanliness is an important step to this vibe, then for this vibe to stay, cleanliness should also stay with you. That means it is not enough if only our bodies, our places of worship or our homes are clean. Our roads, our cars, our buses, our trains, our offices and our public places too should be equally clean.
If these places defile us, then the accumulated spiritual bank balance starts depleting and the spiritual melody is interrupted. Therefore, the duality of life --- cleanliness at home and a 'don't care' attitude outside --- should be best given up.
We must make it our social and religious obligation to keep our surroundings neat and clean so that God can be with us all the time and everywhere. Incense in our homes and stench outside is symbolic of the mess we have made of our lives. Let the fragrance be everywhere. Let our places of worship extend to our outdoors.