Those weekly girl scout meetings always began with us reciting our vows. “To be clean in thought, word, and deed,” I would say carelessly, eager to begin our project or camping excursion.
For children being raised in Krsna consciousness, cleanliness isn’t an abstract ideal but an important part of a progressive spiritual life. Though spiritual purity is the first concern, physical and mental cleanliness also count. In fact, they are usually symptoms of one’s consciousness, and a clean body and mind help develop a clean consciousness, or Krsna consciousness.