Cleanliness may refer to physical and mental and behavioural.
Cleanliness is a good
habit and very useful for all of us. When we keep ourselves clean
physically we are not allowing any bad insects or diseases or germs to grow. We
are not allowing bad things to flourish. Our physique stays healthy. We
will be able to think of good thoughts.
When we keep the surroundings clean, we are not
allowing the demon-like germs, insects and diseases to spread around the world
and cause damage to neighbouring people. We are directly or indirectly helping
others. We are also
teaching good habits to ignorant people.
When we see clean things and pure things around,
we do not get bad ideas. We feel happy in heart and mind and we will
be inclined to help others. So we healthy mentally and in heart.
Cleanliness is perhaps not Godliness as we can not do what all God does. But it is next to being Godly, as we are
helping others to be in good health and to be good.
Children and saints
(sages) are said to be Gods or God's people. Because they keep their minds clean. They do not
pollute the environment. They obey the laws of nature. They try for the good of human kind. This is what God wants.
People with clean minds are good, helpful. They work for prosperity of all humanity and animals too. They help others and protect others like God does.
So cleanliness is next to Godliness.