Godliness Is Next to Cleanliness?
The moment you enter the Osho International Meditation Resort you immediately feel you are entering a different world. In spite of all the people walking around, the campus sparkles throughout the day. Almost invisibly, the cleaning team supervises a nonstop cleaning operation. The care and attention that creates this almost spotless environment from early morning to late night is amazing. It is more challenging because this campus is luxuriously lined with trees of all sizes and shapes. There are open air spaces for eating, meditating, dancing, painting and other activities. As if it is in a forest! The leaves are falling continuously, seasons are changing, and each season has its own intrinsic qualities. Special attention is given to using products with very few chemicals, and which are easily degradable and the least harmful for the environment. The black exterior of the buildings is the litmus test of cleaning as it reflects dust very quickly. Maybe it is a reflection of Osho’s play with the maxim, “Godliness is next to cleanliness."
“After acquiring enough money from handouts, an inhabitant of the Bowery decided to take his refreshment at one of Wall Street’s better drinking establishments.
“A financial tycoon seated next to him was visibly appalled at the appearance and odor of the down-and-outer, so much so, in fact, that he turned to the man and pointedly said, ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness – John Wesley.’ His words were ignored.
“A few minutes later, the financier again intoned loudly, ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness – John Wesley.’ Still he was ignored.
“Finally, the visibly irritated financier shouted in the man’s face, ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness – John Wesley!’ “To which the skid-row denizen calmly replied, ‘Screw you! – Tennessee Williams.’”