The jewel of Saucha, or purity, carries a two-fold meaning. First Saucha invites us to purify our bodies, our thoughts, and our words - a fitting and synchronized theme for Ramadan!
As we purify our bodies, our thoughts, and our words، we become less cluttered and heavy; purification brings about a brightness and clarity to our essence.
There is a great energy that lies, mostly dormant, within each of us. This is the energy of consciousness or awakening.
We have all felt the movement of this energy: moments when tears silently well in our eyes with the stirring of overwhelming love: moments when beauty stops us and captures us in wonder: moments when contentment and well-being ooze from our pores; moments when the life force pulses through us like electricity making us vibrant and young; moments when deep wisdom bathes light on our unknowing; moments when awareness comes to us in technicolor. These moments are small tastes of what happens as the energy within us awakens.
To practice the guideline of purity is to engage in cleansing processes, both physical and mental, that prepare us for these kinds of experiences all the time. Cleansing strengthens the body and insulates the mind, preparing for the awakening of the energy within us. Cleansing prepares us for the greatness of our spirit. Cleansing lightens us to experience more of the divine mystery.