Thursday, May 27, 2010

How Good and How Pleasant

"According to Bishop K. C. Pillai the high caste people in the east bathe daily, but on Saturday for men and Friday for women they have a special ceremonial bath using linseed oil and coconut oil.

They take very good care of the body, teeth, and hair because they believe that they are stewards of their bodies and God dwells within. During the oil bath the head is messaged first with oil and then the neck, shoulders, and body; the oil drips down upon the beards and skirts of the garments (towels around their waists).

After the oil bath they find a place with flowing water like a waterfall or shower to bathe using soap made from ground soap nuts. Afterwards they eat and rest. This is very refreshing and peaceful, all their cares are washed away. Consider the state of mind and body after this treatment, take a moment and think about it." Now read this with new appreciation . . .

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron’s beard:
that went down to the skirts of his garments;

Psalm 133:1-2


  1. Does this have anything to do with washings and anointings?

  2. I think it does, since it seems to evoke Aaron's anointing as a priest.

  3. I have more postings on the anointing oil coming soon.

    Just as there is a pleasant,refreshing and peaceful feeling associated with the process of non-sacred anointing,just so with sacred anointing there comes a spiritual refreshing that is joyous to the soul.

  4. In the early years of the restored church, didn't they actually wash in a literal bathtub, completely submerged? How wonderful that would have been.