Plenty of times, either as excuses or not, people tend to claim that one must search the "inner" being before keeping our physical appearance (Kesh), or that the physical appearance is no longer a necessity. One often brings up how a person doesn't need an outside, and "God" can see all of our actions, and that they are pure in their hearts, and thats all that matters. Both, go hand in hand, and make-up our complete self. Here is an essay I would like to share with everyone that addresses this issue head-on : I think Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind had come across this realization before, that is why we grow hair, because it exists, because its given to us. That is why we treat our bodies correctly, because they are APART of the mind/soul. We are APART of God, it is the inner-self and the outer-self. We obtained 5 K's to help us take care of our outer-self. We obtained the Guru Granth Sahib to soothe both parts. One must take care of both, not just the inner-self. Anyways, discuss the article here.