Brihaspati is the Guru of Devas,personification of piety and religion,the chief offerer of prayers and sacrifices, represented as the Purohita of the gods with whom he intercedes for men.He is the Lord of planet Jupiter.He is often known simply as"Guru".According to Hindu scriptures,he is the guru of the Devas and the arch-nemesis of Shukracharya,the guru of the Danavas.He is also known Guru, the god of wisdom and eloquence, to whom various works are ascribed,such as the "atheistic" Barhaspatya sutras. Guru is usually depicted with an elephant or chariot drawn by eight horses as his vehicle.He is described of yellow or golden colour and holding a stick,a lotus and his beads.He presides over 'Guru-var',Brihaspativar or Thursday.
He is of Sattva Guna and represents knowledge and teaching.His Tattva or element is Akasha or ether, and his direction is north-east.
Design: Made in heavy shining brass.
Brass is well known for its grasping capacity. It grasps the divine spirit upto 30%, when compared to other metals.The spiritual vibrations are attracted towards these shining idols easily.
Dimensions: 2.8 inches (H) x 1 inches (W) x 2.25 inches (L)
Weight: 257 grams
Placement: It should be placed facing North direction.
Importance of Idol worship: Idols are not the idle fancies of sculptors,but shining channels through which the heart of the devotee is attracted to and flows towards God.Though the image is worshipped, the devotee feels the presence of the Lord in it and pours out his devotion unto it.Regular worship, Puja and other modes of demonstrating our inner feeling of recognition of Divinity in the idol unveils the Divinity latent in it.This is truly a wonder and a miracle.The picture comes to life.The idol speaks.It will answer your questions and solve your problems. The God in you has the power to awaken the latent Divinity in the idol.The lives of Mirabai, Sant Tukaram, Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Shri Yogananda are a few instances to prove the point.They proved beyond doubt that idol worship has its own brighter side and through simple faith and intense devotion one can realize God through it.
Idols are the "finite representation of the Infinite".As per Vishnu Samhita (ch 29, v 55-7), persuasively endorses the use of imagery (idols) and puts it:"Without a form how can God be mediated upon? If (He is) without any form,where will the mind fix itself? When there is nothing for the mind to attach itself to,it will slip away from meditation or will glide into a state of slumber.Therefore the wise will meditate on some form,remembering,however, that the form is a superimposition and not a reality."
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Brihaspati is the Guru of Devas,personification of piety and religion,the chief offerer of prayers and sacrifices, represented as the Purohita of the gods with whom he intercedes for men.