Apr 242015


Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.  All glories to you and Srila Prabhupada.


Thank you for responding to my emails.  Can you please tell me what the name “Brhaspati” means?  Thank you.



Your servant

Bhakta Rich








Dear Bhakta Richard,

Receive my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.



The word brihaspati means “the lord of devotion” or also “the most intelligent”.

Brihaspati is the spiritual master of the Devas.





Your well-wisher

Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)



Site: www.manonatha.com















बृहस्पति      bRhaspati  m.     lord of prayer or devotion name of a deity




Noun 1. Brihaspati – personification of the power of ritual devotion



BRIHASPATI= personification of the power of ritual devotion (NOUN)




‘BRIHAS’ is Sanskrit for intelligence or ‘brain power’. The objective of BRIHAS is to train and develop people to exercise their minds – to use ‘brain power’ – positively to achieve ‘success in life’.


Ancient Indians had an innate belief in the preponderance of mind over matter. The austerities and penance they practised were all part of an eternal quest to achieve the objective of conquering the mind. By conquering the mind which according to modern science resides in the ‘higher centres’ of the brain, the ancient rishis were able conquer the body. They were able to endure extreme privations including heat and cold, pain and hunger.


We once scoffed at the ‘tapas’ which was their means of achieving lofty spiritual attainments. Isn’t it ironical that we are re-importing the essence of it repackaged as ‘yoga’, as a means to still the mind agitated by the rigours of modern life?


Choa Kok Sui’s ‘Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga’ is one such system for healing the mind and body using “life-energy”. In the system, the healer is trained to mentally pass energy of various colours – the colours depending on the site of ailment – to heal! The system works on the spiritual attainments of the healer – the greater the attainment, the greater the healing power. Mysterious as it may seem, it has been known to work in many chronic ailments not amenable to modern science.


In its May 2009 edition, ‘Wired‘ published the results of a scientific study conducted by Professor Garret Moddel of the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007. The experiment, very similar in concept to ‘Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga’, was to verify the power of mind over matter. In it Professor Moddel aimed a beam of light at a glass slide and asked his test-subjects to mentally increase the amount of reflected light. With a baseline of 8 percent, the subjects were able to successfully increase the reflection of the beam by .005 percent, and showed a similar success when asked to mentally decrease the amount of reflected light.


The concept ‘success in life’ is highly individual and depends on how one defines it. It can take many forms: artistic, literary, material, political or spiritual. However, it is now widely believed (nay, it is true!) that mere talent is not enough to achieve success in life in today’s highly competitive world. The development of ‘soft skills’, modern slang for skills such as positive thinking, communication, interpersonal relations, managing others or leadership etc., is the key to personal development – and success in life.


The approach of articles published in this blog is not to replicate material that the readers / viewers may be able to access in newspapers or in success manuals. This does not however mean that there would be no references to published material at all if the situation warrants but to approach issues, as far as possible, based on personal experiences. If published material is used it shall be properly referenced and a list of articles, books for further reading shall be provided where possible. Yes, a touch of humour is attempted to make the pieces a pleasure to read.






Finally, this is a readers’ forum. Readers / viewers can contribute anecdotes on development and mentoring. Readers may post their comments on articles / replies on the blog.












From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


God of planet Jupiter and teacher of the gods


Devanagari   बृहस्पति

Affiliation       Graha and Guru of the Devas

Planet   Jupiter

Mantra  Om Rim Guru e Namah[citation needed]

Consort         Tara

Mount   Elephant/chariot drawn by eight horses

Bṛhaspati (Sanskrit: बृहस्पति, “lord of prayer or devotion”,[1] often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) also known as Deva-guru (guru of the gods), is a Hindu god and a Vedic deity. He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief ‘offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods’ (Sanskrit: Purohita), with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind.


He is the guru of the Devas (gods) and the nemesis of Shukracharya, the guru of the Danavas (demons). He is also known as Ganapati (leader of the group [of planets]), and Guru (teacher), the god of wisdom and eloquence, to whom various works are ascribed, such as the Barhaspatya sutras.


He is described as of yellow or golden color and holding the following divine attributes: a stick, a lotus and beads. He presides over ‘Guru-var’ or Thursday.[2]


In astrology, Bṛhaspati is the regent of Jupiter and is often identified with the planet.


Contents [hide]

1 In Hinduism

2 In astrology

3 See also

4 References

5 External links

In Hinduism[edit]

Click! Dhruva, Saptarishi, Shani, Bṛhaspati, Budha, Shukra, Chandra, Vivasvan, Garbhodaksayi Vishnu

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Bṛhaspati is the son of Rishi Angiras (according to the Rig Veda 4.40.1) and Surupa according to the Shiva Purana. He has two brothers named Utathya and Samvartana, and has three wives. His first wife, Shuba, gave birth to Bhanumati, Raaka, Archishmati, Mahamati, Mahishmati, Sinivali, and Havishmati, his seven daughters. His second wife, Tara, gave birth to seven sons and a daughter. Through Bṛahspati’s third wife, Mamata, he had two sons, Kacha and Bharadwaja.


Bṛhaspati attained the position of preceptor of the Devas by performing penances on the banks of Prabhas Tirtha. Lord Shiva granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Navagrahas (Nine Planets).


There is a wide debate whether Kacha was Bṛhaspati’s offspring or his brother. But the Mahabharata states that Kacha was his brother. All Brahmins belonging to the Bharadwaja Gotra are believed to be his descendants.


In astrology[edit]


Bṛhaspati with Tara

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In Jyotisha (Hindu astrology), Bṛhaspati is the name for the planet Jupiter, which is one of the Navagraha (the nine planets) . He is also known as Guru, Cura and Devaguru. Bṛhaspati is considered to be the most beneficial sign of any of the planets. Bṛhaspati rules over the signs Dhanu (Sagittarius) and Meena (Pisces), he is exalted in Karka (Cancer) and in his fall in Makara (Capricorn). The Sun, Moon and Mars are considered friendly to Bṛhaspati, Mercury is hostile and Saturn is neutral.


Bṛhaspati in Vedic astrology is considered to be of the element ether (space) or Akasha Tattva (i.e. Akasha = Space/Sky/Aether; Tattva = Essence/Category/Truth). This element indicates vastness, growth and expansion in a person’s life. Bṛhaspati also represents the balance of past karma, religion, philosophy, knowledge and issues relating to offspring. He is concerned with education, teaching and the dispensation of knowledge. Humans with Jupiter dominating in their horoscope could grow fat as life progresses and their empire and prosperity increases; and diabetes is an ailment directly related to this sign. According to traditional Hindu astrology, worship or propitiation of Bṛhaspati or Guru (Jupiter) results in cure from ailments affecting the stomach and helps ward off sins.


Bṛhaspati is lord of three Nakshatras or lunar mansions: Punarvasu, Vishakha and Purva Bhadrapada. The following items are associated with Bṛhaspati: his color is yellow, his metal is gold, and his gemstones are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. The season associated with him is winter, direction is north-east and his element is ether or space.







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