Tirukkural 681: Qualifications of an Envoy

The qualification of an ambassador are affection (for his relations) a fitting birth, and the possession of attributes pleasing to royalty.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The stone or metal Deity images are not mere symbols of the Gods; they are the form through which their love, power and blessings flood forth into this world.