THE WORLD-WIDE MILK MIRACLES:
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THE WORLD-WIDE MILK MIRACLES:
Entered on: 05/11/1998
". . . a sign that a great Soul has descended"
"He is going to flood the world with such happenings that the mind can
never comprehend it." (Maitreya's associate in SHARE INTERNATIONAL, July
On Thursday 21 September the news swept around the world of the
extraordinary miracles of milk-drinking Hindu statues. Never before in
history has a simultaneous miracle occurred on such a global scale.
Television, radio and newspapers eagerly covered this unique phenomenon,
and even sceptical journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the gods
-- and watched, humbled, as the milk disappeared. The media coverage was
extensive, and although scientists and 'experts' created theories of
"capillary absorption" and "mass hysteria", the overwhelming evidence and
conclusion was that an unexplainable miracle had occurred.
It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts of Delhi, India,
when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh just disappeared into thin air.
Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon thousands were offering
milk to the gods and watching in amazement as it disappeared. Life in
India was brought to a virtual standstill as people rushed to temples to
see for themselves the drinking gods. Others claimed that small statues
in millions of homes around the country were also drinking the offerings
At one of Delhi's largest temples, the Birla Mandir, Pandit
Sunderlal was just coming on duty at 5.30am when he got a call telling him
of the miracle in the suburbs. "I went and took a spoon of milk and put
it to Ganesh's mouth. He drank it and it became empty. Then I gave Shiva
a drink too."
Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled to control crowds
who gathered outside hundreds of temples with jugs and saucepans of milk
for the marble statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom and learning,
and Shiva, his father, God the Destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Across
Delhi, society ladies with silver jugs and tumblers full of milk were
standing alongside uneducated labouring women in mile-long queues,
awaiting their turn.
At one Delhi temple a priest said more than 5,000 people had
visited his temple: "We are having a hard time managing the crowds." A
Delhi housewife who had waited two hours to feed the white marble statue
of Ganesh said: "The evil world is coming to an end and maybe the Gods
are here to help us." Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's
unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought it was
rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But then I did it
myself. I swear that the spoon was drained." Parmeesh Soti, a company
executive, was convinced it was a miracle. "It cannot be a hoax. Where
would all that milk go to? It just disappeared in front of my eyes."
Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based journalist, reported that:
"Inside the darkened shrine, people held stainless steel cups and clay
pots to the central figure of the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of
evil, and his snake companion, and watched the milk levels ebb. Although
some devotees force-fed the idol enthusiastically, the floor was fairly
India was in pandemonium. The Government shut down for several
hours, and trading ground to a halt on stock markets in Bombay and New
Delhi as millions in homes and temples around the country offered milk to
Very soon the news spread to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong
Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada.
Reports were flooding in from all over the world. In Hong Kong more than
800 people converged on the Hindu temple in Happy Valley to witness the
drinking statues of Krishna and Brahma alongside the small silver statue
of Ganesh which priests claimed had drunk 20 litres of milk.
In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported miracles taking place in
temples and homes around the country. At the Vishwa Temple in Southall,
London, 10,000 people in 24 hours witnessed the 15-inch statue of the bull
Nandi and a bronze statue of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups
and spoons. Sushmith Jaswal, aged 20, said she was sceptical at first but
her doubts vanished with the milk. "It was like a blessing," she said.
Nita Mason also witnessed the statue and said, "It is a miracle -- God is
trying to show people that he is here." Girish Desai, a bank worker from
Edgware said: "I had heard reports but didn't believe it. But I
experienced it myself. I held a spoonful of milk to the lips of one of
the idols . . . and the statue started sipping it. The milk disappeared
as I watched it."
At the Geeta Bhavan Temple in Manchester a-inch silver Ganesh
lapped up the milk. Rakesh Behl,5, fed the silver elephant several
times and said: "Did you see how quickly Ganesh drank? How can anyone
not believe this miracle? This has really inspired my faith." At the
Southall home of Asha Ruparelia, 42, a clay statue of Ganesh was drinking
the milk in her living room: "It has drunk 20 pints of milk since last
night. Nearly 600 people have come round to see it."
Another amazing manifestation occurred at a major Hindu temple in
Wimbledon, South London. There, milk offerings to the statue of Ganesh
disappeared, and, simultaneously, in a shrine room containing a large
photograph of Sai Baba, vibhuti (holy ash) poured from Sai Baba's
forehead, and amrit (nectar) flowed from His feet.
Many journalists actively participated in these miraculous events.
Rebecca Mae, a DAILY EXPRESS journalist, wrote: "I had a good view from
the side and all I can say is that the statue appeared to suck in half a
spoonful while it was held level by the worshipper. The rest was sipped
reverently by the devotee. A photographer from a national tabloid
newspaper was right in front of the statue. And he was convinced it was
drinking the milk. He said he could see no mechanism to explain the
phenomenon, after scrutinising it at length. As a lapsed Catholic I
don't believe in stories of the Virgin Mary shedding tears. Indeed, I
would say I was as sceptical as anyone -- but it's difficult to dismiss
something you have seen for yourself."
Journalist Suzanne O'Shea also witnessed the miracle. "Following
the example of others I knelt on the floor beside the statue of the bull
and placed a dessert spoon filled with milk beside its mouth, steadying it
with both hands. Within seconds the milk had virtually vanished, leaving
just a drop in the spoon that was emptied into my hands so that I could
bless myself. I tried a second time, and again the milk seemed to vanish
from the spoon within seconds."
Rikee Verma, a journalist from THE TIMES newspaper, wrote:
"Being a religious person, I first went to the upstairs bedroom . . . and
placed a spoonful of milk against a photograph of Ganesh and was
astonished to find within seconds that the spoon was half empty. I
checked to make sure that the glass frame of the photograph was not wet.
It was dry. I could not believe what I was seeing. This was clearly a
message from the gods saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.' I then
went to the Sri Ram Mandir [Temple] in Southall. . . . I placed a
spoonful of milk underneath the trunk and within seconds the spoon was
empty. . . . Others who had witnessed the miracle were filled with
emotion. 'Our god has finally come to us,' one said."
While the media and scientists still struggle to find an
explanation for these events, many Hindus believe they are a sign that a
great teacher has been born. Journalist Rebecca Mae writes: "Most of the
worshippers said they only went to the temple occasionally and were
certainly not religious fanatics. But they were adamant that a new god
had been born to save the world from evil." Krishna Anratar Dubey, a
respected Indian astrologer, explained that according to Hindu mythology
such miracles happen when a great Soul arrives in the world.
At the Southall temple in London where thousands had witnessed the
miracles, the chairman Mr Bharbari offered his explanation. "All I know
is that our Holy Book says that wherever evil prevails on earth then some
great Soul will descend to remove the bondage of evil so that right shall
reign. We believe this miracle, and those happening at other Hindu
temples, may be a sign that a great Soul has descended, like Lord Krishna
or Jesus Christ."
(Benjamin Creme's Master has explained that Maitreya and a group of
Masters were responsible these manifestations, while Sai Baba, Himself,
created the vibhuti and amrit which flowed from his photograph in the
Wimbledon temple. He also predicts that there will be even more amazing
miracles in the very near future. These 'signs' are events co-ordinated
with the imminent appearance of Maitreya on television. In His article in
Share International July 1992, Benjamin Creme's Master forecast: "In
time, even biased and cynical media will find it difficult to gainsay the
experience of thousands that the 'age of miracles' has no end.")
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(Sources: THE GUARDIAN; THE INDEPENDENT; THE TIMES; THE
TELEGRAPH; THE DAILY EXPRESS; THE DAILY MAIL; UK)
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