--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Temple Deities Reported Again to Be Drinking Milk Offerings
> www.hindustantimes.com <http://www.hindustantimes.com>
> NEW DELHII, INDIA, August 24, 2006: Thousands of people tonight 
> temples across Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab to watch 
> of Goddess Durga and God Siva drinking milk offered to them by 
devotees. In
> a rerun of similar incidents claimed to have taken place across the 
> in 1995, a large number of people queued up outside temples in 
Mathura and
> nearby holy cities of Vrindavan and Govardhan in UP, Vadodara in 
Gujarat and
> Kurukshetra in Haryana and Ludhiana in Punjab following claims that 
> Deities are taking milk offered to them. "A cup of milk was offered 
> Durgaji in Rama Nand Ashram Goverdhan this evening and she was not 
> pleased but has drank all.It is a good omen and the future of the 
country is
> bright," noted Saint Mahamandaleshwar Krishna Das Kanchan Maharaj 
said in
> Mathura. (HPI note: The 1995 "Milk Miracle" in which Lord Ganesha 
> milk was witnessed by thousands of devotees in countries around the 
> as well as video-taped.)


This is all crap generated by people living at high levels of stress, 
hoping for divine relief -- stone idols naturally absorb liquids:

"It was almost a repeat of a similar spectacle witnessed in 1995 when 
blind faith led millions of Hindus to offer milk to Lord Ganesha in 
temples across India and even abroad.

The current incident is suspected to have been prompted by reports of 
seawater around a Muslim dargah in Mumbai turning "sweet".

However, experts term the "milk-sipping" phenomenon a "hoax" that has 
worked simply due to people's "blind faith."

Lucknow University Geology professor M.P. Singh said: "It is very 
natural for any stone idol to absorb any liquid - and the older the 
stone, the more it absorbs." 

V.K. Singh of King George's Medical University here termed it 
as "nothing other than capillary action". He told IANS: "Only if 
people had the sense to realise that beyond a point, all the milk 
that is poured on deities simply flows away."

Significantly, even Swami Muktitanand, the head of Ram Krishna 
Mission, a devout Hindu organisation, dismissed the supposed 
phenomenon as "baseless" and "unscientific". He said: "Spirituality 
should not be totally devoid of scientific basis or understanding."

Lucknow District Magistrate Ramendra Tripathi termed it a "hoax" and 
declared that action would be taken against "rumour-mongers".

But people continued to rush to temples in their neighbourhood." 


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