A materialization is the creation or appearance of matter from unknown sources. Some miracles reportedly involve materializations. The existence of the paranormal phenomenon of materializations is disputed.
Examples of materialization
The most famous example of a materialization in Christianity is the story of the multiplication of bread and fish by Jesus to feed a hungry crowd, according to the Bible (John 6:1-15 & Mark 6:35-44) or alternatively Genesis where everything came out of nothing.
The contemporary gurus Indian Sathya Sai Baba (SSB) and Swami Premananda claim to perform materializations. Spontaneous vibuthi (holy ash) manifestations are also reported by followers of SSB on his pictures at their homes.
Nandor Fodor: Materialization. In: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London 1934 Erlendur Haraldsson & Joop Houtkoper: Report on an Indian Swami Claiming to Materialize Objects: The Value and Limitations of Field Observations. In: Journal of Scientific Exploration. Vol. 8, No. 3, 1994, pp. 381-397 (PDF; 1 MB) Albert von Schrenck-Notzing: Phenomena of Materialisation. 1920 (Materialisationsphänomene. 1913)
It was 1,973 years before the birth of Jesus that Machiventa was bestowed upon the human races of Urantia. His coming was unspectacular; his materialization was not witnessed by human eyes. He was first observed by mortal man on that eventful day when he entered the tent of Amdon, a Chaldean herder of Sumerian extraction. And the proclamation of his mission was embodied in the simple statement which he made to this shepherd, "I am Melchizedek, priest of El Elyon, the Most High, the one and only God."
Notes and references
- Sathya Sai Baba Miracles depicting photos of miracles associated with Sai Baba
- Mick Brown: The Miracle In North London. In: The Spiritual Tourist. A Personal Odyssey Through the Outer Reaches of Belief. 1998, ISBN 1-58234-034-X, pp. 29-30
- Prinella Pillay: Divine blessing: It's a miracle, says family. In: Post (South African newspaper), 17 March, 2004
- The Sunday Times (South Africa): House of Miracles. 24 March, 2002