Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Omega Point

  • Fredrica R. HalliganEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_477
The forthcoming unity of all humanity was defined as the “Omega Point” by Jesuit paleontologist and mystic, Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In most mystical traditions, the idea of union with God is preceded by the experiential recognition of loving unity with all humanity. Sai Baba, for example, recently has stated that:

All the resources of nature like air are available to all irrespective of nationality or creed or race. This is the unity in diversity that has to be realized…. All should seek to live as brothers and sisters. No one should criticize any nation, faith or culture. When you cultivate this broad outlook, your culture will be respected by others. It is this spirit of unity that the world needs today (Sai Baba 1995, p. 214).

In medieval times, the Sufi mystic Ibn al-‘Arabi wrote of similar, cross-cultural breadth of love:

My heart has become capable of every form:

It is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,

And a temple for idols and the Pilgrim’s Ka’ba.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mind Body Spirit InstituteStamfordUSA