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Apocatastasis (Gk., apokathʿistēmi, ‘to restore’). The restoration of the created order to a condition, either of its intended perfection, or to its source (e.g. God as creator). It is thus associated with the end of the present cosmos. However, it has also been adopted by those who hold that creation is eternal (see COSMOLOGY): in that case, apocatastasis refers to the phase in which the absolute condition of perfection is attained. In Hinduism, something akin to apocatastasis occurs in the mahāpralaya. In Buddhism, the equivalent is the point at which the condition of nirvāna is universally realized.

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