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3.1 The Buddhist Approach
The Buddhist Abhidharma describes the collective realities in different terms but the underlying facts are just about the same. The abhidharma (higher-consciousness realities) describes the collective realities tainted with three characteristics, namely, impermanence, suffering, and self-doctrines (conditioned by the doctrines of a separate self or non-self). As the seeker unfolds the three levels of emancipation (sign-less-ness of permanence of conditioned reality, desire-less-ness for worldly pleasures, and emptiness [freedom] from conditioned activities, views, ideas, and opinions) he experiences omnipresent realities that have striking similarity with Virata, Hiranyagarbha and Avyakrita. A few references for both the Hindu and Buddhist methodology are given as a further reading at the end of this paper.What has been found in the eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism is that without the kind guidance of a master, one 'Bhumi' or state of consciousness can be mistaken for another; subtle evil roots can dictate a claim that is premature and hence the seeker needs to be very circumspect. After all, wrong results would ensue from wrong motivations. This is not to suggest that there cannot be any spontaneous realization of these higher collective consciousnesses. It is also true that there is a consciousness co-existing with 'Avyakrita' that thoroughly examines the realization that it truly is. Nevertheless, the guidance of a gracious teacher is not only helpful, but sometimes is the only barrier between true realization and prematurely playing God.