It is said that after the Buddha experienced enlightenment, he passed a man on the road who was immediately struck by the Buddha’s appearance. The Buddha had an extraordinary radiance and peacefulness about him. The man knew he was in the company of an unusual person and he wanted to know more about him. Thus, he stopped and asked the Buddha.
“My friend, what are you. Are you a celestial being, or perhaps a god?” “No,” said Buddha
“Well then, are you some kind of magician or wizard?” “No,” said Buddha again.
“Are you a man?” “No.”
“Well, my friend, what then are you? This time the Buddha replied, “I am awake.”