It is said that soon after his enlightenment the Buddha passed a man on the road who was struck by the Buddha’s extraordinary radiance and peaceful presence.
The man stopped and asked, “my friend, what are you? Are you a celestial being or a God?”
“No” said the Buddha.
“Well then, are you some kind of magician or wizard?”
Again the Buddha answered, “No”.
“Are you a man?” “No”.
“Well my friend, then what are you?”
The Buddha replied, “I am awake”.
The author of this story is unknown and greatly appreciated!