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?
said the Buddha
Well, then, are you some kind of magician or wizard?
again the Buddha answered
Are you a man?
Well, my friend, then what are you?
the Buddha replied
I am awake