Once Buddha was asked , “Who are you?” He was such beautiful man and the Buddha hood had conferred such grace on him, that many times he was asked “Who are you?” He looked like an emperor or a god who had from heaven, and the lived like a beggar! Again and again he was asked , “who are you?” And the man who was asking was the great scholar. He said, “Are you from the world of god?’’
Buddha said, “no”
Then are you a gandharya?
Gandharvas are the musician of the gods. Buddha had such music around him the music of silence, the sound of no sound, one hand clapping that it was natural to ask him., “are you a Gandharva, a celestial musician’’
Buddha said ‘’no.’’
And the man went on asking. There are many categories in Hindu mythology from gods to man. Then finally he asked, “Are you a great king, a Chakravartin, one who rules over the whole world?
Annoyed, the scholar asked, Are you a man, or not even that?
Buddha said. “Don‘t be annoyed, but what can I do? I have to state the truth
It is. I am not a man either.’’
Now the scholar was very very angry, enraged. He said, “Then are you an animal?”
Buddha said, “Not an animal, not a tree, not a rock.’’
“Then who are you? the man asked.Buddha said, “I am awareness, just pure awareness, just a mirror reflecting all that is.’’