It is said that when the compassionate Buddha entered a town, he radiated such security and joy that crowds gathered around him just to gaze at his face.
"Blessed One," they asked, "are you a god?"
"No," he said.
"Are you an angel?"
"Are you a prophet?"
"Then what are you?"
"I am awake."
The literal meaning of the word Buddha, from the Sanskrit root budh, means "to wake up."
Today, if we look around, we can see that we live in a sleeping society ~ asleep and dreaming of wealth and pleasure and power even as the environmental foundations of our lives are being eroded by the unconscious forces of greed, ignorance,
It is only when you wake up that you begin to see that there is a whole other world inside of you, as real as the world without. In that inner world lies the key to establishing harmony with the environment and healing the world around us.
~Eknath Easwaran, Your Life Is Your Message