The Buddha was asked: “Are you a God?”

“No,” was his answer.

“Are you a super man?”

“No.”

“Then what are you?”

“I am awake!” was the surprising answer.

Buddha meant this literally. Most of us dream our way through life, superficially responding to the karma brought on by our vasanas (habit energies). Compulsive behavior is a sign of these.

This article is published in Spiritual Odyssey.