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The sound of one hand clapping

Once Buddha was asked, “Who are you?”

He was such a beautiful man and the Buddhahood 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 come from heaven, and he lived like a beggar! Again and again he was asked, “Who are you?”

And the man who was asking was a great scholar.

He said, “Are you from the world of gods? Are you a god?”
Buddha said, “No.” “Then are you a Gandharva?”
Gandharvas are the musicians 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?”

And Buddha said, “No.” 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 as 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, “No, 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.”

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