Buddha's awakening was so profound that people often asked him "Who are you?" Implying "To what order of being do you belong?" "Are you a god?" "No." "Are you an angel?" "No." "A saint?" "No." "Then what are you?" "I am awake," answered the Buddha, and that in fact, is the meaning of the word Buddha (from the Sanskrit root Budh, meaning "to wake up, "to know.")