When I was with my spiritual Master in a temple in Shanghai, He was gazing at the statue of the sleeping Buddha, waiting patiently. I asked him what He was waiting for. He answered, “I am waiting for the Buddha to get up.” Sleeping Buddha is an irony. The one who has truly awakened is shown sleeping. My Master was not waiting for Buddha to get up, but patiently waiting for all for us to wake up. Sleep is thinking that God and you are separate. If someone says that God and he are one and the same, it is considered a blasphemy. So let the world think that you, too, are a sleeping Buddha, while you are actually wide awake, living with the truth and joy of not wondering who is God, where is God, what is God, and when you will see God. — Satish Daryanani

Sleeping Buddha sculpture