But one clear sign of an awakened person is he or she is very relaxed, does not give way to emotion, is controlled in their senses, is loving like a mother, is wise like a grandfather, is always happy, and helps others to give up bad actions. Then there are those intangible qualities, you just feel a certain way, an energy?
If that's a description of someone who's enlightened, then I think I must have met a few non-Buddhist enlighted people in my life, particularly one or two schooteachers I've worked with.
One of the things I've noticed since I started working on the path is that teachers appear all over the place. Many people have enormous merit from their past lives. I rejoice in this.