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AN.IV.36 Sutta Seeing the imprint of a 1000-spoked wheel in each footprint of the Buddha (one of the signs of a Great Man), assumes the Buddha cannot be human and asks whether he is:
1. an angel; 2. a Gandhabba; 3. an ogre; 4. a human. The Buddha replies that he is none of these -- but one in which the defilements leading to rebirth in such forms has been abandoned -- just as the lotus grown up in the water, reaches the surface of the water and stands unsoiled by the water -- in the same way although the Buddha was born in the world, has grown up in the world, the Buddha has overcome the world
35/136 Catukanipaata Pa.thama Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.ii.

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