After the awakening, while I was following the road between the tree of awakening and the village of Gāya, a naked Ājīvika ascetic called Upaka saw me and said this:
Your faculties are quite clear, sir, and your complexion is pure and bright.
On account of whom have you gone forth – who is your teacher?
Whose Dharma do you consent to?
I then addressed Upaka in verse as follows:
Upaka then said this to me:
According to your declaration, sir, you ought to have conquered the infinite.
I replied as follows:
Conquerors, like me,
I have conquered
all evil phenomena,
am the conqueror.
When I said this, Upaka, the naked Ājīvika, simply said ‘Maybe, sir’, before shaking his head and taking a different path.