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Yajnavalkya

The ancient seer Yajnavalkya studied the Yajurveda collection under the tutelage of his maternal uncle. Yajnavalkya was a really fast learner. He and his uncle came to have serious differences in interpretation. On one occasion, his uncle was so enraged that he demanded the return of all the knowledge he had imparted to Yajnavalkya. Yajnavalkya returned in indignation or (literally vomitted) all the knowledge he had learnt. After having regurgitated the knowledge had from his teacher, Yajnavalkya adhered to the Sun God and got new knowledge directly from the Great One (original man, Narayan) who taught him the Shukla (White) Yajurveda.

Yajnavalkya is now esteemed as one of the founders of Indian civilisation, an eminent sage - things like that. Now, the subject-matter of the two collections - the Black and the White Yajur - is almost the same. But the white is more systematic and contains some added texts. [Yaj, inside cover; also: ◦Link]

What Yajnavakya taught one of his two wives is the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

He is also credited with Yajnavalkya Yoga., providing a wider and wiser berth for yoga training than the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

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Paramhansa Paramahansa Yogananda, LITERATURE  

Ak: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.

Ebu: Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD. London: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2008.

Pa: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 11th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1971.

Yaj: Chand, Devi, tr. The Yajurveda. Rev. ed. New Delhi: Banarsidass, 1980.

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