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  1. Prajapati said to Himself: "Well, let Me make a firm basis for it (semen)." So He created woman. Having created her, He placed her below and worshipped her. Therefore one should worship a woman, placing her below. He (Prajapati) extended His organ that projects and with it impregnated her. (Verse 6.4.2) brihadaranyaka upanishad Chapter IV—Conception and Birth as Religious Rites Verse

He was not at all happy. Therefore people (still) are not happy when alone. He desired a mate. He became as big as man and wife embracing each other. He parted this very body into two. From that came husband and wife. Therefore, said Yājñavalkya, this (body) is one-half of oneself, like one of the two halves of a split pea. Therefore this space is indeed filled by the wife. He was united with her. From that men were born.(verse1.4.3)Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad Chapter I > Section IV - The Creation and Its Cause

In the first verse Prajapati created the woman but in the second verse (1.4.3) aham split himself into two man and a woman.

Why there is a contradiction between these two verses

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  • @SwamiVishwananda I have made the edits – Dark Knight Feb 15 at 5:43
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In the first verse Prajapati created the woman but in the second verse (1.4.3) aham split himself into two man and a woman.

They are not contradictory because they can be combined into one coherent event:

First passage:

He created woman.

Second passage:

He parted this very body into two. From that came husband and wife.

The first passage says he created a woman. The second passage is explaining how he created a woman: by splitting himself into two. So, he created man and woman by splitting himself into two, and then with his male body he impregnated the woman body.

Thus, there is no contradiction between the two passages. Can you find one?

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  • There is a difference between creating and splitting – Dark Knight Feb 15 at 13:16
  • @DarkKnight There is indeed a difference, but they are not logical contradictions. A logical contradiction would be between splitting and non-splitting. – Ikshvaku Feb 15 at 13:18
  • that's what create means (non splitting). – Dark Knight Feb 15 at 13:20
  • @DarkKnight It does not. Create also means "cause". So Prajapati caused man and woman to come into existence by splitting himself. – Ikshvaku Feb 15 at 13:21
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    OK know I understood it thanks – Dark Knight Feb 15 at 13:25
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There is no contradiction. Both the verses are about Prajapati.

Hiranya-garbha or Prajapati divided himself into two. Both are his elements. The two are not separate and the theory is not one of final dualism.

Commentary on Brihadaranyaka Upanishad I.4.3 by Radhakrishnan.

The point is that Prajapati creates man and woman by dividing himself.

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