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The story of Yagnavalkya giving back his knowledge is described in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana. As I discuss in this answer, after Vyasa compiled the mantras of the Vedas into the four books that we call the Vedic Samhitas, he taught the Vedas to various disciples, who each started their own Shakha or Vedic school. In particular, he taught the Yajur ...


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The debate of Yajnavalkya with Gargi and his teacher Uddalaka is in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Here is with Gargi: iii-vi-1: Then Gargi, the daughter of Vacaknu, asked him, ‘Yajnavalkya’, she said, ‘if all this is pervaded by water, by what is water pervaded ?’ ‘By air, O Gargi’. ‘By what is air pervaded?’ ‘By the sky, O Gargi’. ‘By what is the ...


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As you have said in your question there are 16 recensions or Shakhas of Shukla Yajurveda , and your query is - how come there are 16 shakhas instead of one.? and Yajnavalkya learned all 16 shakhas from Surya deva. Second one is that all the 16 shishyas altered it and created their own shakha. The exact answer of your question is given in a Srimad bhagavata ...


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Your question is related to famous Yajnavalkya and Shakalya debate , which which is mentioned in Shapatha Brahmana (11.6.3.11) as well as Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (Chapter 3-Brahmana 9 ). Some Background of the Story - At the Horse sacrifice of King Janaka of Videha thousands of sages from land of Kuru and Panchala assembled at his place to witness the ...


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