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I wonder if there are any scriptural references or slokas that tell us why the fruits of our actions are faced by us in our next life as any jiva or as a human, and why not in this life itself?

  • Does this answer your question? Does Karma from previous life affect the current life? – Archit Jun 30 at 14:17
  • Have you heard of Sade Sati of Saturn mentioned in the horoscope? There is a reason Saturn is linked to final judgement, court and is the last planet and there is a huge fear of Shani in India for these reasons. It comes once in 30 years for 7.5 years in an individual's life, thats the the judgement period for jivas, kids might not remember their sade sati, but its usually catastrophic for corrupt people while beneficial for kind people, a metamorphosis period. – user20656 Jun 30 at 17:14
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    Only those planets will impact destiny and life of people on earth that can be seen from earth with naked eyes, hence there are only 7 planets of a week while 2 shadow planets/eclipses, western astrology is pure nonsense taking into account of Neptune and pluto which were discovered recently with modern telescopes. – user20656 Jun 30 at 17:20
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    Thumb is finger of fire Sun, whole hand revolves around the thumb which is the local Sun, just like all planets revolve around solar sun. The middle finger in human hand is longest and is of Saturn because Saturn is farthest from Sun and finger for wearing Neelam, while last finger is of mercury and closest to Sun, finger of emerald, index finger is of Jupiter and second farthest from the Sun thumb, while ring finger contains Mars, Moon and venus which are close neighbours.Gyana Mudra of meditation is when Jupiter, index finger meets Sun, the thumb, transforming potential to wisdom of Jupiter. – user20656 Jun 30 at 17:36
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    What Manu Kumar is saying that one gets punished for bad Karmas during Sade Shati only, i.e. in the current life. So, it does not have to be the next life always. @juztcode – Rickross Jun 30 at 17:40
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It is not necessary that the we will have to wait till the next life. But it takes time. And, mostly, the time taken is greater than one lifetime.

This can be understood if we visualize our Karmas in the form of tree that bears fruits.

Lord Shiva says the following:


DAridrya-dukkha-rogAshcha vandhana-vyAsanAni cha |
AtmAparAdha-vrikshasya phalAn-yetAni dehinAm ||

Poverty, misery, diseases, bondage and the bad habits -- these all are the fruits of the tree (Atma-Aparadha Vriksha) which is the manifestation of the Jiva's misdeeds.

KulArnava Tantram 1.54


Now, if we visualize our performing of the Karma as sowing of seed in the soil, then it takes a lot of time for the seed to grow into a fruit-bearing tree. And, these fruits are what we call Karmaphala.

Just like the fruits are not obtained immediately after the seed is sown, the Karmaphala is analogously not immediately experienced by the Jiva.

So, it is guaranteed that there will be a gap of time between the instance an action is performed and the instance when it's fruits are ready to be experienced.

But, it is really difficult to say how long this gap will be.

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    nice answer.thanks! – Panibotal Jun 30 at 15:10
  • thanks .. and no problem :) @Sarvottammishra – Rickross Jun 30 at 15:34
  • It is not guaranteed that there is a gap. Whether there is no gap, a short gap, or an extended gap lies solely with the Lord. – Swami Vishwananda Jul 1 at 4:54

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