It is said that we take rebirth to reap the fruits of our karma. But the population has always increased since the beginning of time. What is the origin of the karma of this added population?

  • The number of jivas (individual souls) is infinite. There is neither increase or decrease. The universe is infinite in time. Karma lies with each individual jiva. Oct 9, 2020 at 13:09

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It is not so. As per data from https://ourworldindata.org/, there were dips at 519 AD, 1325 AD, 1627 AD. And later around 1945.

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In regards to the concept of karma. It is not just applicable for living entities in human form of life. There are 8,640,000 species. Human form is just a subset. A living entity roams throughout these forms based on karma, under the supervision of divine personality.

In a lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder Acharya of ISKCON, on Bhagavad Gita 7.4 verse mentions:

There are three qualities of the material nature. One who is associating with the modes of goodness, they're being promoted to the higher planetary system. Those who are associating with the modes of passion, they will remain within this middle planetary system. And jaghanya-guṇa-vṛtti-sthāḥ, those who are most abominable, acting most abominably, jaghanya-guṇa, adho gacchanti. This is confirmation. Adho gacchanti: "Goes down," to the animal kingdom, to the beast, birds, reptiles, snakes, so many things. There are eight millions forms.

Further in a purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.1.10, it is stated:

Karmaṇā daiva-netreṇa: (SB 3.31.1) according to the karma of the living entity, a body is prepared under the Supreme Lord's supervision. Whether the body is of sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa or tamo-guṇa, everything is done by the direction of the Supreme Lord through the agency of the external energy (pṛthak sva-māyayā).

So, just by quantifying human population we can't claim that new souls got added up here with new karma. The conservation is amongst all living species. There are innumerous insects, reptiles, etc.

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