My question is related to accumulation of karma in different aspects and situations.

  1. If I stop myself from doing bad karma then is it treated as good karma?

    E.g., If there's an urge in me to tease anyone, but I know he's going to get hurt by my words, so if I stop myself from doing such a thing, then is it considered good karma? (because I stopped doing something bad)

  2. Is the fruit of good karma in direct proportion to time?

    E.g., If a person continuously does good karma from today (15th Sep 2015). But he's still not finding any good fruit in his life till 15th Sep 2016 (after one year) maybe because of his previous bad karmas. After this lets say he starts getting results of his good karma.

    Then in this particular case, is it that he should have immediately got the X units of good result on 15th Sep 2015 (the day he did a good karma) but he didn't and had to wait for an year, he's going to get 2X results when he finally enjoys the results of good karma?

    I ask this because I heard that nature gives double or triple returns of whatever we do, whether it's good or bad.

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Yes, if you stop yourself from doing bad karma that is good karma. But good karma is not only in action but also in thought. If you stop the bad action but your mind still dwells on doing the bad action, then some bad karma still results from that, not as much as if you had done the bad action, but still some bad karma results.

Karma is not related to time; the karma produced is related to the actions involved, not time.

Karma can fructify in the future - there is no time limit on it. Perhaps some bad karma you do today does not come back to you for 3, 4, or 5 lifetimes. Other bad karma you do may result in the karma coming back right away. Perhaps ALL the karma of the present life is based on actions from a prior birth and no matter what you do in this life, that karma cannot be avoided. Only the Lord and your guru will know.

Krishna says in the Gita (2.47):

Your right is for action alone, never for the results. Do not become the agent of the results of action. May you not have any inclination for inaction.

Krishna is telling Arjuna to do his actions (dharmaic actions as prescribed in scriptures) in the world and not to hanker for their results, whether good or bad. Offer your actions up to the Lord and the Lord will take care of all good and bad karma. And in verse 2.49, the Lord says:

O Dhananjaya, indeed, action is quite inferior to the yoga of wisdom. Take resort to wisdom. Those who thirst for rewards are pitiable.

And in Chapter 18 Krishna says:

Verse 11. Since it is not possible for one who holds on to a body to give up actions entirely, therefore he, on the other hand, who renounces results of actions is called a man of renunciation.

Verse 47. One's own duty, (though) defective, is superior to another's duty well performed. By performing a duty as dictated by one's own nature, one does not incur sin.

Verse 48. O son of Kunti, one should not give up the duty to which one is born, even though it be faulty. For all undertakings are surrounded with evil, as fire with smoke.

As Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said, we are here to eat the mangoes in the orchard, not to count them. Do your duties (duties as prescribed by Dharma), offer the results up to the Lord, and do not worry about the results.


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