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Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म ) means action, work or deed. Karma refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.

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Does enlightenment (moksha) imply the dissolution of "bad" karma?

For example, Krishna was definarely a liberated being at the very least, and even in his own teaching to Aryuna he said that one who reaches that state crosses over to the side beyond sin, ad misdeads....
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Can a country have good or bad fate? What decides it?

We know that persons or individual entities have fate, but some countries and their citizens like US, UK, Russia etc enjoy their lives and some countries like Afganisthan, Iraq etc are facing bad fate....
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How to ask God for forgiveness?

I am a student, and I broke a vow to God. I am sorry for what I did. And now I want to ask God for forgiveness. How can I convince God to forgive me? This may sound like a personal advice, however I ...
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If a kshatriya does work of brahmin or say sudra will that be called karma yoga?

Is it compulsory to do kartavya karma to constitute as a karmayoga? If a kshatriya does karma of brahmin will still it be called karma yoga?
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What is prayopavesa?

I would like to know what our scriptures say about prayopavesa. If deciding to end one’s life is wrong, why is it prescribed in our scriptures?
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What happens to our Philosophies if "Karma" is rejected?

What Happens to our philosophy if the concept of "Karma" is rejected? What will be its effect on ADvaita, Visistadvaita, Dvaita, Bheda-Abheda? What will be its effect on Nyaya, Yoga, Sankhya?...
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Is it not unfair for humanity to suffer based upon your past life karma which you aren’t aware of

I just feel its really unfair if life doesn’t give a chance for a human being to redeem his/her past life bad karma. If our past life bad karma can’t be escaped, at least shouldn’t we know what were ...
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Whose happines matters more ours or of others?

Should we sacrifice our happiness and be sad for others happiness or sacrifice their happiness to make our self happy?
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Is the concept of “grace” present in Hinduism?

The importance of Karma and its consequences is well known,by which things that happen to an individual can be attributed to his past karma. (Even in the famous hymn “Enna thavam..” the hymn‘a answer ...
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When, How and Why soul take entry first time into cycle of birth and death? [duplicate]

It's usual to say that we take birth by birth into different species based on our Karm and desires until one gets Moksha. After Moksha one will not take any more births. This makes us think When, Why ...
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Why should we help people?

If the goal for everyone is to go beyond worldly happiness and sadness, and sadness can help nudge people towards vairagya why should we help people materially?
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Usual Good Muhurtas to start new financial investment or business

Namaskar, I have on and off heard multiple times about right times or auspicious times around the year to start a new task or work. Would it be possible for you to list down at least few of such ...
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What kind of work elevates you to Dharmic Life?

"Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to Dharmic life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not ...
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If everyone in the world suffers because of his/her past karma, then why should someone raise hands against injustice? [duplicate]

According to the theory of karma, all our suffering and happiness is because of our past karma. If that is so, then why should someone, according to Bhagwan Krishna, raise hands against injustice and ...
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Why did Ramakrishna go against the Vedas?

The notion that all paths lead to the same destination is quite a new development in Hinduism. Ancient Acharyas belonging to different sects never claimed so. On the contrary, they debated a lot to ...
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Is doing a good deed conscious of the resulting karmic reaction, bad?

If one wants to do some good deeds like feeding stray dogs,and he/she is consciously well aware that they are accumulating good karma based on the karmic law, Does the deed count as good karma?
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Can we Sense our Prarabdha?

Normal persons have no power to sense events before their birth and some are not even aware of their own conscience. When a painful hardship befalls to a person how ( by what means ) to determine if ...
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Is anyone exempt from law of karma?

Does the law of karma applies to the millions of gods and goddesses and avatars?
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When one cannot escape one's prarabdha karma, why do some stotras say that they can clean up the sins of the last 7 births

Recently I have come across a few stotras with phalasruthi saying that these stotras can cleanse the past life sins. I'm citing Dwadasa jyotirlinga stotra as an example. एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं ...
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

According to yoga Vashishtha, can past life karma be trumped by present life good deeds? In this world whatever is gained is gained only by self-effort; where failure is encountered, it is seen that ...
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How was the karma decided in our first birth?

I meant the fruits we get in this birth are due to the actions of past births but what I don't understand is how our fruits(good and bad happening) were decided in the first birth because it was our ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Giving Daan from money earned through Trading in Stock Market?

I am currently trading in Stock Market Options. Its a sort of gambling where I earn small money through my predictions. As u know its legal as per my country law and am not hurting any one ...
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What is the meaning of Prabala Prarabdha Karma?

What is Prabala Prarabdha karma? Please give examples of Prabala Prarabdha.
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Is there any explicit concept of working hours in scriptures?

In the current society, every one has a profession which provides her money and resources for survival. For a person having enough amount of money or other resources may consider the profession for ...
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Are there any documented methods to reduce the impact of prarabdha karma?

I want to know if there are any methods or any specific rituals prescribed for the nullification or reducing the effects of prarabdha karma?
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What is karma? Why god tell to perform duties?

We all know Lord Krishna told Arjuna that "कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥" Perform your actions but do not have any expectation of the ...
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Ideal motive behind action?

Here is what Gita says about the requirement for Samnyasa. Abandonment of all desire-prompted actions is Samnyasa (renunciation) according to the wise. Men of discernment speak of the abandonment of ...
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Is a Yogi free from the fruits of his actions(good or bad)?If so,why?

I want to know whether a yogi/self realized person is free from his actions? Is this mentioned in the Gita? Does this mean that he can do whatever he wants and not be accountable?
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Relationship between Prarabdha Karma and Sookshma or Linga Shareera

I have heard from contemporary spiritualists that Karma is actually stored in one's body, in different layers. There are three types of Karma Prarabdha Karma Sanchita Karma Agami Karma Now leaving ...
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Who is God of relationship?

खलसहवासं विघटय सतामेव सङ्गमनिशं भो । सांब सदाशिव शंभो शङ्कर शरणं मे तव चरणयुगम ॥ १७॥ Oh Lord break my relation with evil people and always make me in company of good people Oh Samba , ...
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Does karma kshyam (nullification of karma) happen for pisachas?

It is well known that karma kshayam happens for humans and other species. There are some states to be experienced by sinners other than the living species listed above. It includes pisacha state. I ...
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Explain Karmanye

I have heard the verse from Bhagavad Gita that says Karmanye....... Which ask Arjuna to fight,without thinking about the consequences of it,as he has no right to its fruits,and that one should not ...
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Do Karma of others benefit/impact us (atma)?

It is very discussed that Karma of this life carried to next life. My question is whether Karma of someone else impacts us? People say "it's due parents punya/papa". Vyasa also says, for ...
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Do the karma continue to affect one's life even after death?

There are many people from the past who are remembered till this day. Like adi shankara, Netwon, Albert Einstein, Jesus and other great people. We respect them even after there death. So, is this ...
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What do the terms, "Sanchit Karma" and "Prarabdha", mean?

Pls explain. I don't know the meanings of these terms.
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Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? [duplicate]

I would like to understand the point of view of our scriptures on this topic : Is marriage an act of free will or an act of destiny? If we consider swayamvar of Rama and Sita, it definitely qualifies ...
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Is there a solution to stop suffering?

Does Hinduism provide a solution to stop suffering due to past life karmas? As suicide is not an option according to Garuda Purana, is there another way? What does a man to do according to scriptures ...
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Is there a way in Hinduism to get blessed with something that is not in one's destiny?

For example, if one is destined to be childless, can he/she still have a child? Or if one is destined to be poor, can he/she become wealthy? If there is a way / solution to be blessed with something ...
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Is it a sin to be unproductive in Hinduism?

I know that doing Karm and hard work is the only source to the fruit. But does wasting time and not doing Karm is a sin? (wasting time by indulging in materialistic pleasures such as playing video ...
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Isn't life according to Sanatana Dharma, the fruit of Sin and thus an endless sea of sorrow & suffering?

By the doctrine of KARMA that happens to be inseparable from the Vedic Sanatana dharma, good deeds lead to good life in the next life (after rebirth) while bad deeds lead to bad life in the next birth....
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How to invoke apad-dharma when unable to do nityakarma?

What are the exact steps to be followed ? And when one feels that things are back to normal then what are the steps to resume?
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Do all Hindu sects believe that planets and eclipses affect day-to-day lives of humans and other lifeforms on Earth?

A user of this site recently made this sweeping remark: Statement 1: Ancient Indians imagined some design patterns in sky which purportedly affect people on Earth. Statement 1 can't be supported ...
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What are the hindu views about destiny, and karma [duplicate]

I am wondering about the idea of 'destiny', if such a concept exists within hinduism, and how then one can accept the idea of karma and reincarnation based on karma, when desinty implies your life is ...
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Does free will really exist?

The thing which is the basis of my question is law of karma. Like, if one do good karmas, he gets his next birth at better place. While, the one who does the opposite gets his birth at worse place. ...
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Is it possible to cure diseases by accumulating good karma?

Everything that happens to us is due to good or bad karma. If we hurt people we will get bad karma and we might suffer due to it. So if someone got a disease(for example cancer) she might have done ...
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Is there any relationship between fasting and karma?

I am eager to know and understand whether or not there is any sort of relationship between fasting(either food or water) and karma? Does any scripture clearly states that fasting helps in eliminating/...
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What if i do pee in the temple? [closed]

According to hindu scripures one has to suffer for their bad karma . When i was a child i did pee in a temple by mistake , what will happen to me , will god punish me for this. What should i do ? The ...
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What is karma, Is it physical?

See I am not asking about the law of karma. But karma it self. There is an Indian philosophy that think the karma is atoms(or like it) . So what about Hinduism. Do karma physically exist. Is karma ...
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Is there any verse that talks about bad human births?

Now after having suffered the torments inflicted in the hells, the evil-doers pass into animal bodies. 2. Criminals in the highest degree enter the bodies of all plants successively. 3. Mortal sinners ...

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