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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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Types of karma - stable/unstable?

I came across the terms 'stable' and 'unstable karma'. I tried to find the meaning through Google, but without any luck. Can anyone explain their meaning?
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What are the Examples of good karmas according to Hindu scriptures?

The law of karma , according to Hinduism , decides all the fruits of actions we are to receive in our births and lives. So what are the actions that one can perform to develop good karmas in life ...
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How do Advaitins respond to the Vishishtadvaitic argument that attaining the state of Kaivalya does not lead to liberation?

In this Vishishtadvaitc work called Siddhanta sangraha, the author Sri Shailacharya, a Vishishtadvaitin of the Rāmānuja school argues- One who is interested in kaivalya-bhoga is included in amumukṣu ...
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Can brothers who performed separate Maasikas perform Samvatsarika Shraddha Karma together?

Can brothers who performed separate Maasikas perform Samvatsarika Shraddha Karma together? They've perfomed Dina karma together and all rituals during the first ten days.
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Contradiction in scripture about karma

So, we face results of good and bad deeds done by us. But do we also face karma of others like ruler is foolish or a doctor may be idiot. So, I think we don't face karma only of our own. But even ...
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Doesn't the concept of Karma Yoga contradict modern Psychology?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Modern Psychology says that motivation is required to do any action - be it to drink water (thirst is the motivation) or to crack exams (...
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If the hinduism is correct religion then why hindus are not improving their lives?

We know that God is responsible for this world and is driving this world. If the Hindus are following the correct path which leads to connect with God and order him to get what they want, then why the ...
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Can God forgive anyone's sin?

Can God forgive anyone's sin. Or no matter what a person has to bear the fruits of his karma ?
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How would karma work in this case?

Suppose someone speaks some bad thing to you, it breaks your heart, you feel bad, you cry. That someone accumulated bad karma. You remember 2 months later that this person had said it to you. You cry ...
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What kind of karma causes someone to be born with same-sex attractions and the emotional/mental pain that comes with it?

The emotional and mental pain of being a homosexual is because the world is at odds with who you're . You're a misfit and a minority in this world. Straight (" normal" ) peers mock you which ...
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Any way to face consequence of all good and bad deeds in one life?

I have committed many paap/sins (broke promise, insult and abuse, dishonesty) and good deeds like helping people, charity. But good and bad deeds make one to continue material existence. What I want ...
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Is believing or even knowing of the vedic scriptures necessary for a good karma and rebirth?

Is believing or even knowing of the vedic scriptures necessary for a good karma and rebirth (or relieve thereof)? I have seen this What is required for a Westerner who agrees with Advaita Vedanta to ...
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Usage of leather products from cowhide

We use leather products made from cowhide, such as wristwatches, bags, shoes and belts. Now is it that those who are killing the cow, those who are preparing the cowhide and those who are using the ...
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Which is second best life form after human

It is said that the human life is achieved by good deed (karma) and soul has to go through 8.4 million life forms before becoming human. So if suppose God has a point score that any soul that scores ...
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Do we have free will?

Are our actions our own or does Ishwara use humans as mere instruments to carry out certain actions? In other words, do we have a choice or free will, such as using our buddhi to decide what actions ...
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How to guarantee rebirth in a western nation after death?

What karma must one do to achieve rebirth in a western nation?
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mindful action is related to the naive notion of morality and ethics

In the verses up to Verse 2:35, Krishna talks about Atman being inde-structible and seems to be telling Arjuna that, “Go ahead and kill these guys. It is f i ne because you can’t kill the Atman and ...
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Question about karmyog(need guidance)

I want to ask few things how to sacrifice all my karma to shri hari? Is it a mental state , if yes please describe? if problems arises I get a bit tense and anxious , so is being a little anxious and ...
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Nightfall and Janeau

Will I have to change my Janeau after a nightfall? I'm a teenager and you know almost every teen masturbates, I masturbated too but I have controlled it after my upanayanam. It's been 27 days. Whoever ...
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Does kids karma affects their parents?

Someone broke my heart and one week later Some accident happened to his father and his father,is it a karma affecting their family?
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Can majority of Hindus living in deplorable conditions be explained by karmic law?

Majority of Hindus live in india, a third world country with abysmal living conditions, can it be inferred that majority of Hindus are born in india due to their bad deeds(karma ) in past lives? Also ...
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Good karma yields good results. What is role of GOD here?

Good karma yields positive results, while bad karma leads to negative outcomes. Consequently, our experiences are shaped by our karma, prompting curiosity about the role of God in this process. Can a ...
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If death of a person is pre-determined and prarabdh then why is suicide not a part of it?

When a person commits suicide it is seen negatively but death its reason and medium are pre-determined so why is suicide considered free will?
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Does reading mantra/shruti etc. Frees you from all sins as they are mentioned in last of many verses

Being freed from all sins by reading mantras /stutis Or chanting. Is it symbolic or literal?? Verses 'जो सत बार पाठ कर कोई, छूटहि बंदि महासुख होई' Hanuman chalisa 'वासुदेवाश्रयो मत्यों वासुदेवपरायणः । ...
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Simple definition of karma according to Hinduism

I wanted to ask about the simple definition of karma according to Hinduism. In most websites or sources I've come across Karma means Action/Deed, but on one website it says "Karma means only good ...
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According to Vaishnavism, what is a fruitive activity?

I am currently reading Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu by Rupa Gosvami (with commentary by Jiva Gosvami). In it, it has been mentioned that a pure devotee is above fruitive activities such as the varnasrama ...
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Can a lady who was celibate for most of her life be a Brahmacharya?

Is it possible for a lady to be a brahmacharya if she was obliged by family duty to enter a marriage that lasted only a few weeks, after which she remained celibate the rest of her life? In the eyes ...
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Does Hinduism consider animals as well as lower life forms to have a moral compass?

If the law of karma applies to all living things, one would have to infer that lower life forms and animals are endowed with some kind of moral compass. If not, a human being who is evil and is reborn ...
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doubt/question about karma yoga

In continuation of should I be totally involved or non-attached? my second question is killing doing wrong deeds eg. serial killer is karma yogi because he is not thinking about result (psychopaths ...
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If we all have taken different incarnations due to our karma, how can we explain what might have caused our first incarnation

My question is - If we all have taken different incarnations due to our karma, how can we explain what might have caused our first incarnation? If the ultimate goal is to attain moksha/reunite with ...
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Is Karma applicable outside of karmabhumi?

In Skanda Purana Bharat desh has been referred to as Karmabhumi which means place where noble deeds are rewarded. So does it mean karmaphala is not reaped outside of Bharat desha ? If it is reaped ...
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Does a person in a position of power ordering his subordinate to perform a sinful act incur a bigger sin?

For ex if a maharaja or king orders his minister to perform an act, which is called sinful in smritis. Will the king get sinful reaction bigger than minister or equal or only minister will get the sin ...
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Reason for shortened lifespan

If lifespan reflected in birth chart is predetermined due to prarabdha karma as can it be shortened due to any reason like accumulated bad kriyanama karma of this life or faster exhaustion of ...
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What happens if one imparts knowledge where he is not supposed to?

The Manusmriti 2.112 says: धर्मार्थौ यत्र न स्यातां शुश्रूषा वाऽपि तद्विधा । तत्र विद्या न वप्तव्या शुभं बीजमिवौषरे ॥ ११२ ॥ Where merit and wealth are not possible, nor is there an adequate desire to ...
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What does dharma say with respect to destroying an adversary in peril?

It is said that adversities accrue to a person because of his prarabdha karma; whether he be a dharmik or adharmik person. In an enmity between such people, if the adharmik person is affected by his ...
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Where we get punishment/reward for our Karma? [duplicate]

Which Karma we get punishment- . In this life In heaven/hell In next birth Is there any such classification ?
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Uniqueness question : How to identify a Soul as it doesn't have name, body, religion, country etc etc! How to differentiate a soul from another?

What is the id of the soul? How to identify it? As body , mind nothing is permanent how we can define a soul? Ex: How to identify the soul of Karnan? It is said that, karma will follow each births ...
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Karma and afterlife

In abrahmic relegion there's concept of heaven and hell. In buddhism or nastika relegion there is karma. But in Sanatana Dharma there is mention of both so I don't understand what will happen after ...
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Is puja only for going close to God and finally attaining moksha or it can be there for solving real world problem?

I am quite confused because I am seeing different people say different things. Some say Puja isn't for any materialistic gain or solving any life problem. Infact, thistype of puja and bhakts aren't ...
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How to do repentance if he hurt someone? If the person forgives us , do we get rid of the sin?

If we hurt (physically or emotionally) someone , we absorb bad karma in us. How to do repentance for it to get rid of that sin ? Is it best to seek forgiveness from the person directly or should we do ...
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What are the factors that are responsible for our actions?

What exactly compels us to perform evil or immoral deeds? What tempts humans to lead hedonistic lives here on Earth?
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Sankalpam for Avani avittam

Detailed Sankalpam for Avanivavittam this year 2023, at Hiroshima, Japan. Vadagalai, Azhagiyasingar madam.
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Is Karma discussed in the Vedas? [duplicate]

In the Vedas is Karma talked of or discussed? And if it is discussed please put the verses.
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Is there a conflict between free will and samskaras (innate tendencies)?

According to the theory of Karma, we carry our qualities to the next life. There is a famous verse in the Upanishad that as a caterpillar reaches the end of a blade of grass, it curls and collects its ...
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How to explain the conflict between the theory of Karma and hell?

According to Hinduism, souls reincarnate and experience the fruits of their Prarabdha Karma. Bad things happen to people because of their bad karma from previous birth. Then what is the function of ...
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What's the proof that Karma is doing its job?

I am not that much of a religion virtuoso you will excuse my materialistic reasoning plane We keep being told that Karma will catch with you . Good Karma and Bad Karma are awarded appropriately etc ...
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Regarding rebirth of animals and other non humans

The human birth is considered to be an opportunity to realise oneself and attain moksha through punya karmas. Hence only the vedas propound such truths. My question is regarding animals, how could ...
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A philosophical question about karma

A philosophical question about karma My question is based on two common assumptions: Karma is the cause of one’s suffering Any bad karma can be reduced to basically causing harm (In any possible way) ...
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What karma should I do to get blessed with beauty and intellect in my next birth?

I have seen so many people till now who are very miserable because they were born ugly, poor, with less intelligence. And this world is cruel to ugly, poor and dumb people and there is no doubt about ...
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What can we expect from god?

Can we expect help from god? What exactly can we expect because I see some people praying but not all their prayers are getting fulfilled therefore I conclude god doesn't work like that, I see people ...
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