Questions tagged [karma]

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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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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Can one marry more than one women now (in the modern times)?

Therefore, there are several wives for one man, but not several husbands for a woman simultaneously - Aitareya Brahmana III. 3. So this verse supports polygamy. Can someone now marry more than one ...
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What happens after death according to Adavita Vedanta?

According to Advaita Vedanta, the true Self is the immortal soul, which is never born and never dies. Then how does the law of Karma apply to this philosphy? What will happen to a person who has lived ...
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Why many good people suffer during death? [duplicate]

Lord jesus, pitamah bhisma (mahapurush), our freedom fighters, army officers, many leaders in the history, many warrior in the past war, ........ - had death by tremendous suffering. NOW, the ...
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Are all the things people do already declared by Brahma Bhagwan [duplicate]

So my question is that some people says that everything you do is written in your hastharekha by Brahma. So if everything we do is written by Brahma Bhagwan then why there is Swarga and Naraka? I ...
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What's the story of Shravan Kumar's parents?

As discussed in this QnA, the name "Shravana Kumara" (श्रवणकुमार), as is genrally captured in our popular imagination, is not actually found in the Valmiki Ramayana based recensions. The old ...
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Which is the lowest birth possible?

There are many lower birth like dog, pig, and etc. So which is the lowest birth possible. And what kind of a crime do I have to commit to attain such birth.
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What will happen to the person who disrespect others' beliefs (other religions)?

When a hindu disrespect or hurt the religious sentiments of a person that belongs to other religions (like Islam or Christianity) will he/she get bad karma? And is the punishment for this same as ...
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Is life predestined or on the freewill? [duplicate]

If someone is in hard times, should he has to think that these problems are because of his past karmas for which he has to suffer or he should make an effort in order to get off of such situation? If ...
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Is it true that whatever happens to us is due to karma and karma only? [duplicate]

Whatever good or bad happens to us is due to our own karma only, Or there is a another think in play ?
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

There are several incidents in scriptures where God/nature helps immediately in case of any danger or panic situation if one prays for help. I can provide three such examples from Mahabharata: #1: ...
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How anything will be decided as because of bad karma or good karma?

Assume there are two persons and both are destined to loss their money and should become beggers. One of them has weak mentality and he was not able to bear and he became sad and is completely ...
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Do the Vedas mention karma [duplicate]

Do the Vedas talk about karma(cause and effect). There are several verses in gita about it.
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What is god's logic? Is karma real?

How God decide who should die first or later. If karma is real then why don't bad people die first, shouldn't bad things only happen to bad people. But it's not the case, why some good people die ...
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How do you use karma to explain the Holocaust? [duplicate]

I am able to accept that karma from past lives creates circumstances in our current life. Over the course 1000 lives, I may have done some good and bad. and a combination of that has put me in this ...
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The ambiguous nature of swadharma in the Gita

In the Gita, Krishna says to Arjuna to fulfil his dharma of Kshatriya by fighting to establish dharma and order in the world. What would Krishna have told an soldier in Duryodhanas side, to disobey ...
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Is karma action based or intention based? [duplicate]

Karma is a universal. So is karma intention based or action based. Example : if I pushed someone because I wanted to hurt him but it endup saving his life. Will I get good karma for saying his life or ...
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what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and karma yoga?

what is the difference between Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga? I know that both paths are almost the same, I mean both motives are the way to salvation I want to know what is the major difference between ...
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How does God undo destiny when one surrenders?

Whether it is the Gita or saints like Ramakrishna, Shirdi Sai Baba and Ramana Maharshi, surrender is described as the ultimate means of undoing or coping with destiny. My question is, how does God ...
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Can you get rid of bad karma by self harm?

If someone is inflicting pain on himself because he wants to get rid of bad karma, will he be able to get rid of bad karma like this? And is there any way to get rid of bad karma other than suffering ...
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Need explanation on Ramana Maharshi's advice on surrendering to conquer destiny

Question for the quote as below: How will surrender help one conquer destiny? I am new to Maharshi's teachings. *Quoted as below: Khanna: Is there destiny? And if what is destined to happen will ...
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Is it possible to take birth in a different species(i.e supernatural beings)

Atharva Veda 12.1.50. Ye gandharvA apasarso ye chArAyAh kimidinah, pishAchAn sarvA rakshaushi, tAnasmad bhume yAvaya. Earth, drive away from us, Gandharvas, Apsaras, Arayas, Kimidins, Pishachas and ...
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Clarification on one of Ramana Maharshi's quote is requested

"The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their past deeds - their prarabdha karma. Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try hard how you may. Whatever is ...
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Does Prarabdha karma determine one's spouse?

One's parents are decided by karma. But what about one's spouse? Is this also predetermined by Prarabdha? The suggested question does not answer my question. Mine is specific to spouse. Is one's ...
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If karma is real then can the victim of a crime also be partially blamed? [closed]

Please don't get offended The law of karma is like cause and effect. So what ever we do we will get it Consequences(good or bad). So can this justify crime(rape/murder) because the victim did ...
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Is court marriage without saptapadi valid according to scriptures?

Now a days court marriages are also popular. Many learned people like to marry in court without much expense etc. What is the status of this marriage? Prohibited? Kalyug practice? Saptapadi is also a ...
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What does सत्यमेव जयते mean?

In Hinduism we say सत्यमेव जयते. What does it mean? By simple translation it means that truth always wins, but I find many contradictions with this meaning. If truth always wins why are innocent ...
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If I broke a promise that I made to Bhagwan - specifying the consequence of me breaking it, what can be done? [duplicate]

I made a promise to Bhagwan that I would not effuse semen for a month, and if I did, I asked Him to throw me in naraka or make me go through animal reincarnation (8.4 million times). I broke it. Also, ...
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Can Lila played by Gods interact and be causative of the reincarnation conditions?

Karma, rebirth, geographical place Lila is an integrant part of these conditions or those all depends by the past births of each individuals?
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How geographical birth is influenced by karma? [closed]

Thank you to the answerers to another question which I will link below. I want to point out that I do not believe in original sin but I believe in karma. What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to ...
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Is Rearing and selling fish for meat a sin?

I want to start a fish Rearing business. I understand that meat is tamasic and eating it effects the guna of human body. But isn't the soul same in case of whether if it is an animal or a plant. How ...
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Is it possible to live like in Krita Yuga [Satya Yuga] for an individual, despite being in Kali Yuga?

Being inspired by this very extensive answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/9205/22667 to a question about Yugas, I would like to know if, applying all the human efforts and energies to sadhana ...
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Is it true that Jivan Mukta has capability to nullify his/her karma?

I am asking the question for all sects that do believe in Jivan Muktha especially Advaita. According to Advaita, a jivan muktha is also a Brahman. So, it is clear that she can nullify her karma. Am I ...
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Do Karma Kshyam (nullification of karma) happens in all avasthas?

Afaik, there are at least five states for humans. They are Jagarth (wakeful), Swapna (dream), Shushupti (deep sleep), turiya, and thuriyatheetha. I know that Karma Kshyam happens in both Jagrath and ...
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What is karma as described in the Upanishads and in Mahabharata?

To my understanding karma is what you get when you don't do dharma. I want to understand this with the example of Krishna, the very embodiment of dharma. What did he do to get such seemingly bad karma,...
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Do Vedas have these concepts?

Karma,Maya,Atman,Brahman,Moksha,Reincarnation and Indriya Nigraha(Sence Control) are they present in Vedic Samhitas?(Not Upanishads only Samhitas)
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isn't karma superior than Supreme God (Para Brahman)?

Okay first I googled who is Supreme God in Hinduism and on wikipedia I found this. Para Brahman (not to be confused with Brahma) is supreme God of hinduism. Most Hindus worship one Supreme Being, ...
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Sections of scriptures which deal with Bearing the Physical Pain

What sections of scriptures deal with Bearing the Physical Pain because of disease, old age or accident? What kind of discourse is given regarding the physical pain? Any lead would be fine, One can ...
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With respect to the concept of Advaita, why is there separate Karma for different people?

According to the concept of Advaita, we say that 'Turiya', the supreme observer illuminates all the 3 forms the waker, dreamer, and deep sleep form of a human being. And also that every living being ...
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The population of the world has been ever increasing. What about the karma of this added population? [duplicate]

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?
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When Devi Bhagavatam says Gods as doers of karma and that they are sinners, how they can remove my sin?

According to the following chapters of Devi Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu and lord Rudra are doers of karma and thus sinners. • Devi bhagavatam: 4 book: 2 chapter: 8-9 • Devi bhagavatam: 6 ...
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Why do sinful people get punished by God if they are puppeted by the Lord?

Why do the evil-doers get continuously hurled into demoniac wombs by the Lord without ever attaining God, if they are puppeted by the Lord who resides in their hearts? Key points: It is God who ...

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