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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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Is Knowledge superior to karma?

In chapter 3 of Bhagvat Geeta, Krishna says knowledge is more important than karma. I could not understand that. Can someone please explain me this?
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Repudiation of Karmic carry-forward

Are there schools or sects of Hinduism that believe the span of Karmic accounting does not exceed one lifetime and reject the notion of Karmic debt/credit being carried forward into the next life?
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I made a vow to myself that I would not masturbate in a hurry [duplicate]

I realised later on that masturbation once a day is fine Will I get negative karma if I decide to masturbate I made that vow in a hurry
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What are all the scriptural basis for Results of Karma?

In other words, on what ‘basis’ the result for your actions are determined. I have seen very many references to how we should live our life so we accumulate Good Karma etc. in Vedic and non- Vedic ...
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Do rituals require faith to be successful?

According to Adi Shankaracharya, Vedas consist of three parts- Karma kand (rituals like yajna, nitya karma etc.) Upasana kand (praying to devas etc.) Bramha vidya (denunciation of world, sameness of ...
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When you achieve Advaitic realization are you freed of all Karma?

from observing known realized souls like Ramakrishna - they are not in Samadhi all the time. Do they incur fresh Karma after realization until Mahasamadhi?
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HOW can morality be a part of karma when societal rules change from culture to culture?

Within sanatan dharma we consider karma to be universal ... but there are differences in the social rules between differing cultures on our planet. So how can this description of karma be accurate? I ...
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Is the story of Parashurama detecting Karna's non-Brahminhood from his tolerance for pain in the Mahabharata?

The story goes that Parashurama was sleeping with his head on Karna's lap. An insect started stinging Karna's thigh until blood was flowing and he bore the pain silently because he didn't want to ...
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Does a person who is very good in karma, had to survive very less on this mrityuloka (earth)?

It is believed that people take birth on this earth to attain moksha (which is the last goal) of a jivatma, so if a person who has good karma has to live very less years (or suffer) on this earth ...
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Is online piracy (downloading books/videos/etc) considered as stealing in Hinduism? [closed]

Context: Online piracy means downloading of books/games/movies/courses which might be available for sale at some non-zero price. Hinduism has strict rules against stealing. But is online piracy ...
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Looking for source for law of karma [duplicate]

I have heard since childhood that one always has to pay for his paap or punya karma even when no one is watching. Therefore one should be good to every creature even though it cannot harm us. My ...
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Is there any God who doesn’t regard law of karma as fundamental aspect of Universe? [closed]

Law of karma is fundamental to life as is elucidated by Lord Krishna in Bhagwat Gita. However I think there are Gods who do not regard law of karma as fundamental aspect of Universe. Mostly they are ...
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Does fate act in such a detailed and planned manner [closed]

Something really unbelievable / unexpected happened to me recently - I was about to get a new job and move to a new company. Within no time I lost both my current job and my new job. When I think ...
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Which one is more dominating - freewill or karma?

I am little confused here, out of the two entities - freewill and karma which one is more dominating in deciding the future course of action for a person? Reason am confused is because in every ...
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what is Luck in hinduism?

I was randomly playing a video in youtube.The person said luck counts as a quality.I thought it is indeed so curious to know what is luck in hinduism.Is it result of previous karma?
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Are our actions outcome of mind & body or of soul?

I would like to understand this thing from our scriptures point of view: Are our actions outcome of our mind & body or of soul (atma)? Please cite authentic references with your answers.
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Question related to karma and rebirth

A Christian once asked me this question when I was explaining him about karma and rebirth philosophy in Hinduism. I told him that if anything happens in anybody's life, it is the result of their karma ...
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Why had the first humans on earth suffered, if they did not do any bad karma from previous lives?

Karma and reincarnation teaches that everyone suffer or born according to their past karma or karma of previous birth. The first humans did not have births earlier. Then what was the karma of first ...
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If everything happens as per one's past karma, then why we decry Islamic invasions of India and resulting plunder of our heritage? [closed]

There's a lot of angst and regret over what happened in last thousand years, but considering that India is country which gave karma principle to world, so why say "something bad happened to us." We ...
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Does an astrologer get karma by reading someone's horoscope and suggesting remedies?

I have heard this from an astrologer that they get negative karma by reading horoscopes and suggesting remedies because they help in delaying the results of bad karma for a person. Have you heard of ...
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Is there any statement that bhakti destroys karma?

The Bhagavad Gita 4.37 directly and explicitly says that jnAna or knowledge destroys all karmas. मूल श्लोकः - यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन। ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते ...
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Does Bhagvad Gita 8.5 and 8.6 say that karma can be overcome at time of death?

This is what BG 8.5 and 8.6 say Bhagavad Gita 8.5 Those who relinquish the body while remembering Me at the moment of death will come to Me. There is certainly no doubt about this. Bhagavad ...
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Was Rama sinful?

Valmiki Ramayana Aranyakanda 63:4 I might have definitely, habitually, and desirably committed damnable deeds in my previous births, and now the result of those impious deeds is very much ripened ...
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Does punishment on earth ensure no negative karma is built? [duplicate]

Let's say I end up stealing for which I am punished upto 6 months in prison. Is it safe to assume that I won't be building any negative karma because I have suffered for my actions ? Or should I go ...
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Is Atma affected by karma?

Ok first I am a Muslim and I don't get why God creates poor people and rich people, and why that kind of inequality needs to exist. That is why I am here, I know that I am not the body "I am I". I ...
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Is it possible to do bad deeds without sense of doership?

So I think I get more or less the importance of doing good deeds without attaching sense of doership - you don't accumulate karma, ego is controlled etc. But what about bad deeds. What do scriptures ...
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What are Yakshas and Yakshinis? Are they spiritually advanced astral beings? Are they powerful than humans? [duplicate]

I read over internet that Yakshas and Yakshinis if worshipped can bestow almost all material comforts upon you. Is it true? What made them so powerful? Were they spiritual in their Human lives? What ...
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Pre-buddhism references to the Karmic cycle in Vedas/Upanishads [duplicate]

Do any clear-cut references to the Karmic cycle exist in Hindu scriptures from before the Buddha's time?
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Can jivan mukta continue his/her own profession?

Suppose a person is doing a job (say farmer or acharya/professor etc.,). If (s)he becomes jivan mukta by sadhana then is (s)he bound to do his karmic activity as usual or has to leave the profession ...
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Who controls or rules my life / our lives as in all human beings ? Is it GOD or Astrological Janam Kundali or my efforts / karma?

While posting this, I got this connected post. So I understood things related to kriyamana karma & prarabdha karma when it comes to karma, but the main question I still have in my mind is, 1) "...
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Making a daily checklist for vedanta karma and upasana yoga requirements [closed]

I have tried to develop a daily checklist based on my role as a sannyasa and a jnana marga to moksa. Please assist me if you find something I am lacking to progress from a mumuksu to a jijnasu. - deva ...
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What is karma's relationship with Gunas?

Let's say there are two individuals A and B both destined to lose a loved one at a given point in life due to past life Karma. Now both can feel differently post this event. A can feel sad, dejected ...
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Does intent matter when it comes to Karma?

I can't understand the role intent has to play when it comes to Karma. Let's just say I am giving to charity (in line with the norms laid down). But I know at the back of my mind that I am doing ...
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History of the 12 laws of karma

The twelve laws are: The Great Law: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” The Law of Creation: “What we desire comes through participation.” The Law of Humility: “Refusal to accept what is will still be ...
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Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma?

Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma? People who do evil actions do so because they get evil thoughts and desires. Why do they think these evil thoughts and desires? What do the ...
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Effect of the three Gunas on Rebirth and Karma

Can someone explain this with examples As far as i understand, a person responds to a situation as per their guna. But are situations too tailored to the match a person's guna? My question is not ...
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Critics on Karma

According to wikipedia ref here ...The philosophy of karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Indian religions (particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and ...
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What is the necessity for a karmic loop?

My understanding is that prarabdha karma affects the current janma, and the current janma's positive and negative karma cumulatively gets added to that prarabdha and the cycle continues ad infinitum, ...
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Can somebody be happy?

Nobody in the world is absolutely happy. If a person does bad karma in previous life/this life, the person is punished. If this is not the case, god is happy with the person. But in many stories (like ...
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Should we restrict drunk people to enter the temple? [closed]

I am asking this question because this incident has happened to me. Actually, I have restricted one of my friends to enter the temple because he has taken the drink outside the Bherunath mandir ...
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Why Bheeshma being an Avatara of Ashtavasu and pious with his karma had to die in a tragic way? [duplicate]

Bheeshma being an Avatara died in a tragic way. He had to sleep on an arrow bed till death. Why this happened? What karma succumbed him to death in such a horrific way? Is there any reason provided ...
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Do entire countries suffer punishment for their sins?

The Hindu religion says that individual people suffer for their sins and get rewarded for their merits. My question is, do groups of people, like entire countries, suffer punishment for their sins? ...
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Is Karma done in swarga valid?

As per Hinduism we have 6 lokas above us Bhuloka (Earth): Bhuvar Loka Swarga Loka Mahar Loka Jana Loka Tapa Loka Satya Loka There is wide spread belief that those who reach Swarga Loka will return. ...
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Where are Karmas stored?

Are the Karmas stored in our minds or are they stored somewhere remote? Are Karmas relative or are they absolute? (In the sense, is good Karma or bad Karma defined?)
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Proper response when we pray, but outcomes are negative?

What is the proper response/behavior of someone who prays with fervor, but for whom outcomes are negative? For example: Praying for someone else’s good health. Praying success in life events. Let’s ...
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When can karmaphal transfers from one person to another person?

Can karma phala transfers from one person to another person. Some acupuncture doctors are saying that they getting pain on the particular area after treating patient. Eg.If patient has leg pain doctor ...
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Will other family member be punished for the sins of another family member

I have read that parent's sins affect their children also, but my question is different/opposite, which is- Is the punishment of any individual's sin will be carried by that individual only or his/her ...
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Can one learn the Upanishads (Jnana Kanda) without learning Karma Kanda of Vedas?

Can a person learn Jnana Kanda of Vedas without learning the Karma Kanda? Is there any rule like one should learn the Samhithas and Brahmanas first, then only he can proceed to Jnana kanda?
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Do these Garuda Purana verses say that Karma is supreme and acts on all?

I came across interesting verses in Garuda purana verses (1.113.14-16) Bhima, Arjuna and others were born as princes, they were pleasing and delightful like the moon; they were valorous, ...
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Is work worship?

There is a quote "Work is worship" Working for our goals or just working is it worship to god? What does this quote actually mean. Can loving our work lead to god? I really LOVE my work.

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