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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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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Is selfness concept in Gita is aplicable in Kaliyug ? Yes/No

In Gita its said that u should become selflessness and statement is given below “Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires” ― Bhagavad Gita I ...
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Applied Karma Question

From a WhatsApp message, "A dharma adhering king conducted a Yagna. A big feast was prepared. At the end of the Yagna offerings were made to the Lord Yagna Narayana( who is sacrifice himself) and ...
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How to categorise intent with respect to deeds and karma? [duplicate]

Imagine this. Person 1 helps out Person 2 on the premise that this deed will accrue "good karma". A son helps family out only for good karma and not for sentiment, belonging, or gratitude. A ...
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What is the beginning of anadi karma?

Namaskaram, It is said that we are in samsara due to anadi karma. If anadi karma has an end, i.e. moksha, that means that is has to have a beginning too. What was the first incident that put jiva in ...
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How can I make my work devotional? [closed]

according to karma yoga I must do all work for krsna. my problem is that I have lots of physical pain because of which I cannot perform my daily work. physical pains in muscles prevent me from ...
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Does the story of Madhavrao Peshva contradict the BhavaghadGita? [duplicate]

I would like to hear ideas on whether the story of Madhavrao Peshva (a brahmin-born who performed the duty of a warrior) contradicts the Gita's teaching that one should perform their own duty (and ...
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Confusion with duty ethics as instructed by Lord Krishna

I am very much confused by the karma rule, it is said that "If you are doing your duty, you won't get any sin", but how can a terrorist, a smuggler, a rapist doing all negative activities, ...
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What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind pandemics?

I am thinking if the Corona pandemic we are suffering is the result of similar and collective bad Karma of almost all we people on earth. What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind ...
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If the sins due to bad past life karmas are removed or destroyed by extreme devotion in this life, will the devotee still suffer?

The Agastya Nadi Jyotish revealed some of the sins I had made because of the bad karma I did in last life. I am a devotee and I chant GuruMantra everyday for an hour. Will it help me(people like me) ...
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How does law of karma work?

If I do seriously bad karma against other guy, I will obtain result of it. But my question is what will happen to other guy why should he suffer from me. Had he done previously bad karma so is he ...
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Do inevitable prarabdhas exist?

Prarabdha is a type of Karma that a living organism undergoes during its life time. Many scriptures suggests that prarabhas that affects human negatively (leading to bad experiences) can be avoided or ...
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What can be called a sin? [duplicate]

What type of action can be considered sin, is the action irrelevant but the motive? What if the action and motive are not good but it has no direct adverse effect on anyone. Like if a person gains ...
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transfer of karmafal

Are there any slokas from any scriptures that depict the transfer of karmafaal(result of someone's deeds). I'll give you a scenerio. Suppose a person earns his living by doing something, yet he makes ...
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Cycle of births and deaths

Where is the first historical reference of the cycle of existence, according to the scriptures ?
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Is Karma transferable from one person to another according to śruti (Vedas, Upaniṣads, etc.)?

The Mahābhārata narrates the story of King Somaka and his chief priest who conduct a human sacrifice but only the priest is seen spending time in hell for his actions. And as the conversation between ...
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Why do we have to wait till next life to reap what we sow?

I wonder if there are any scriptural references or slokas that tell us why the fruits of our actions are faced by us in our next life as any jiva or as a human, and why not in this life itself?
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clearing past life karmas with people [duplicate]

What are the ways to clear past life karmas with parents & other people? How to forgive people & accept them regardless of your suffering? I'm wanting to know the tangible ways of working ...
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Who are not included in Paap or Punya system? [duplicate]

The Paap and Puniya system is applicable to human beings because we have the power of reasoning. So does that mean that who doesn't have power of reasoning are not judged in this system? For example -...
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Do mentally ill people get karmaphala?

Is thinking that the body is the self a form of mental illness/disorder ? If a Psychopath(alex) killed people but in his mind he thought that he actually helped the victims from some mysterious ...
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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How Can An Animal Accumulate Karma?

If we take into consideration the behavior of certain animals whose intelligence and perception are radically different from our human perspective (e.g. a flatworm , a jellyfish or even an Amoeba) ...
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How is the law of karma valid when so many people from wealthy houses are unethical but to be born in those houses requires good karma?

Growing up in school I would see bullies. Many of these bullies would be spoiled kids of rich parents. In fact, I've seen this trend where the more rich and affluent a family the more spoiled and ...
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By killing mosquito/bedbugs take us to hell? [duplicate]

Some castes don't consume meat because of some religious traditions and practices. But knowingly or unknowingly we all have killed insects. For example, even microorganisms that enables curd from ...
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What is the origin of Nishkama Karma (selfless action)?

I am interested to know where in the Vedas or Upanishad is the philosophy of Nishkama Karma i.e., giving up fruits of actions, mentioned? What is the origin of Karma Yoga as we know in the Gita?
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Help regarding translation of a text from Padma Purana 7.3.47b-51

The following quote is from Padma Purana, Kriyāyogasāra-Khaṇḍa, Chapter 3 - The Story of King Manobhadra, verses 47b-51: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-padma-purana/d/doc365844.html ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

We know bad actions result in bad reactions. If a parent beats his kid for his studies, will he accumulate bad karma? If not, then, if the parent locks him in the house, don't let him play, don't ...
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Can one postpone karma effect?

We know that noone can escape karma, but if someone does puja to have a result in his favor, then what will happen to result, will that be changed in his favor even he was supposed to get bad. When ...
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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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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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