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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 good karma? What is bad karma? Who defines it?

Who defines 'good' or 'bad' karma - like this is bad and this is good? It depends on time or generation? Is there any book, Veda or any other holy book, where it's defined?
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Is love and marriage all part of Destiny?

If a person has marriage written in his/her destiny, does it make sense for that person to make effort and find the right person to marry? Or can the person sit back and let destiny play its role to ...
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A few questions on homosexuality and hinduism

Sorry this is a taboo topic but I have 2 questions What are some examples of bad karma that result in a birth as a homosexual ?It seems that it can only be a bad karma as good karma can't possibly ...
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Is the concept of karma fair or unfair? [closed]

So basically I was wondering if there are any flaws to the concept of karma. For example when we see someone being ill-treated or victimized, do we tell them it is because of wrong-doing on their ...
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Karmic result of a gay man marrying a straight woman fraudulently

What could be the karmic punishment of a gay man who marries woman without telling her that he's gay, but fulfills her sexual and other needs and woman doesn't doubt it? Are there any scriptures that ...
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How to identify a doomed horoscope(Jatakam)

In astrology there are sayings if these planets are placed in these houses then the person has good life, wealth and health but this is the positive side in astrology. In general if there is ...
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How does karma protect everyone?

I have doubt regarding karma. Let me explain my doubt with example. Today a beggar's fate was to get only one rupee but with my freewill I am giving him 4 rupees extra money. What I gave added as ...
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Is sin associated with karma or karma along with thoughts?

There are several tasks (karma's) a human being can do. Does sin is associated with the task that human is performing? or it is associated with the thoughts of the human being, who is performing ...
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Are people really punished for their bad deeds?

In this world people commit many bad deeds in their day to day life. Some on extreme level, but still those people live their life happily. There are many historical examples of such people for ...
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Punishment in garuda-purana

a) If someone is really depressed and want to commit suicide, are there any punishments for this also in garuda-purana? b) Doesn't it means that they have more pain than they could bear so it's not ...
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How do we clear our debts?

As stated in one of the answer here: There is a variation in the thread count of yajñopavītam. Bachelors wear a single thread, married men wear 2, and married men with children wear 3. Each thread ...
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Where in the hindu sacred texts does it say animals do not create new karma?

Where in the hindu texts does it say that animals and the gods do not create new karma but only pay off karma?
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Does Purva Mimamsa believe that the law of Karma is intended to increase faith?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Does Shiva or Vishnu or Trikaladarshi Yogi know our Aagami Karma or our free will?

Aagami Karma is actions we do in this birth. This is generally said to be free will. See this question: Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?. Does Shiva or ...
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“Cows are sacred” & at the same time “It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal” - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Are Advaita and Karma theory completely contradictory?

As per Karma theory, certain events of my current life are the fruits of my actions in one or more earlier births. Whose action's fruits am I facing in this birth? Given that it cannot be my current ...
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Bad Karma and Moksha

Can a person who has done bad karma and not yet received its fruits, still achieve moksha? What do the scriptures say about it?
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Does bad karma done in God's consciousness have consequences?

Does a karma which is considered bad, but is done in God's consciousness have consequences?
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If karma works, why are so many evil or corrupted people successful?

The world have so many evil or corrupted people who are successful. If karma is applicable to people, why do good people have to struggle?
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Is judging a person blindly a sin?

Is judging a person blindly or using poor judgement to judge someone discouraged in Hinduism? Is it a sin? If yes what punishment would be granted for committing such a sin.? EDIT: Blind judgement ...
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Reuniting in After Life for unnatural death

1.Does two suicide soul (two person who committed suicide but not at a same time) can meet in after life? 2.Do soul recognize each other after death? 3.Do they hold any memory of this earthly life? ...
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What happens to the soul when someone commit suicide?

What happens to the soul when one commits suicide? Does the rebirth takes instantly? Do the suicide soul try to make contact with family and friends? Is it true that the suicide soul has to stay ...
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Can forgetfulness be considered as a sin?

Consider a person has forgetfulness as a habit, I.e., forgetting small things or small details regularly. Does it consider as a sin? Is there any incident in scriptures where a person forgets about ...
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Do different castes have different Karmic outcomes for the same action?

The differential treatments of different castes that Manu et al prescribe are for earthly punishments/rewards for earthly actions. Does any scripture says that for the exactly same Papa or Punya, a ...
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Karma for the very first birth [duplicate]

It is explained in the Bhagavad Gita that every life is governed by deeds and actions from past life which is why some people are blessed with a silver spoon in their mouth while some suffer, which ...
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Is there a collective term for all entities that incur Karma?

Certainly humans, and it looks like animals are part of the Karmic progression - like in the Gajendra story. does this list of Karma-bound entities vary by different traditions?
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Does she/he should leave noble/Good works or stop praying God because there is no output in doing noble/good works and praying the God?

Sometimes when you prayed something to God, like please make my life successful, but its doesn't happen even after praying for long time. My question is that does she/he should leave noble/Good ...
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Why do we acquire Karma only in human birth and not in higher births such as Demi gods, etc?

There are tales of Rakshasas (Demi gods) in Mahabharata (Kansa, etc), Ramayana, etc. who committed mass murders. Did they not acquire bad Karmas for what they did?
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Does Atalashanti prakarana of Mandukya Upanishad contradict/demolish karma siddhanta?

The gist of Atalashanti Prakarana of Mandukya upanishad appears to be that cause & effect are constructs of an unrealized mind, and consciousness is unborn/eternal. Several verses in this ...
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Does Vedic karma yield fruit in foreign countries? Will it give adverse results?

Do religious rituals bear effect in other countries like America, UK, mleccha deshas? Do vedic rites like sandhya-vandana, tarpana, shraddha give phala in countries other than India (Bharata varsha / ...
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According to Gita , how can a person do repentance if he/she cannot fulfill the promise (mannat) [duplicate]

I have seen many people make promises to God in return of personal benefits but they eventually forgot. So is there any way to perform repentance for the failure of fulfilling such promises?
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Who records Karma of all living beings?

There are three types of Karma namely Agami Karma, Sanchita Karma and Prarabdha karma. Among these, Agami Karma means our current actions; Sanchita Karma means our actions in the past lives which are ...
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Does Hindu morality come from scripture or is it the other way round?

Background: The question Is the Gadhimai massacre a Hindu ritual? has an answer which says animal sacrifice is against the Hindu principles of ahimsa while the other answer says 'Animal sacrifice is ...
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“Everything is predetermined” - Ramana Maharishi. Can someone please provide an explanation or sources which delve into this further? [duplicate]

Below is from one of the talks with Ramana Maharishi Day by Day with Bhagavan”, Pg 78, (on 4.1.46, afternoon)] “With reference to Bhagavan’s answer [above] to Mrs. Desai’s question on the evening ...
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What is the expiation for saying lie(s)?

Truthfulness is highly encouraged and mandatory in Hinduism. If a person told lie(s) in past and want to be truthful in future and want to nullify his sins in past due to the untruthful nature. ...
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Shankaracharya said that ultimately even law of Karma is not right. Is there a scriptural reference where he says this?

Just watched a lecture from Swami Sarvapriyananda on Mandukya upanishad in which he states that Shankaracharya even cuts down the Law of Karma saying that ultimately that also is not true. In what ...
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How can heaven-hell concept and rebirth concept both be true?

In the heaven-hell concept, pious go to Swarga (heaven) and sinners go to Naraka (hell). However, if one has good/bad karma, the rebirth concept says that he/she will enjoy/suffer in their next births....
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Does Law of Karma act on its own or are there any sentient beings which implement it?

Is Law of Karma something which acts on its own? Or are there some sentient beings which implement it? Is it something which acts automatically without involvement of God? For eg., if a person gets a ...
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What kind of 'Paapa' results in losing an organ of the body?

We see lots of people lose some organ of their body in accidents. What kind of past life bad Karma causes this? Which Purana has commented on such bad karmas. Also is there any Purana/s that states ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

In Hinduism, is heaven (svarga) a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell (naraka) in heaven? This is better explained through the following an example. ...
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How does a boon or curse work?

We read many times that a particular deva/person/asura was given a boon that he could e.g., become invincible, no one can kill him or will get something or the other. On the other hand, some people ...
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Where is this statement “Destiny determines the consequences…” found?

Does anyone know the source for the following quote? Destiny determines the consequences of our actions but not the actions themselves. I heard that this is told by Vidura to Dhritarastra. This ...
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What is the reason behind Gita favoring the SAtvika way over others?

Usually people who have read Gita, would say that NishKAma Karma is the way of "Karma yoga". Numerous verses suggest that, NishkAma Karma is SAtvika way of life. SakAma karma is RAjasika way & ...
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Using hypnotism as a mean to access past or future lives?

In the books 'Same Soul Many Bodies' and 'Many Masters Many Lives' by Brian L Weiss there are many cases where he used hypnotism as a tool to either regress or progress the patients past/future lives ...
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Do 'stray thoughts' incur karma?

Are there any authentic sources from Vedas and Puranas which shines light on karma incured due to stray thoughts. Let me give an example. Let us say a person X has offended another person Y in some ...
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Is reading pirated books a sin? [closed]

I am a mathematics student and it is not economically feasible for me to buy every book that I need for my studies. Even reading a specific topic sometimes requires 2-3 different books. So like most ...
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What are Vasanas?

Ramana Maharishi in his talks state that: “Experience gained without rooting out all the vasanas cannot remain steady. Efforts must be made to eradicate the vasanas. Otherwise rebirth after death ...
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If everything is based on Karma, does one’s blessings have any effect on someone’s life?

Young ones often are blessed by the parents, grand parents etc etc. the blessings are rendered useless if everything forms part of Karma?
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Do birth marks signify anything?

I understand that it may sound little absurd but I have noticed that some people have birth marks and some have none, some birth marks are pretty prominent ones. My question: Do birth marks tell ...