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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 our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?

Is our destiny predetermined? I've read some stories which do show that a person's destiny is predetermined, like: pathi pragrahiṇaṁ kaṁsam ābhāṣyāhāśarīra-vāk asyās tvām aṣṭamo garbho hantā yāṁ ...
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What to do when a self-imposed vow is broken? Is there a punishment?

What to do when a vow of controlled (self-imposed) brahmacharya has been broken? The vow is not actually a vow of celibacy (as in the case of a Sannyasin). Here the aspirant controlled himself by this ...
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What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?

I am confused about the life cycle in Hinduism. What is the starting point of a soul? Yes, a soul exchanges bodies, but when does a soul take birth and how will fate be written to it (as it has no ...
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How exactly does karma work?

I've heard tales where if you're bad, you are re-incarnated as a bug or something. I'm sure there is more to it than this - can someone clear it up?
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What is the Nyaya argument for Karma being the instrumental cause of the Universe?

The Agama Pramanya is a work by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Yamunacharya arguing that the Pancharatra texts, which are foundational to mainstream Vaishnavism as I discuss here, are legitimate ...
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Are new souls created? [duplicate]

According to Hinduism, Reincarnation (Rebirth) does occur, but it is somewhat related to Karma. Also, I felt that Human is ultimate species in Hinduism, so now the question arises that does god create ...
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Does “Free Will” really exist, even if universe repeats itself in perfect pattern?

The concept of universe repeating itself is similar to philosophy of Eternal Return. Such philosophy is subscribed many ancient Indian philosophers as well. In brief: A finitely timed universe ...
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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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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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Does the karma from the previous life affects the current life?

I was reading this post recently where @jabahar explains about Are people always reborn as people? where user answers as — Depending upon karma a jivatma (spirit) may reborn in the body of ...
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Is there the first birth of a jiva soul in the material world or not?

According to the teaching of Vedanta a jiva soul or the living being (jivatma) has never been created, and that is because a jiva exists eternally throughout all the phases of time, namely past, ...
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What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after death? What will happen after death according to Hinduism?
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Does god know our thoughts? and is it a sin to have lustful thoughts?

As far as I know,lusting is one of the biggest sin a person can commit.
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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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Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Apologies if this seems a very sensitive issue but can you please help me understand what is considered an adultery? If married male and female partners have mutually agreed and happy to have extra-...
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Where are Heaven and Hell?

Although it might look a bit kiddish I am curious to know is there any description present in any of the Hindu scriptures that tells us about where the heaven and hell actually are. I have heard ...
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Can a Brahmana raise a war or kill someone?

As per Hinduism, Parashurama is widely known as a person who raised war against Kshatriyas. Now as per Vedas, whether a person is a Brahmana or a Kshatriya is based on his karmas only. If one kills ...
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Does Karma (going from a higher life-form to a lower one) only apply to humans?

As most of you might know that in Hinduism, it is believed that you and every other living thing consist of two things one is "a soul" which is indestructible, true and reality. No harm can be done to ...
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving?

Dana is a dharma action followed in every yuga as it prevents selfishness, ignorance and helps other beings to live very peacefully. But, the Dana which helps society can also bring problems to it if ...
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

I have gone through Hindu Mythological books and found that Bhagwat Gita is told only to Arjuna by Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra. Is there any specific reason of not telling Bhagwat Gita to anyone else ...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods or goddesses?

I'm witnessing upsurge in sacrileges, such as— Demolishing idols of devatā-s or devī-s. Profane acts targeting iconography of devatā-s or devī-s. Making abusive versions of epics, purāṇa-s, etc. I ...
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Does chanting Holy Names while doing worldly duties generate any punya karma?

Does chanting of holy names while doing worldly duties (like travelling, working at home, etc.) generate any good (punya) karma? In this case sometimes one may or may not pay attention to what is ...
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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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Can prarabdha be diluted by 1. Ram Nam Japam 2. Good Kriyaman Karma?

Can Prarabdha be diluted with these two factors :- Ram Nam Japam :- With Ram Nam Japam can bad consequences in the future be avoided ? I have heared , If person is going to have bad accident and ...
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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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Why do bad things happen to good people?

I have seen many instances where bad things have happened to good people. And to make it worse, the bad people prospered and progressed while the good people seemed to struggle every day for their ...
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Giving Alms (Donation/charity) with the intention of getting merit will give me merit?

If someone gives alms (Donation/charity) in form of anything. If his intention is to get merit. Then will he actually get merit out of that karma?
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Consuming milk and dairy causes bad karma?

Since it is get from the exploitation of innocents mammals, consuming milk and dairy causes bad karma?
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How can we make sure it's impossible for us to commit any sin or violence?

Is there a way to make committing violence impossible? Can someone do something so that it will be impossible (or at least very difficult) for him to commit any violence in any corner of the world?
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Did Kumarila Bhatta believe in Nishkama Karma as a valid means to Moksha?

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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What is the purpose of life? [duplicate]

This question may be childish or even rubbish but I have had this doubt for a long time. According to my religion, Hinduism (Sanathana Dharma), God has created all from grass to all forms of life. ...
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Why do we need Yamalokam?

Given that Karma and punarjanma (rebirth) are the prime beliefs of Hinduism, why do we need Yamalokam and punishment in it? I mean, through Karma, the fruits of both good and bad deeds are obtained ...
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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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Is the length of a man's life predetermined?

Has the length of a man's life already been determined in advance, even before a person is born? To answer this question, please be sure to furnish quotations from the scriptures and explain how you ...
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Why previous births are only known to God and not to humans?

As clearly said by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagwat Gita, that, "I remember all my previous births but you don't". Then question arises is why God only has that Extra privilege, and why normal human ...
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Killing animals, Karma and our birth

My question has two different aspects. In Hindu religion, it is considered bad to kill animals, but in Islam it is said that animals are just for our use e.g., use them as food, transport etc. (...
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What do scriptures say about using swear or abusive words for cursing people?

I am asking this question from a modern perspective. Do we consider the use of abusive words as "Vaani Hinsa"? Is there any punishment for this and also does it affect our deeds (karma)? And also ...
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When does our Karma get over?

I'm confused when does our karma end. One would say that karma ends when we get moksha. If that's so, then what happens to our Sanchita Karma? When we do good karma, we get some good return. When we ...
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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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Detachment and non fruitful actions

Isnt it slightly confusing bcz everyone in this world struggle hard for his work to get completed for some specific reason like success,money,etc.How it is really possible not think abt outcome. Also ...
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Donation at good place with certain mentioned intention accumulates good karma?

As we all know , Donation at sattvika place (having guarantee that our donation will get use for good cause ) is a good karma. But what if we donate with the intension - "Hey god, I am donating this ...
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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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If Human birth is so Auspicious and Rare, why does God let some people be born as - Lunatic, Autistic, Schizophrenic et cetera?

मानुष्यं च समासाद्य स्वर्गमोक्षप्रसाधनम्। नाचरत्यात्मनः श्रेयः स मृतः शोचते चिरम्॥३०॥ The human body is the means for achieving of the heaven and moksa and even after achieving the same, he ...
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Where do the Vedas say that a single Vajapeya Yagna will make you the next Indra?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...
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When does Sanchitha Karma becomes Praarabdha Karma? What decides its transformation?

There are three karmas: Sanchitha, Praarabdha and Aagaami. It is my understanding that how and where we are born and other things happen in a particular life is based on the Praarabdha Karmas, which ...
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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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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

If this birth is based on the deeds of our previous life, then our destiny is pre-determined. So, there is no need for god unless prayer offered to him will erase the bad deeds.
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What happens to a person's Karma if he attains salvation at the time of his death?

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter - 8 Verse - 5: अन्तकाले च मामेव स्मरन्मुक्त्वा कलेवरम् | य: प्रयाति स मद्भावं याति नास्त्यत्र संशय: || 5|| anta-kāle cha mām eva smaran muktvā kalevaram yaḥ prayāti sa mad-...
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Does Law of Karma apply on animals/birds? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether Law of Karma applies on animals/birds and other non-human creatures? Since all the animals(if not all), are dependent on other animals/creatures for food/living; how the law ...