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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
65
votes
4answers
28k views

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 ...
27
votes
6answers
4k views

What happens after death?

Does a human being have a soul after his/her death? What will happen after a man's death according to Hinduism?
24
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
22
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
20
votes
3answers
715 views

What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses?

I'm seeing a lot of insult of Gods nowadays by Non Hindus like- Kicking/breaking the idols of Gods. Doing inhuman acts with the pictures of gods/goddesses which is difficult to explain. Making ...
20
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
19
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
19
votes
5answers
10k views

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 ...
18
votes
4answers
2k views

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?
17
votes
2answers
550 views

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 ...
16
votes
5answers
2k views

'Playing football takes us nearer to heaven rather than reading Bhagavad Gita' but how and why?

That famous line above was uttered by none other than Swami Vivekananda. I admit that I haven't gone through the complete speech yet, but I am curious to know what he meant by that. Did he mean that ...
16
votes
8answers
873 views

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?
16
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
14
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
4answers
1k views

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?
13
votes
3answers
16k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
5answers
2k views

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....
12
votes
6answers
370 views

What will happen to a youth who wants to enjoy life as well as continuing spiritual efforts?

Maya is very treacherous. No one knows it better than a youth perhaps, who feels a strong attraction towards young life (fun, party, entertainment, sex, food, clothes, ...); Basically all materialism, ...
12
votes
2answers
11k views

What is the source of this (Kayena vacha…) text? or Where does it come from?

I am talking about the following shloka (posting it in Sanskrit and English): कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् । करोमि यद्यद् सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयामि ॥...
12
votes
1answer
673 views

Is human the ultimate species according to Hinduism?

Is human the ultimate species according to Hinduism? This is somewhat related to karma, hence is it considered ultimate to be reborn as a human? An individual can be reborn as any species based on ...
12
votes
1answer
231 views

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. ...
12
votes
0answers
243 views

Why was Shishupala born with three eyes and four arms?

From this answer by Keshav Srinivasan, Shishupala had three eyes and four arms. When Shishupala was born, he had three eyes and four arms, which terrified his parents, the king and queen of Chedi. ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

How does Karma work for a person who has converted to Hinduism?

I am just curious to know how does Karma work for a person who has converted to Hinduism. If we consider Karma as a bank account; how is Karma accounted for a converted individual? Is it the Karma ...
11
votes
4answers
3k views

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.
11
votes
7answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

What does happens to Prarabdha Karma while sleeping?

Most of you might know, we have to experience the result of any karma(Prarabdha karma)done by us. Any Prarabdha Karma is inevitable. According to Sri Swami Sivananda: "Prarabdha is that portion of ...
11
votes
1answer
304 views

Do people inherit characters from their past life?

Are the characters of human influenced by his/her past life? or is it only because of present life? Is it mentioned in any Puranas/Vedas?
11
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

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.
10
votes
4answers
52k views

Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

I would like to know if re-birth take place immediately after the death according to Hinduism? Some people say, if the man has done some good karma, he will be gone to heaven and then enjoy the ...
10
votes
3answers
264 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
245 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

What is 'Tapa' in Hinduism?

In Bhagavad Gita it's mentioned that Yajna, Tapa and Dana are the Karmas which a person should never abandon in his life. What is 'Tapa' in Hinduism?
10
votes
3answers
1k views

Do children accumulate karma? At what age are you responsible for your karma?

If I do a bad karma without knowing or realizing properly will I receive fruits for that or not? What about children? Do they accumulate karma too? Don't they make lot of mistakes unknowingly? At ...
9
votes
3answers
722 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
4k views

Is taking interest from bank a sin?

In Hinduism, is regularly depositing some money in a PPF account with the intention of getting handsome interest when we retire, a sin? I came across this blog post that says: A Brâhmana and a ...
9
votes
4answers
5k views

Is killing justified in the Bhagwad Gita?

How according to Krishna's teaching to Arjuna, was the war between the two sides justified? Isn't fighting over a kingdom petty compared to the lives that would be lost? Isn't killing (be it human ...
9
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
3k views

Why is the population so high in Kali yuga?

It is said that one gets the human form after collecting a lot of good karma, then how the population has increased to such? As it is Kali yuga and good is very scanty and will go down even further as ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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?
9
votes
4answers
189 views

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?
9
votes
1answer
348 views

Does Law of Karma apply to Trimurtis and their Shaktis only when they are present in Lokas other than Vaikunta and Kailasa?

I read from Shiva Purana that Kailasa and Vaikunta are free from KARMA. But when Vishnu incarnated on Earth he suffered his karma (Vali as hunter killed Krishna in next birth). Though I am not sure ...
9
votes
1answer
134 views

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. ...
9
votes
1answer
899 views

Punishment for sins or rewards for good deeds in previous births, but how do we know?

I have heard that, normally, as we go on committing sins, we earn ourselves multiple births, sometimes as humans and other times as other living beings. But say someone is born as some being other ...
9
votes
0answers
615 views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
996 views

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 ...