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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can one know what he was in his previous life? [duplicate]

Is it possible to know what a person was in his previous life. Male, female , person's likes and dislikes, his interests and what was his good and bad karma??
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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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Am I allowed to enjoy work while following the path of Karma Yoga?

Regarding the Bhagavad Gita and Karma yoga, Am I allowed to enjoy the work I do while following the path of Karma Yoga? If yes then doesn't that go against indifference attitude I am supposed to ...
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What is the purpose of Karma Yoga? Is it mandatory for everyone to do?

What is the purpose of Karma Yoga. What does it do? Is it compulsory for everyone who is worker to do it? Can any work be done as karma yoga?
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Karma-Stimulus Paradox

Consider a thought experiment :- I have an enemy. He wants to shoot me. Case A: If I receive the bullet on my body, then the most general explanation given by Hinduism is that I had a bad karma (प्रा...
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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 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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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 ...