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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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How does Karma theory explain premature deliveries and the death of infants?

Sometimes, infants are born prematurely and die shortly thereafter. Is it possible to explain such tragedies using the karma theory? Has it got to do with the karma of the parents or the infant ...
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Is the Karma theory falsifiable? Is there an accurate definition of the Karma theory? [closed]

Do we understand enough about the Karma theory that it can be accurately defined so that if someone wanted to refute the theory, they can provide evidence to disprove it? In other words, is the Karma ...
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Why did India lose to foreign invaders? [closed]

There have been many self proclaimed god men and mystics in India. Most claimed to have supernatural powers. I myself am an astrologer who studied Jyotisha. Why couldn’t astrologers predict the fall ...
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Charity For Anscestors

Is there any merit of making charity on the name of ancestors to us? We often do charity on our name that for sure directly gives us merit. But Is there any merit to us if we do charity on the name ...
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According to Hinduism, which is better way of living: Nishkama Karma or Nishkarmata (Akarma)?

Please, could you give a practical example of how to live daily life with nishkama karma vs nishkarmata (akarma).
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what is practical application of non doership?

If I am not doer, How should I spend my day? Should i abandon personal goals as if I am not doer, how can I ensure action on those goals. Also if I am just witnessing actions under compulsion of ...
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In the Bhagavadgītā, what are some objections to its proposed solutions to the paradox of action?

For those un-familiar with indian philosophy, the Bhagavadgītā is a text that proposes a solution to the problem of rebirth. This problem of rebirth is as follows: We are in an endless cycle of life ...
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Why am I being held accountable for my karma in this or next life?

If I am not the doer, I am in control of Triguna Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and these Gunas fashion the work I do, and if whatever I will do in my life is already predefined. Then why am I accused of ...
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Merit through Charity Vs Gifts

Up till now whatever I have learnt is :- Whatever we give to the universe, the universe will return it back in bigger form. My question is do we earn through universe only via giving our wealth as ...
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Forgiveness of SIN [duplicate]

In hinduism, if someone has sinned then how can his/her sin be forgiven? What are the procedures or practices to get your sin washed? And how will you know that your sin has been forgiven?
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Will someone be punished again after death after once being already punished on the earth?

If someone did papa karma and got punishment for his karma on the earth. May be jailed for entire life, or death punishment or any type of punishment, then will he be again punished for that?
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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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Is there an end to suffering? [duplicate]

We have met in the past Yuga. We are meeting again in this Yuga. We will meet again in next Yuga. And so on... Is there an end to this suffering , in general not just my own ,of taking birth and ...
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How is the calculation of papa and punya is being done [duplicate]

How Dharma, Adharma and Papa , Punya calculation is done? Why a person doesn't get his results of karma immediately?
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What happens to non-Hindus in the afterlife?

How is the soul of a non-Hindu processed in the afterlife? Is it as decribed in Hindu scripture, or is it as described in the scriptures of the religion that they belonged to?
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According to Dvaita philosophy , is Parmatma involved in Karma?

Parmatma is not just a witness.In my previous question it became apparent that the Parmatma had certain responsibilities to fulfill. Parmatma is bestower of blessings and punishment. If a person does ...
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What is the Karma and what karma a human should do to be a perfect?

i want to know about the real Karma of human being in this kaliyug. when is someone called a perfect and pure person? my doubt is what should be a main goal of human being? how can i satisfy with my ...
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When Hindus buy milk are they required to only buy milk from cows that are not sent to be slaughtered?

Vegans don't buy milk because of the cruel life dairy cows are subjected to and because they eventually get slaughtered. Given that cows are sacred for Hindus I was wondering if Hindus share the ...
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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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Which are the crimes in which people becomes ghost and for how much time? [duplicate]

Which are the crimes in which people becomes ghost I got this part here thanks and for how much time (references will be surly better then personal openion)? I asked about suicide but looks like if ...
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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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What are the Hindu beliefs on life after death? [closed]

I'm a highschool student studying the 5 Major world religions and I myself am Catholic. However as apart of an assignment I have, I must interview and collate references from people of the practicing ...
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Difference between Kartavya and Dharma?

I have heard these two terms many times. Karma (deeds) can be considered as either Kartavya or Dharma. But which kind of Karma is Kartavya or which one is Dharma. For example: If a son does seva to ...
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Why demons take birth ? And they do not vanished as they do anything wrong? [duplicate]

God knows everything like present , future and past than why did they not vanish the demons as they take birth. These demons upset the earth by their act like killing , raping , corruption etc. From ...
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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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Why choose doing “good” when there is no ultimate good or evil?

Why should one choose to do good over evil? Maybe your evil is my good and your good is my evil? There is no ultimate good or evil, so whats the reason to do "good" deeds then? All ways lead to God, ...
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Do we take Birth with Physical Body in Hell/Heaven?

EXPLANATION : People living in Heaven have Childhood and also Marry and Fight with Humans,Vanaras,etc,.this clears that they have Physical Body. I didn't know whether we take Birth in Hell/Heaven as ...
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According to Hinduism who is right about free will (Vivekananda or Chanakya)?

Swami Vivekananda says "nothing is impossible you can do anything and everything, believe in that". Chanakya (Kautilya) says "fate can't be changed you have to face your bhagya". Interesting thing is ...
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How much effect do Jyotisha and the planets have in human life?

Our Puranas and stories don't mention too much about them. Is fate or bhagya inevitable or can it be overcome with karma ? Or is it just that people try to justify their problems via jyotisha?
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Is stay in any of the narakas eternal?

If child is not born even after several years of trying in marriage....is there anyway to escape from punnama hell? says stay in naraka for childless is eternal or at least till pralaya. Which ...
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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 ...
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Interesting Question about Karma

I read and people say that for being a human before that we need to go for several lives of creature then we got this human life. And as another thing that for karma people say if we did something ...
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Doing “evil” or “good” after being self-realized wont affect such an “individual” because he is not bound to the illusion of the material, yes or no?

When self realized,you understand the illusion and rise above the illusion. It wont matter if you do good or evil since the concept of good and evil is something that is bound to the illusion and the ...
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Do the Vedas themselves talk about the jnAna and karma kAnda?

There is a popular belief that the Vedas have section like jnana kanda and karma kanda. Is there any such statement in the Vedas which talks of such kAndams?
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Why did Gandhari, a re-incarnation of Mati and a model wife, have to suffer so much?

All the characters of the MHB cast and reap karma--whether from a past life, or their present; but I cannot find a reason that Gandhari should have to suffer so much when she was the ideal wife and ...
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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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Do I commit a sin of greater degree when I kill a holy creature (say cow) instead of any other creature?

I genuinely believe this question is a bit in bad taste but do read below my thoughts of inquisitiveness for putting up a bland question like this: I was curious to know if karma would adjudge me as ...
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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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What is the alternate way to eliminate our Bad Karmas equal in doing Penance?

Penanace is said to be a major way to eliminate our Bad Karmas. In Today's Life it is hard to do Penance for some reasons. MY QUESTION : Is there any Other method for eliminating our Bad Karmas ...
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What are various ways, as per Scriptures, by which we lose our Punya:Good Merits?

It is said that if we refuse to donate someone who has come to ask for donations, then our Punya is lost. What are other ways, as per Scriptures, which make us lose Good Virtues?
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What type of thoughts are negative?and can these negative thoughts control our mind?

Evil thoughts can destroy a person's well being
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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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Should one always abide by his parents' will or can he go against it only if he is right? [duplicate]

I want to ask this question with the help of a real life scenario. Basically, what if one wants to pursue an educational field associating with this world just for a living so that he can progress in ...
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Do conjoined twins have same soul?

The picture you see is of - Abigail Hensel and Brittany Hensel, two conjoined twins. Wikipedia- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_and_Brittany_Hensel Do conjoined twins have different souls? Both ...
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Does Karma of our previous lives determine the lifetime of our present birth?

Karma gives the situation, parents, physical body,etc,... to a soul according to type of Karma that it accumulated. Living beings face untimely death and face unexpected problems in which they didn't ...
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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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Which Hindu scripture contains the story of a desperate man hanging from a tree branch?

A friend forwarded me the following story of a man clinging to a tree branch amidst a lot of troubles and still manages to sip honey from a hive. I've also heard this story before from others. What's ...
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Is being a bystander considered as being a sin? [duplicate]

If a fight is taking place or someone is being harassed/bullied, what do the Shastras say we do? If for instance, I do nothing to help the victim but just take no action, will this be wrong?
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In Hinduism, is it commanded to change clothes everyday?

If we wear the same clothes for more than a day, is it unclean according to the culture? I know in general, that one should change his clothes everyday if possible, but what does our culture say ...
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Can the bad effects of not performing Shradhha Paksha be avoided through Hari Nama?

If a person for some reasons forgets or is not able to do Shradhha Paksha of his ancestors, but does lots of Namajapa or chants Hari-nama lots of times in his life everyday, does he still get the ill ...