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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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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 ...
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What is the scriptural definition of “Nitya Karma” for a non-initiate?

Nitya karma refers to the daily obligatory duties performed by the Hindus. Naimittika karmas on the other hand are the occasional rites that are performed with a reason (nimitta). Similarly, we have ...
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Does Hinduism offer solution for each and every problem of human life?

Like many other I expect Hinduism suggest a way to live life. Is it true? Can we interpret that it also means there are solutions in Hinduism to every problem one can encounter?
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Why should we not face our backs towards god? [duplicate]

At a temple, I usually see the pujari often reminding people that they should face towards god. He also said that facing our backs towards god is classified as a sin. I would think that facing our ...
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Does Karma punishment vary according to one's material nature and Ignorance?

Karma for killing a Brahmin is given punishment higher than other Varnas. This is because Brahmins are of Sattva guna in dominant manner than others Varnas.EXAMPLE :Lord Ram got Dosha for Killing ...
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Destiny vs Efforts [closed]

As per shrimad bhagwat geeta, everyone should do their respective karmas and putting their efforts and do not focus on outcome. Now I am asking my question through a scenario. If my wallet is stolen ...
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If Bad Karma for Killing a Insect is Very Small then how Bhisma suffered Bed of Arrows for Piercing a Butterfly or a Snake?

EXPLANATION Bhisma laid in Bed Of Arrows due to his Bad karma in his past lives by Piercing a Butterfly. As he pierced the Butterfly In Return he got Pierced by Arrows or a Snake that was put into ...
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Was Arjuna's Destiny Predetermined?

In our scriptures it is said that destiny is given only according to Karma and is Not Predetermined As in mahabharatha Arjuna Lost his Archery skills and is said that arjuna's power's were Given by ...
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What is Shani's Vakra Drishti?

What is Shani's vakra Drishti? Is it bad or good? What are its consequences? Is there any role of karma to remove vakra Drishti if one is likely to have? What should one do or don't do if one is ...
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Why Karna didn't give Dana according to scriptures?

EXPLANATION : Karna was a great man in giving Dana to Anyone who asks for Dana from him. Scriptures Support giving Dana only to whose who that Deserves it. Sciptures Oppose giving Dana to whose who ...
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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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What do scriptures say about animal testing for medical research?

I am a scientist studying the effects of different drugs in the immune system. The immune system is so complex and we have such a limited understanding of it, that the only way to understand whether ...
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If we desire to live without desire will it be a desire?

EXPLANATION : People live with many desires and karmas of good and bad come according to the kind of desire A man who perform's his duties without any desire and submits the results to god will not ...
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What are different types of sins and good acts and their karmic effects?

I am interested to know if there is any book in Hinduism that describes the effects of different karmas. For example, the karmic effects of act of theft or the karmic effects of act of offering food ...
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A soul never does any karma, still carries Karma in afterlife?

Atma does no karmas. Jeev (Body, mind) does Karma. Now these Karmas done by the jeev, decide (or have impact) on next life. But the only connection between the body of current life and 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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Are Nishkama karma and Purusharthas opposed to each other?

Nishkama karma means desireless action, whereas, purushartha is all about desires and goals. Aren't these two opposed to each other? Which one should we follow?
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Do our sins really burn away if we're reborn as animals or trees (i.e., other than human)?

I have heard that we can not earn any merit or demerit in any birth other than the human birth. So my question is, do our sins (demerits) burn away in animal or tree birth? E.g., a dog born in dirty ...
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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 ...
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Which king Janamejaya killed a Brahmin woman?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Bhagavad Geeta 4.14 - How can no work affect Krishna if everything is in Him and He is in everything?

I have a question regarding shloka 4.14 from the Bhagavad Geeta: There is no work that affects Me; nor do I aspire for the fruits of action. One who understands this truth about Me also does not ...
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What is the need for hell when we also have to suffer the reactions of karma [duplicate]

It is my understanding that we all have to either enjoy or suffer for our actions good or bad- in millions of life times if we continue to be in ignorance. That being the case, what is the need to ...
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What is the meaning of “Vihitha Karma”?

I have heard the word 'VIHITHA KARMA" frequently. What is the real meaning of VIHITHA KARMA. and How does one defines it?
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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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Is Karma different for accidental killing than intentional killing? [duplicate]

For the past few months I have stopped killing any type of insects as killing it will cause bad karma but during the course of time I have accidentally killed few insects when I had no intentions of ...
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Does Hinduism support the concept of “continued charity”?

Concept of charity does exist in Hinduism and is termed a Daana. But does Hinduism support the concept of continued charity?? Continued charity :- Effect of charity which remains till its demolition. ...
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What does the statement 'Brahman is devoid of good and bad' mean?

Brahman the supreme soul is described to be limitless and not attributed to duality like hot or cold, good or bad, male or female. But if he is beyond good and bad then why does he take avatar to ...

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