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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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 Donation (Daan) give Punnya if person is already having Loan on her/him?

If a Person regularly donates (financial donation at good place for good reason) some percentage of her/his monthly income, she/he accumulates Good Karma. But If that person is already having some ...
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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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If I donate at some place is it considered as good karma (Punya)?

Yesterday I was thinking about donating some money to charity who help people. But at the same time a thought come that if that money will be used for things other than help, say in bad things, then ...
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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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What are Vasanas?

Ramana Maharishi in his talks state that: “Experience gained without rooting out all the vasanas cannot remain steady. Efforts must be made to eradicate the vasanas. Otherwise rebirth after death ...
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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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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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What is the difference between a good man and a devotee?

I would like to know the difference between a good man and a devotee. A good man does good karma due to which his previous karma's effect gets reduced. In a similar way, a devotee's karma is also ...
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How can one reverse the impression of a karma knowing that it is wrong?

Being a Hindu, we are all aware that all karma eventually gets back to us. If we perform a negative karma, sooner or later the negative effects of our earlier karma will catch us up. In addition, we ...
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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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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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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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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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Who becomes a Brahmin?

I just want to know what makes a Brahmin. Does that depends on the karma? Does that depends on the fate? Does that depends on learning Vedas? Some say that next birth of Brahmin is a cow. Is that ...
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Does praying to God help attain that which is not present in our destiny

Can praying to god/deity help a person attain something if that is not present in their Destiny/Prarabdha? If it is not present in your destiny/prarabdha and you pray for it like you really want it, ...
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Why is god said to be giver of good times and good things when our own Karma created it?

This is a very confusing thing I see in indian religions . They say one's own karma is the cause of both joy (in whichever form , be it mental joy, materialistic joy, money , gold, relationships, ...
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Karma .. a case study ..

I am quite fascinate and confused by karma philosophy. But then I don't understand how it exactly works A hurts B in some way (A has done bad karma) C hurts A (A's karma has bore fruit) but in ...
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Why do we need to take another birth to pay the karma of past life?

We do not remember what we did in our past lives and what we are being punished for. We don't decide where to born, who will be the parents, relatives and lot of other things? If People do really bad ...
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Where in the hindu sacred texts does it say animals do not create new karma?

Where in the hindu texts does it say that animals and the gods do not create new karma but only pay off 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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How we suffer by making others suffer?

I would like to see an example from the scriptures of how someone has suffered as a result of making someone else suffer. Specially I would prefer something from Srimad Bhagavatam.
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Who's going to hell? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, according to the concepts of Karma if you be bad (sinful) in your life you'll be reincarnated or if you be good you'll be going to heaven. So bad men will undergo rebirth, then ...
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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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Will a man attain liberation the moment his karma is nullified?

Attainment of liberation is clearing of all the karma (both good and bad). Now my question is will a man attain liberation, the second both his good and bad karma will get nullified i.e. his karma ...
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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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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Are rebirth, karma and caste inter related?

While going through the definition of each of these (rebirth, karma and caste), it becomes quite clear that they are highly inter connected. Is there any scripture mentioning that they are inter ...
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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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Shankaracharya said that ultimately even law of Karma is not right. Is there a scriptural reference where he says this?

Just watched a lecture from Swami Sarvapriyananda on Mandukya upanishad in which he states that Shankaracharya even cuts down the Law of Karma saying that ultimately that also is not true. In what ...
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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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Is judging a person blindly a sin?

Is judging a person blindly or using poor judgement to judge someone discouraged in Hinduism? Is it a sin? If yes what punishment would be granted for committing such a sin.? EDIT: Blind judgement ...
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What is the purpose of Sankalpam?

In the beginning of any ritual, one has to say Sankalpam - a formulaic utterance where you tell the devatas where and when in the Universe the ritual is being conducted, the purpose of the ritual, etc,...
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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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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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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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How could one do karma without expectation of fruits?

As Bhagavad Gita says, one should do karma without thinking of its outcome. What would be encouragement for someone for doing that work if he does not think of the outcome? How can someone have ...
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Karma of executioners

How does the karma of an executioner work? Although they are only doing their job, does it amount to bad karma? What if an executioner has to kill a wrongly accused person? And what if the executioner ...
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What is vikarma specifically?

While looking up vikarma, I'm not finding any specifics. Most translations I read say "sinful" or "forbidden" activities, but that's not very specific. It doesn't really say what these "sinful" or "...
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Do different castes have different Karmic outcomes for the same action?

The differential treatments of different castes that Manu et al prescribe are for earthly punishments/rewards for earthly actions. Does any scripture says that for the exactly same Papa or Punya, a ...
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Were/are there Hindu schools of thought that don't believe in Karma?

Are there schools of thought that don't believe in Karmic inheritance from prior births and don't believe you accumulate good or bad Karma during this life.
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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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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 ...
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What exactly happens to Prarabhdha karma while performing “Yoganidra” in Meditation?

I came across a term "Yoganidra" in one of spiritual book. And I came to know that "Yoganidra" can experience during Meditation. My questions are: What is the meaning of "Yoganidra"? Are there any ...
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Does re-birth take place on Earth always?

I would like to know if re-birth takes place on Earth always or on other planets too? For example, if a person does bad karma on Earth, will he be re-born on Earth or it could be on any other planet?
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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 ...