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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Why is it necessary to follow Nitya Karma and Niyama(rules)?

It is personal to follow dharma. But still there are necessary to follow some rules like nitya krama and niyama. Why is it necessary to follow Nitya Karma and Niyama(rules)? Also practically how many ...
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Is online piracy (downloading books/videos/etc) considered as stealing in Hinduism? [closed]

Context: Online piracy means downloading of books/games/movies/courses which might be available for sale at some non-zero price. Hinduism has strict rules against stealing. But is online piracy ...
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Is there any God who doesn’t regard law of karma as fundamental aspect of Universe? [closed]

Law of karma is fundamental to life as is elucidated by Lord Krishna in Bhagwat Gita. However I think there are Gods who do not regard law of karma as fundamental aspect of Universe. Mostly they are ...
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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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Does Atalashanti prakarana of Mandukya Upanishad contradict/demolish karma siddhanta?

The gist of Atalashanti Prakarana of Mandukya upanishad appears to be that cause and effect are constructs of an unrealized mind, and consciousness is unborn/eternal. Several verses in this scripture ...
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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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How do I rectify swear (kasam) I took of my parents in anger? [closed]

Recently I was fighting with someone and I got way too angry and told that person that I swear on my parents and my career that I won't ever talk to you... But it isn't possible for stop talking as we ...
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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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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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Punnya from donation / charity for married person in Hinduism

In Hinduism is it the case that :- If married person does any charity from "His own earned income" (not from income of wife or forefathers) , then half of his Punnya is given to his wife and half to ...
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Who is the consumer of our Karmas, if the Atman is merely a silent witness? [duplicate]

Atman resides in the body as a silent witness and it's not affected (untouched) by anything. Then upon what, our Karmas get transmitted to our next lives? In other words who is the enjoyer/sufferer of ...
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Does God really care about us?

When i read about horrific massacres against hindus during 1400 years of islamic invasion, i wonder if there is a bhagwan or does he really care about his devotees.Why he didnt punish muslims, where ...
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Can it happen that the length of a man's life somehow becomes reduced during a man's lifetime, and so one has to die before he was destined initially?

In the question "Is the length of a man's life predetermined?" I asked on whether the length of a man's life has already been determined in advance, even before a person is born, and now I ask the ...
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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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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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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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From which Hindu text the following slokha has been taken?

The slokha is "Avasyam anubhogthavyam kritham karma subha asubham; naa bhugtham ksheeyathe karma kalpa koti sathairapi" Is it from vedas or puranas or any other text?
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Which one is more dominating - freewill or karma?

I am little confused here, out of the two entities - freewill and karma which one is more dominating in deciding the future course of action for a person? Reason am confused is because in every ...
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What is the expiation for accidentally killing a cat? [duplicate]

What is the expiation for accidentally killing a cat?
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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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What is the purpose of life? [duplicate]

This question may be childish or even rubbish but I have had this doubt for a long time. According to my religion, Hinduism (Sanathana Dharma), God has created all from grass to all forms of life. ...
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Killing animals, Karma and our birth

My question has two different aspects. In Hindu religion, it is considered bad to kill animals, but in Islam it is said that animals are just for our use e.g., use them as food, transport etc. (...
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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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When Vishnu himself with the form of Vridhrasura made Brindha lose chastity, how come Brahma alone cursed for entering Parvathi abode with 5 heads?

Here Vishnu disguised in the form of Ashura made his wife lose chastity, he was not punished.But When Brahma entered the abode of Parvathy, his fifth head was severed and shiva attained Brahma Kabala ...
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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What is the origin of Nishkama Karma (selfless action)?

I am interested to know where in the Vedas or Upanishad is the philosophy of Nishkama Karma i.e., giving up fruits of actions, mentioned? What is the origin of Karma Yoga as we know in the Gita?
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Is the story of Parashurama detecting Karna's non-Brahminhood from his tolerance for pain in the Mahabharata?

The story goes that Parashurama was sleeping with his head on Karna's lap. An insect started stinging Karna's thigh until blood was flowing and he bore the pain silently because he didn't want to ...
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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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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 do we acquire Karma only in human birth and not in higher births such as Demi gods, etc?

There are tales of Rakshasas (Demi gods) in Mahabharata (Kansa, etc), Ramayana, etc. who committed mass murders. Did they not acquire bad Karmas for what they did?
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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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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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Law of karma applies to monkeys also? [duplicate]

Since we all know that man is evaluation from monkeys. Previously all our anscestors were monkey. So law of karma today, do gets applied to Monkeys also?
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To kill harmful animals [duplicate]

Considering that kill can bring bad karma, what must be done with some harmful animals like aedes aegypti, triatoma infestans, ticks etc., when it is on our way? And if they can be killed it means we ...
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Does fruits of rajasi or tamasi karma also has categories?

By doing good kind of rajasi karma we gets good fruits. But my question, is that fruits also has categories or we can get any kind of fruit? Example If someone does the charity in terms of money (as ...
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Do scriptures say anything about 'Buddhi Karmaanu Saarini'?

I heard a sentence, Buddhi Karmaanu Saarini, which means that sometimes your mind makes choices without your consciousness and drives you closer towards your destiny. Is this true? Is it mentioned in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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