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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 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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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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transfer of karmafal

Are there any slokas from any scriptures that depict the transfer of karmafaal(result of someone's deeds). I'll give you a scenerio. Suppose a person earns his living by doing something, yet he makes ...
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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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What happens to the soul when someone commit suicide?

What happens to the soul when one commits suicide? Does the rebirth takes instantly? Do the suicide soul try to make contact with family and friends? Is it true that the suicide soul has to stay in ...
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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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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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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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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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Dependability and Independability of jIiva

1 . Is jIiva completely independent? 2 . completely dependent? 3 . Partial Independent? If jIiva is completely independent, then what is role of Vidhi Nishedas? what about nitya karmas?. if jIiva has ...
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What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind pandemics?

I am thinking if the Corona pandemic we are suffering is the result of similar and collective bad Karma of almost all we people on earth. What Puranas and Shastras comment about the reason behind ...
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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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Using hypnotism as a mean to access past or future lives?

In the books 'Same Soul Many Bodies' and 'Many Masters Many Lives' by Brian L Weiss there are many cases where he used hypnotism as a tool to either regress or progress the patients past/future lives ...
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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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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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Why are effects of karma seen after death or in the next birth?

I generally hear that one will get the aftereffects of his/her karma either in afterlife (i.e., after death he will either go to heaven or hell) or in his next birth. My question is: Why don't we get ...
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What is the beginning of anadi karma?

Namaskaram, It is said that we are in samsara due to anadi karma. If anadi karma has an end, i.e. moksha, that means that is has to have a beginning too. What was the first incident that put jiva in ...
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Repudiation of Karmic carry-forward

Are there schools or sects of Hinduism that believe the span of Karmic accounting does not exceed one lifetime and reject the notion of Karmic debt/credit being carried forward into the next life?
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HOW can morality be a part of karma when societal rules change from culture to culture?

Within sanatan dharma we consider karma to be universal ... but there are differences in the social rules between differing cultures on our planet. So how can this description of karma be accurate? I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to identify the person who asks for Dana deserve or not?

I saw Is it adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and to whom we are giving? But When we give Dana to some person, how to find that person deserved dana or not? Some looks like ...
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Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa? [duplicate]

Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa?
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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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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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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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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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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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Question related to karma and rebirth

A Christian once asked me this question when I was explaining him about karma and rebirth philosophy in Hinduism. I told him that if anything happens in anybody's life, it is the result of their karma ...
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What does सत्यमेव जयते mean?

In Hinduism we say सत्यमेव जयते. What does it mean? By simple translation it means that truth always wins, but I find many contradictions with this meaning. If truth always wins why are innocent ...
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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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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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How can we reduce the effect and pain while experiencing results of bad karma? [duplicate]

I am aware that we have to experience the results of Karma done by us. If I have done a bad Karma under the influence Maaya or Agnana(With out consciousness), How to reduce the effect of bad Karma. If ...
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When Devi Bhagavatam says Gods as doers of karma and that they are sinners, how they can remove my sin?

According to the following chapters of Devi Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu and lord Rudra are doers of karma and thus sinners. • Devi bhagavatam: 4 book: 2 chapter: 8-9 • Devi bhagavatam: 6 ...
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Will Adi shakti be born again in the near future or has been born in past ? If yes ,then when ? What do we know about these incarnations?

Adi Shakti is Prakriti herself, so she dies. But she takes rebirths to unite with Shiva again and again. So my questions are: Will Adi Shakti be born again in the near future or has been born in ...
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Is it mandatory to follow one Marga?

Bhagavad Gita says: Bg 12.9 — My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation, then follow the regulative principles of bhakti-yoga. In this way develop a ...
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Accumulation and dispensation of Karma

My question is related to accumulation of karma in different aspects and situations. If I stop myself from doing bad karma then is it treated as good karma? E.g., If there's an urge in me to tease ...

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