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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Will non-vegetarians won't get liberation?

It is said that non-selfishness(nishkaama karma) lead to liberation by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita. Then there are so many people (some crores of people) arround us, killing animals and then eating ...
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Can forgetfulness be considered as a sin?

Consider a person has forgetfulness as a habit, I.e., forgetting small things or small details regularly. Does it consider as a sin? Is there any incident in scriptures where a person forgets about ...
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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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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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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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Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma?

Why do people do evil actions? Is it due to karma? People who do evil actions do so because they get evil thoughts and desires. Why do they think these evil thoughts and desires? What do the ...
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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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Does knowledge has capacity to nullify all past karma?

This slokha from Brahmavaivartha Purana says the following But Geetha chapter 4 verse 37 says the following First one says that, no one can escape from the results of karma, but next says that ...
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Does Japa wipes good karma also

I know or having belief that japa can wipe out bad karmas we deed knowing or unknowingly in past or present life. But going through one of the website, i came accross information that : Japa not ...
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What is karma vipakam in hinduism.

I heard that there is book by this name. It states the karmas and the results of them.
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Detachment and non fruitful actions

Isnt it slightly confusing bcz everyone in this world struggle hard for his work to get completed for some specific reason like success,money,etc.How it is really possible not think abt outcome. Also ...
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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 exactly is namasmarana

What exactly is namasmarana? In namasmarana is there any importance to just chant a name of god (mind may or may not be on it) ? If namasmarana is chanting the name with remembering god in mind- then ...
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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 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 happens with karma with expectations of fruits?

With the reference to famous shlok in Bhagwat Gita : One should do karma without expectations of fruits in return. But what happens if I make all good karmas with the expectations of good will come ...
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How Can An Animal Accumulate Karma?

If we take into consideration the behavior of certain animals whose intelligence and perception are radically different from our human perspective (e.g. a flatworm , a jellyfish or even an Amoeba) ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

We know bad actions result in bad reactions. If a parent beats his kid for his studies, will he accumulate bad karma? If not, then, if the parent locks him in the house, don't let him play, don't ...
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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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What are Yakshas and Yakshinis? Are they spiritually advanced astral beings? Are they powerful than humans? [duplicate]

I read over internet that Yakshas and Yakshinis if worshipped can bestow almost all material comforts upon you. Is it true? What made them so powerful? Were they spiritual in their Human lives? What ...
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Donating money or food to beggars, and its karmic results [duplicate]

I have heard that it is better to donate food (or clothes etc.), instead of money, to beggars. The reason is that if the beggars mislead the donor into thinking that they will use the money to buy ...
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If all my sufferings are due to my previous life's karma I did, then what is the evidence that in my previous life I did bad karma?

Hindu puranas and scriptures says all sufferings and happiness are due to the karma we did in our previous life. If so, then what is the evidence about my previous life' s karma. How can I blindly ...
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Why Ganga-snan(bath in Ganga) remove all sin that you have done? [duplicate]

I know that there is very well known ritual called Ganga-snan in north-east Indian states and Bangladesh. It is said that If you bath in river Ganga, then all sin that you have done, are removed. But ...
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Is Karma good or bad, dependent on intent or result?

Sometimes, in this big city, when I travel, I often come across many unfortunate people, beggars, mutilated, helpless. Sometimes, I want to help them and I do. But, every time I am left wondering, ...
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Can evil eyes affect innocents?

Can evil eyes/black magic affect both children, adults with spiritual devotional dharmic peaceful innocent absolutely righteous, never did any adharmic deeds to not a single sentient living being,in ...

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