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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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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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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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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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Does she/he should leave noble/Good works or stop praying God because there is no output in doing noble/good works and praying the God?

Sometimes when you prayed something to God, like please make my life successful, but its doesn't happen even after praying for long time. My question is that does she/he should leave noble/Good ...
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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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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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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 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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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 purpose of Karma Yoga? Is it mandatory for everyone to do?

What is the purpose of Karma Yoga. What does it do? Is it compulsory for everyone who is worker to do it? Can any work be done as karma yoga?
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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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Does Atalashanti prakarana of Mandukya Upanishad contradict/demolish karma siddhanta?

The gist of Atalashanti Prakarana of Mandukya upanishad appears to be that cause & effect are constructs of an unrealized mind, and consciousness is unborn/eternal. Several verses in this ...
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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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Difference between Kartavya and Dharma?

I have heard these two terms many times. Karma (deeds) can be considered as either Kartavya or Dharma. But which kind of Karma is Kartavya or which one is Dharma. For example: If a son does seva to ...
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Why choose doing “good” when there is no ultimate good or evil?

Why should one choose to do good over evil? Maybe your evil is my good and your good is my evil? There is no ultimate good or evil, so whats the reason to do "good" deeds then? All ways lead to God, ...
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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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Wish to Circumambulate Around Mt. Kailash [closed]

I wish to circumambulate around Mount Kailash on foot. This is roughly 33 miles of mountaineous terrain. Many people do this for spiritual reasons, i.e circumambulate once to wash away your sins, ...
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What can one see of the future by realizing the Supreme?

Since some events in our lives are pre-determined and some are not (from here), if one gets knowledge of supreme and he's able to see the future, would he see only some things (pre-determined) that ...
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What is Prarabdha? [duplicate]

What is Prarabdha? Who defines our Prarabdha? Is our Prarabdha pre-defined? Are we doing our Karmas based on our Prarabdha? Are we accumulating our Prarabdha based on our positive or negative ...
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Is sin associated with karma or karma along with thoughts?

There are several tasks (karma's) a human being can do. Does sin is associated with the task that human is performing? or it is associated with the thoughts of the human being, who is performing ...
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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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Is there a collective term for all entities that incur Karma?

Certainly humans, and it looks like animals are part of the Karmic progression - like in the Gajendra story. does this list of Karma-bound entities vary by different traditions?
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What led Bhishma Pitamah to arrow bed in Mahabharat battle? [duplicate]

I want to know that What kind of past deeds led Bhishma Pitamah to suffer on Bed of Arrows in Mahabharat battle. Is there any karma theory relate Bhishma Pitamah to be in the bed of arrows? or any ...
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Can bad karma or sins be really washed away? [duplicate]

As we know, the karmic accounts of good karma and bad karma are different. If we do good karma, we get good fruits, and if we do bad karma, we get bad fruits. Good karmas do not counter-balance bad ...
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Sin and holiness

Can any god among 330 million Hindu gods save a sinner and make him/her holy? Please give references from Hindu Scriptures. (Not your own version as a Hindu but quotation from an authentic ...
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Donation at good place with certain mentioned intention accumulates good karma?

As we all know , Donation at sattvika place (having guarantee that our donation will get use for good cause ) is a good karma. But what if we donate with the intension - "Hey god, I am donating this ...
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How does karma protect everyone?

I have doubt regarding karma. Let me explain my doubt with example. Today a beggar's fate was to get only one rupee but with my freewill I am giving him 4 rupees extra money. What I gave added as ...
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What should we believe in- Karma or Fortune? [closed]

Hindu Dharma(religion) belief on Karma(work) and Karmaphala(result of work). By which we can say that if we do good work then the result will also be good. And if we do bad work then the result will ...
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Harm/Infliction/Pain/Negativity in Hinduism?

I was just reading about Hinduism online and I'm fascinated my it. I do have a question though. From what I understand, one of the principles of Hinduism is to not inflict suffering on another being. ...
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Where is this statement “Destiny determines the consequences…” found?

Does anyone know the source for the following quote? Destiny determines the consequences of our actions but not the actions themselves. I heard that this is told by Vidura to Dhritarastra. This ...
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Charity For Anscestors

Is there any merit of making charity on the name of ancestors to us? We often do charity on our name that for sure directly gives us merit. But Is there any merit to us if we do charity on the name ...
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According to Dvaita philosophy , is Parmatma involved in Karma?

Parmatma is not just a witness.In my previous question it became apparent that the Parmatma had certain responsibilities to fulfill. Parmatma is bestower of blessings and punishment. If a person does ...