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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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Interesting Question about Karma

I read and people say that for being a human before that we need to go for several lives of creature then we got this human life. And as another thing that for karma people say if we did something ...
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How karma works in Hindu philosophy? [duplicate]

One thing I'm a bit confused about: Hinduism says we must escape the cycle of birth and death and attain moksha. But how are we to do this and how is this related to karma? If my actions are very ...
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Is work worship?

There is a quote "Work is worship" Working for our goals or just working is it worship to god? What does this quote actually mean. Can loving our work lead to god? I really LOVE my work.
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Bad Karma and Moksha

Can a person who has done bad karma and not yet received its fruits, still achieve moksha? What do the scriptures say about it?
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Does kirtana of lord's name erase the yet-unmanifested effects of sanchita karma?

that which is manifested and is running is called prarabdha and it cannot be changed so it is said but that which is to be manifested in future lives can be changed by meditation on gods name ? one ...
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Does Hinduism offer solution for each and every problem of human life?

Like many other I expect Hinduism suggest a way to live life. Is it true? Can we interpret that it also means there are solutions in Hinduism to every problem one can encounter?
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Rituals after death

Are the rituals like anta-yatra, agni sanskar, pindi- dan, tri-pindi shraddha and narayan nag bali mentioned specifically in pre manusmriti texts?
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Birth after enjoying all good deeds in Heaven

If a person does many good deeds in his life. There are very few say 25% bad deeds in his life. If he enjoys all the fruits of his 75% good deeds in heaven. Then which kind of family he gets born? ...
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How real world get translated into dreams [duplicate]

In our dream we keep hearing sounds which are coming from outside environment , those sounds seamlessly blend into dream. Ex: if the alarm goes off, in dreams it blends and we dog barking ...
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Why do Hindus still perform cremation now that it is known that cremation will kill microbes?

Scientists tell us that 90% of the cells in (or on) a human body are microbes (bacteria/viruses, etc.). Most of these are essential for human life. When the dead body of a Hindu is cremated, all ...
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Effect of the three Gunas on Rebirth and Karma

Can someone explain this with examples As far as i understand, a person responds to a situation as per their guna. But are situations too tailored to the match a person's guna? My question is not ...
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Why Bheeshma being an Avatara of Ashtavasu and pious with his karma had to die in a tragic way? [duplicate]

Bheeshma being an Avatara died in a tragic way. He had to sleep on an arrow bed till death. Why this happened? What karma succumbed him to death in such a horrific way? Is there any reason provided ...
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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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Karma-Stimulus Paradox

Consider a thought experiment :- I have an enemy. He wants to shoot me. Case A: If I receive the bullet on my body, then the most general explanation given by Hinduism is that I had a bad karma (प्रा...
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According to Gita , how can a person do repentance if he/she cannot fulfill the promise (mannat) [duplicate]

I have seen many people make promises to God in return of personal benefits but they eventually forgot. So is there any way to perform repentance for the failure of fulfilling such promises?
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What is MANN and whom we say I (main). [duplicate]

i want to know what is mann. often we say mann nahi kar raha. either we say i don't want to do this. is I(main) and Mann are same.
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Why did all Uppandavas (Abhimanyu, Ghatotkach and all other children of Pandavas) die in the Kurukshetra war? [duplicate]

Was there any specific reason as to why all of pandavas sons die in the kurukshetra war? Some reason associated with their karma of their previous births?
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Can I say my Dharma is Karma? [closed]

I do not subscribe to any religion. I am confused about my Dharma. Can I say my Dharma is Karma?
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Can bad Karma gained by misunderstanding? [closed]

Suppose someone pretending to be me said something or lied/spread lies, something bad about me & maybe about someone I know too, to themselves(like Man-in-the-middle- attack) who are dharmic ...
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what is practical application of non doership?

If I am not doer, How should I spend my day? Should i abandon personal goals as if I am not doer, how can I ensure action on those goals. Also if I am just witnessing actions under compulsion of ...
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Forgiveness of SIN [duplicate]

In hinduism, if someone has sinned then how can his/her sin be forgiven? What are the procedures or practices to get your sin washed? And how will you know that your sin has been forgiven?
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Is there an end to suffering? [duplicate]

We have met in the past Yuga. We are meeting again in this Yuga. We will meet again in next Yuga. And so on... Is there an end to this suffering , in general not just my own ,of taking birth and ...
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Why demons take birth ? And they do not vanished as they do anything wrong? [duplicate]

God knows everything like present , future and past than why did they not vanish the demons as they take birth. These demons upset the earth by their act like killing , raping , corruption etc. From ...
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Destiny vs Efforts [closed]

As per shrimad bhagwat geeta, everyone should do their respective karmas and putting their efforts and do not focus on outcome. Now I am asking my question through a scenario. If my wallet is stolen ...
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What is the need for hell when we also have to suffer the reactions of karma [duplicate]

It is my understanding that we all have to either enjoy or suffer for our actions good or bad- in millions of life times if we continue to be in ignorance. That being the case, what is the need to ...
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What exactly is Karma? [duplicate]

Till now, I just had an idea like karma is meant but the work you do. But in the comment section of the question http://hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/9526/asking-questions-against-creation-and-...
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Bad Karma and Success [duplicate]

Many people become rich, successful and powerful by unfair means like fraud/scam etc. As a result, many people in the path of Dharma are not able to compete with them. It tempts good people to follow ...
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What view does Hinduism take of same sex union? [duplicate]

Christianity and Islam detest same sex union or more accurately same sex marriage, I am not saying this but world over priests and imams are , I was curious if there is any mention of same sex union ...
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Punishment for bad karma after death also and after getting new body also? [duplicate]

I was reading this short story of Ajamila from hindu purana. It was clearly stating that : The Yamadutas were bewildered. "Why are these effulgent and beautiful personalities checking our action? ...
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Interesting things in Garuda Purana chapter 15 [closed]

While listening to today's Garuda Purana disclosure found a beautiful chapter 15 (An Account of the Coming to Birth of People who have done Good) . In this chapter The Purana in detail explains how ...
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Is the Karma theory falsifiable? Is there an accurate definition of the Karma theory? [closed]

Do we understand enough about the Karma theory that it can be accurately defined so that if someone wanted to refute the theory, they can provide evidence to disprove it? In other words, is the Karma ...
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Does intent matter when it comes to Karma?

I can't understand the role intent has to play when it comes to Karma. Let's just say I am giving to charity (in line with the norms laid down). But I know at the back of my mind that I am doing ...
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Reuniting in After Life for unnatural death

1.Does two suicide soul (two person who committed suicide but not at a same time) can meet in after life? 2.Do soul recognize each other after death? 3.Do they hold any memory of this earthly life? ...
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In the Bhagavadgītā, what are some objections to its proposed solutions to the paradox of action?

For those un-familiar with indian philosophy, the Bhagavadgītā is a text that proposes a solution to the problem of rebirth. This problem of rebirth is as follows: We are in an endless cycle of life ...
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History of the 12 laws of karma

The twelve laws are: The Great Law: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” The Law of Creation: “What we desire comes through participation.” The Law of Humility: “Refusal to accept what is will still be ...
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Does bad karma done in God's consciousness have consequences?

Does a karma which is considered bad, but is done in God's consciousness have consequences?
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“Everything is predetermined” - Ramana Maharishi. Can someone please provide an explanation or sources which delve into this further? [duplicate]

Below is from one of the talks with Ramana Maharishi Day by Day with Bhagavan”, Pg 78, (on 4.1.46, afternoon)] “With reference to Bhagavan’s answer [above] to Mrs. Desai’s question on the evening ...
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Are there any restrictions on consumption of alcohol on special occasions [duplicate]

Are there any restrictions on consumption of alcohol on special occasions? please give the references from the sacred texts.
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Non fruitful actions [duplicate]

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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Does Hinduism view homosexuality as a karmic punishment? [duplicate]

Ok this might be a bit controversial post. I have some friends who recently came and told me they're gay although they don't look gay as stereotypes would like us to believe. They look just like other ...
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Do we have any information about previous births of Yudishthir, Bheem, Nakul and Sehdev? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata, we see that Pandava brothers have suffered a lot. Even when they were suppose to rule, they had to spend their large part of life in forests or fighting their own cousins or family ...
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Karmic result of a gay man marrying a straight woman fraudulently

What could be the karmic punishment of a gay man who marries woman without telling her that he's gay, but fulfills her sexual and other needs and woman doesn't doubt it? Are there any scriptures that ...