Questions tagged [karma]

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 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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Can jivan mukta continue his/her own profession?

Suppose a person is doing a job (say farmer or acharya/professor etc.,). If (s)he becomes jivan mukta by sadhana then is (s)he bound to do his karmic activity as usual or has to leave the profession ...
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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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Why do we have to wait till next life to reap what we sow?

I wonder if there are any scriptural references or slokas that tell us why the fruits of our actions are faced by us in our next life as any jiva or as a human, and why not in this life itself?
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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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clearing past life karmas with people [duplicate]

What are the ways to clear past life karmas with parents & other people? How to forgive people & accept them regardless of your suffering? I'm wanting to know the tangible ways of working ...
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Do rituals require faith to be successful?

According to Adi Shankaracharya, Vedas consist of three parts- Karma kand (rituals like yajna, nitya karma etc.) Upasana kand (praying to devas etc.) Bramha vidya (denunciation of world, sameness of ...
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what is Luck in hinduism?

I was randomly playing a video in youtube.The person said luck counts as a quality.I thought it is indeed so curious to know what is luck in hinduism.Is it result of previous karma?
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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 ...
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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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Help regarding translation of a text from Padma Purana 7.3.47b-51

The following quote is from Padma Purana, Kriyāyogasāra-Khaṇḍa, Chapter 3 - The Story of King Manobhadra, verses 47b-51: https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-padma-purana/d/doc365844.html ...
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When you achieve Advaitic realization are you freed of all Karma?

from observing known realized souls like Ramakrishna - they are not in Samadhi all the time. Do they incur fresh Karma after realization until Mahasamadhi?
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Does a person who is very good in karma, had to survive very less on this mrityuloka (earth)?

It is believed that people take birth on this earth to attain moksha (which is the last goal) of a jivatma, so if a person who has good karma has to live very less years (or suffer) on this earth ...
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Are our actions outcome of mind & body or of soul?

I would like to understand this thing from our scriptures point of view: Are our actions outcome of our mind & body or of soul (atma)? Please cite authentic references with your answers.
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If everything happens as per one's past karma, then why we decry Islamic invasions of India and resulting plunder of our heritage? [closed]

There's a lot of angst and regret over what happened in last thousand years, but considering that India is country which gave karma principle to world, so why say "something bad happened to us." We ...
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Is it possible to do bad deeds without sense of doership?

So I think I get more or less the importance of doing good deeds without attaching sense of doership - you don't accumulate karma, ego is controlled etc. But what about bad deeds. What do scriptures ...
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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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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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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 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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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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I have torn a book of Bhagvad Gita with my own hands. I think about it everyday. Please show me the right path [closed]

I am born a saryiparin Brahmin in Uttar Pradesh, India. Although raised religiously, i started rebelling against God in my teenage and started questioning the why, how, when, what. My father comes ...
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Who are not included in Paap or Punya system? [duplicate]

The Paap and Puniya system is applicable to human beings because we have the power of reasoning. So does that mean that who doesn't have power of reasoning are not judged in this system? For example -...
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Does fate act in such a detailed and planned manner [closed]

Something really unbelievable / unexpected happened to me recently - I was about to get a new job and move to a new company. Within no time I lost both my current job and my new job. When I think ...
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Was Rama sinful?

Valmiki Ramayana Aranyakanda 63:4 I might have definitely, habitually, and desirably committed damnable deeds in my previous births, and now the result of those impious deeds is very much ripened and ...
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Making a daily checklist for vedanta karma and upasana yoga requirements [closed]

I have tried to develop a daily checklist based on my role as a sannyasa and a jnana marga to moksa. Please assist me if you find something I am lacking to progress from a mumuksu to a jijnasu. - deva ...

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