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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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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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By killing mosquito/bedbugs take us to hell? [duplicate]

Some castes don't consume meat because of some religious traditions and practices. But knowingly or unknowingly we all have killed insects. For example, even microorganisms that enables curd from ...
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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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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 ...
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What is karma's relationship with Gunas?

Let's say there are two individuals A and B both destined to lose a loved one at a given point in life due to past life Karma. Now both can feel differently post this event. A can feel sad, dejected ...
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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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How is the law of karma valid when so many people from wealthy houses are unethical but to be born in those houses requires good karma?

Growing up in school I would see bullies. Many of these bullies would be spoiled kids of rich parents. In fact, I've seen this trend where the more rich and affluent a family the more spoiled and ...
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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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I assume that I killed a bunny baby by stepping on it accidentally [closed]

I go to a dog park with my dog every evening. One day I with my friends found a burrow with some baby bunnies inside it. We put some notice paper to suggest everyone to be careful about bunnies. I ...
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Is Karma transferable from one person to another according to śruti (Vedas, Upaniṣads, etc.)?

The Mahābhārata narrates the story of King Somaka and his chief priest who conduct a human sacrifice but only the priest is seen spending time in hell for his actions. And as the conversation between ...
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Can one postpone karma effect?

We know that noone can escape karma, but if someone does puja to have a result in his favor, then what will happen to result, will that be changed in his favor even he was supposed to get bad. When ...
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Looking for source for law of karma [duplicate]

I have heard since childhood that one always has to pay for his paap or punya karma even when no one is watching. Therefore one should be good to every creature even though it cannot harm us. My ...
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Does Bhagvad Gita 8.5 and 8.6 say that karma can be overcome at time of death?

This is what BG 8.5 and 8.6 say Bhagavad Gita 8.5 Those who relinquish the body while remembering Me at the moment of death will come to Me. There is certainly no doubt about this. Bhagavad Gita 8.6 ...
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Pre-buddhism references to the Karmic cycle in Vedas/Upanishads [duplicate]

Do any clear-cut references to the Karmic cycle exist in Hindu scriptures from before the Buddha's time?
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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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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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