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Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?

This is a very good question because most of us often wonder about it many times. So I am explaining it with an example. It will be a bit lengthy, so please read it with patience. Also make sure to ...
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Does the karma from the previous life affects the current life?

Yes, it does. To know why we have to reborn even though we underwent & experienced some karmic outcome in the same life we need to understand the three types of Karma, viz. sanchita or arjita(...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods or goddesses?

A punishment which one has to face in the afterlife is given in Devi Bhagavata Purana 9.33. The wretch that abuses Mûla Prakriti, the Vedas, the S’âstras, Purânas, Brahmâ, Visnu, S’iva and the ...
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What happens after death?

Because no one has actually seen what happens after death, there are multiple beliefs regarding this. But the yogis through their eyes of knowledge know the movement of the beings before and after ...
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How exactly does karma work?

A complex topic, but I will try to give the basics and make some points. First, let's understand what creates karma from the Vaishnava perspective. In the Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 4.16-23), Krishna ...
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Can a Brahmana raise a war or kill someone?

The Brahmins can indeed raise war in times of emergencies or when their life is endangered or when the situation demands so. The Shastras clearly allow it. Manu Smriti ,Chapter 8,Sloka 348,says: ...
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Does god know our thoughts? and is it a sin to have lustful thoughts?

Yes God knows as he is antaryami or one who resides inside us. The Vedas say that the Brahman or God has entered our body and has established himself in the mind. Shariram brahma prAvishat. .....
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Why do we need Yamalokam?

The answer to this question is linked to the concept of residual karma. This residual karma idea and what happens to evil-doers is explained in Brahma Sutra. But of others (i.e. those who have not ...
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Clarification regarding adultery, extra-marital relations

Mutual consent does not make the actions allowable or moral. Thieves may mutually agree on robbing someone and not each other, but it does not make their actions either moral or allowable. Such ...
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Is taking interest from bank a sin?

Lending at interest is not a sin at all. Its perfectly legitimate. But usury (lending money at unreasonably high rates) is a minor sin(an Upapataka). Manu Smriti 10.115. There are seven lawful ...
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

Due to two reasons. First one is, Arjuna asked Shri Krishna as a disciple surrendering to Him, but others like the Kauravas or other Pandavs didn't ask Him like a disciple: kārpaṇya-doṣopahata-...
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Is the length of a man's life predetermined?

Yes, it is predetermined. Right when a person is a foetus in the womb, his span of life is already determined based on his past karma. Here's what chapter 32 of the Uttara Kanda of the Garuda Purana ...
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Does chanting Holy Names while doing worldly duties generate any punya karma?

Yes, chanting holy names generates good karma. This can be seen from the fact that people in past and even today use to name their children with some God names (e.g., Krishna, Shankar, Shiv, Vishnu, ...
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How do we clear our debts?

There are three types of debts as of Pitris, Devas and Rishis. One can be freed from debt of Pitris by providing a son, from debt of Devas by doing sacrifices and from debt of Rishis by pupil-ship. It ...
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'Playing football takes us nearer to heaven rather than reading Bhagavad Gita' but how and why?

Swami Vivekananda meant that a strong body can help you have the frame of mind needed to understand things like the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, and thus ultimately attain Jnana. Here's the quote in ...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods or goddesses?

From Shiva Gita, Virodhi Bhakti too if in excess resulting into devotion, can become cause of liberation. अनादरेण शाठ्येन परिहासेन मायया . शिवभक्तिरतश्चेत्स्यादन्त्यजोऽपि विमुच्यते [21] Anyone ...
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What is the source of this (Kayena vacha...) text? or Where does it come from?

The verse occurs in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here is what the sons of Rishabha tell Nimi (the solar dynasty king whom I discuss here): I consider that one whose intelligence is ...
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Is it possible for one to have animal birth after human birth?

Yes, this is a possibility according to the Vedanta schools of Sri Madhva and Sri Vallabha. This view is based on the following shloka: O son of Kunti! Falling into demoniac wombs, in life after ...
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What do scriptures say about using swear or abusive words for cursing people?

Almost all cultures & civilizations have warned against harsh speeches. Even the sarcasm or the criticism also mustn't be cruel in nature. Better to withdraw them. During SabhA Parva, when ...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods or goddesses?

Such actions can be done in following ways: Unintentional One doesn't intend to harm, but due to some indirect actions, a person ends up damaging something. This doesn't result in anything as there ...
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Will someone be punished again after death after once being already punished on the earth?

No, A person can't get punishment of same sin twice. After getting punishment of his sin, person becomes sinless. If a King punish a culprit for his sin Or he shows mercy on culprit, in either case ...
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Do birth marks signify anything?

Do birth marks tell something about the previous birth or reveal any other facts? Yes they do Garuda Purana - Vol. one - Achar Kanda - Chapter -64,65 are about Samudrika science which gives us detail ...
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How do we clear our debts?

The three debts (as already said in the other answers) are: Deva Rina, Rishi Rina and Pitru Rina. Manu Smriti 4.257. When he has paid, according to the law, his debts to the great sages, to the ...
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What kind of 'Paapa' results in losing an organ of the body?

Vishnu Smriti and Satatapa Smriti are two such scriptures that extensively deal with this topic. These texts link various sins committed in previous lives with the diseases/bodily deformities that one ...
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What happens after death?

Every living thing is having "Athma" or "soul". In Hinduism, body is illusion and the "Athma" is true and the reality. After death, Athma will take rebirth until it is merged with the supreme one ...
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How does Karma work for a person who has converted to Hinduism?

Karma is what you had done and what you are doing in your life time. So Karma will be there from the very next moment of your birth. There is nothing to do with Hindu, Muslim or Christian. The ...
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How can heaven-hell concept and rebirth concept both be true?

You said, "sinners go to Naraka (Hell)", yeah true. But what happened to the "sinner" there? Scriptures say, they get tormented in ways that can't be imagined. Who is the Sinner then? Note that the ...
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Are new souls created?

Souls are never actually created; here is what Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of ...
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Does re-birth take place immediately after death according to Hinduism?

No, not immediately. As per the scriptures, depending upon his good/virtuous and bad/sinful actions, the jivatama will be taken to Yama and after judgement he will first experience the results of his ...
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What does happens to Prarabdha Karma while sleeping?

Swamiji has quoted great verses in support that waking state karma does not get meted out in dreams state. But as moonstar2001 has commented, there are differing views on this. Since you mentioned Sri ...
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