A human being is not just the Atman or the Self. He also has a physical body, a subtle body and a causal body. Karma applies to the subtle body. Your confusion is because you have forgotten the 3 bodies of a Jiva.
Nothing happens to the atman which is merely a witness. It is the subtle body that is affected by death. Check Gita 2.17-2.22 for the answer to ...
I think Arya Samaj is the only sect which doesn't believe in astrological predictions.
Eclipses and the like events are foretold with the help of Science of
Astronomy and not of Astrology. Astronomy is a true science, while
Astrology, excepting in so far as it is relates to the natural influence of the planets such as the heat of the sun, coolness of the
Doesn't our whole life is influenced by our previous karmas?
Our life is influenced by prarabdha karma (karma of previous life) but they do not completely influence our life. Prarabdha can only contribute or counteract in our karma. But it cannot stop us from doing karma. Suppose if a person is going for an important work in car and suddenly his car stop due ...
The following verse shows that fasting leads to accumulation of merit (Punya or good Karma).
Manu 2.188. He who performs the vow (of studentship) shall constantly
subsist on alms, (but) not eat the food of one (person only); the
subsistence of a student on begged food is declared to be equal (in
merit) to fasting.
And verses like the ones given below show ...