You asked “What is Karma”?
The very definition of karma is action or work. The karma word used in Gita for karma yoga means - work or action. It doesn’t mean karma as in “residual karma or sanchit or parbadh karma” (when talking in regards to karma yoga)
From Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda -
The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit Kri, to do; all ...
Mistaking Karma Yoga as karma
You should remember that Gita is talking to Sannyasis and not to worldly folk when Gita asks us to perform actions without desiring for the fruit. Gita is talking about Karma Yoga and not merely about karma. A worldly person would find it very difficult to do karma without desiring for the fruit.
Definition of Karma Yoga
Bhagwad Gita, Chapter 3 talks a lot about Karma. While the whole chapter is essential to understand Karma Yoga, I am reproducing few shlokas here, relevant to the question.
Is Karma optional? No, it's inherent property
Karma is not avoidable. We continue to do karma without stopping even for a second. One can't run away from it. This is because all entities ...
Does this also mean that all action is to be done without any motive behind it?
Not necessarily. All actions is to be done as a duty without expectations and attachment to results. There should not be motive for personal gains or pleasures.
niyataṃ kuru karma tvaṃ karma jyāyayo hy-akarmaṇaḥ | śarīra-yātrā’pi
ca te na prasiddhayed akarmaṇaḥ || 8 ||
8. You ...
Conduct and character
These are the primary reasons why a brahmin is a brahmin.
He, however, that is born a Brahmana falls away from his status through his own evil acts. Hence, the Brahmana, after having attained to the status of the first order, should always protect it (by his acts).
Neither birth, nor the purificatory rites, nor ...
There are many ideas about how one becomes a Brahmana.
Sage Bhrigu's view on Brahmana
The sage Bhrigu said, ‘There is really no distinction between the
different orders. The whole world at first consisted of Brahmanas.
Created (equal) by Brahman, men have, in consequence of their acts,
become distributed into different orders. They that became fond of
A person need not be a religious person to be a brahmin. There are six orthodox vedic schools and they are defining brahmin in many ways.
The problem is that there are four groups. Vedic hinduism, old vedantians like Adi Shankaracharya, neo-hinduism like arya samaj and agniveer, and neo-vedantians like swami vivekananda.
Vedic hindus and older vedantians, ...
A jivanmukti is free from karmic consequence, good or bad, and from suffering. That’s because karma is generated in the consciousness (some would call this awareness) not in the pure chit of the Self. If you wanted, you could say he/she does not engage in karmic activity, but ultimately the two are equivalent - he has stopped generating karma and is free.
look most of the people get it wrong the real meaning here is arjuna asks krinshna about doing a war is sin and i don't want to do this anymore and I'd rather live my life as a sadhu or bhikshuk but when krishna tells him in later adhyaas that how paap punya and moksha works i.e when your punya gets hiegher frim a perticular level you promoted to the next ...
The closest reference that I can find to this question is from Vachanamrut. In Vadatal prakaran, Lord Swaminarayan answering to sadhu’s question says
The two types of bodies, sthul and sukshma, are both intimately associated with the kāran body in the same way that a tree is intimately associated with its seed. That is why it is called the kāran body. This ...
According to britannica.com
Mitra, in the pantheon of Vedic Hinduism, one of the gods in the category of Adityas, sovereign principles of the universe. He represents friendship, integrity, harmony, and all else that is important in the successful maintenance of order in human existence
Yes, Karma of individuals impact their descendants. This was mentioned by Emperor Yayati when Galava along with Garuda came to him seeking assistance in Udyoga Parva.
I cannot, however, O ranger of the skies, make thy advent here a fruitless one. Nor can I venture to frustrate the hopes entertained by this regenerate Rishi. I shall, therefore, give him that ...