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 performed sacrifices etc.) the ascent is to the abode of Yama, and after having experienced (the results of their evil works) the descent (to the earth again ...
The simple answer is, for getting punishment of the committed sins.
But then the question becomes, as you have raised, why someone would experience the results in hell when he has to also experience the results of his bad actions on earth itself? This is a nice question. It is known as the problem of double retribution. To understand the reason of why or ...
Yamaloka generally means the province of Yama. It's not actually same as Naraka (hell), but generally said so. After a person dies then he is taken to Yamaloka. Yama as the judge from Chitragupta's account determines the person's sins and virtues. Then as per that he sends the person either to hell or heaven.
So as per my experience from the scriptures I ...
It is not necessarily that one only experiences his karma in this life or the next one. For example, there are numerous references in the Puranas (Padma, Skanda, etc) that state that for a particular action, one will have to take birth as a dog for 100 lives. So the actions have the power to act in many lives going forward.
To answer this question fully, it ...
Is there a real character called Chitragupta?
"Brahman said, 'O highly blessed
one, excellent is the duty that thou
hast enunciated, together with its
secret ritual. Praise be to thee! I
grant thee this boon, viz., that thy
penances will continually increase!'
"Yams said, 'I have heard from thee
an excellent and agreeable
As per Hindu Mythology, there are 14 worlds or LOKAS in existence.
7 of these worlds exist above the plane that humans exist on.
The highest Loka is Satya Loka. This is where Brahma or the supreme conciousness exists, free from the feathers of birth and death.
The dimension under that is know as Tap loka. This world is inhabited by immortal beings, who ...
Yes he is mentioned in many Puranas (like Agni, Varaha, Devi Bhagavata etc) as the accountant of Yama - the God of death. Whenever, Yama is mentioned, Chitragupta is also mentioned along with.
From Agni Purana:
Since he [Yama] keeps tally of all good deeds and all sins. Yama is
also known as the god Dharma. Those who have done good deeds are
Why he had to visit Yamaloka is mentioned at the start of Kathopanishad itself. It was actually due to his father.
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Vahasrava, being desirous of heavenly rewards (at the Viswajit
sacrifice), made a gift of all that he possessed. He had a son by the
name of Nachiketas.
II. When the offerings were being distributed, faith (...
What are the different types of lokas like the yamaloka,swargaloka, prithiviloka, pitrloka, bramhaloka , dhwarka dham etc ?
My dear son Nārada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary
systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known
as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, is situated on
the thighs; the ...
Garuda Purana deals with the journeys of a soul after it discards the body. This is a dialogue between Lord Mahavishnu and His mount Garuda. Chapter 3 deals with the torments of Yama. Here Chitragupta, his role, his helpers and aides are described. Without quoting the Sanskrit text, I reproduce below the English translation by Ernest Young and S.V....
Go through Yudhisthira’s definition of self-realization.
Yudhisthira on Emancipation
There are two well-known paths (for us), viz, the path of the Pitris
and the path of the gods. They that perform sacrifices go by the
Pitri-path, while they that are for salvation, go by the god-path. By
penances, by Brahmacharya, by study (of the Vedas), the great ...