What is Karma ?

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    The concept of Dharma is based on Karma phal Siddhant. Hindu scripture from Vedas, Upanishad to Bhagavad-Gita have highlighted the importance on Law of Karma. Even though this simple principle of What is Karma is get the wrong impression very much.

    Karmaphal Siddhanta says “ what you reap that you sow”, means if I am planting a mango seed then I must expect mango fruit not any other fruit. It is as simple as that, But the fact is that the produce of your deeds whether it is good or Bad Karma or otherwise are to faced by you (Subtle Body, ie mind and intellect index) even in the next birth also. In simple words the fortune or misfortune that I am enjoying or experiencing are the results I am committed in my previous birth. This fortunes or misfortunes are the results of my Prarabdha Karma Phalas.

    There is another falsehood that Bad Karma can be rectified by using astrology or by doing rituals to appraise the divine bodies, but always remember that it is not possible as our fate is determined at time of birth. However astrology or rituals can be used to delay the event, but never wipe out the effects of the Prarabdha Karma Phalas.

    The simple approach to Gods understanding is to follow one’s minutest instincts
    So avoid that Karmas ( Tasks ) which gives feeling of dishonor, guiltyness. And proactively search for acts ( Good Karmas ) that bring feeling of happiness, satisfaction, alertness of mind. These have to be done at small level and not approximately. Thus observe that putting efforts, gaining knowledge, helping others, meditation etc give utmost satisfaction that no material thing.

    It is our own creation or assumptions that money, wealth, power, sex can bring the happiness.

    And hence think that those who get this are most happy. We feel discouraged that some people do all wrong things and get that things easy. But as per hindu ethics (Law) says, only those will be happy who use these as tools for a higher purpose. In addition to right happiness can come up to through right goals and right means or both. Here right means, I do not involve complying by human-created laws. But complying with the Laws of Karma created by Nature/Ishwar.

    Do you think that Shahrukh Khan can be more happy in life than a Dayanand Saraswati or Great Shivaji Maharaj? If you think so, you are in false impression.

    The goal of life is to seek happiness. Many may get easy access to them due to past Good Karmas and present efforts. But unless you are driven by a higher goal, it will only add to sadness.
    This is the Law of Paramatma ( Law of Karma ) and it ensures that He remains just and kind, always.

    If you want to live happily anywhere in this world, you must know the Law of Karma under which the whole Universe is governed.


    The simple and to the point definition of Karma is that ”each and every physical action or deed that you perform with the help of the mind, right from morning to evening, during the entire day and night, During the complete week, full month, entire year and entire your life right from birth to death is called Karma”.

    The Karmas are divided into three categories according to their stages as under


    Means an action done at the moment or time in the present tense which instantly gives the fruits or results in reaction then and there.

    Generally, any action that you do at any moment in the present tense will give its fruit immediately and on the spot. It is called KRIYAMAN KARMA.

    Every action is bound to have reaction, any cause is bound to have its effect and any effect is bound to have result into fixed fortune. This is the indisputable law of Karma

    Every Cause or Karma becomes calm down and subsided immediately only after its effect has been experienced.


    If you eat something and immediately your hunger will satisfied, you got the result of your deed eating. And your action is exhausted and neutralized thus cause is cleared.

    2. SANCHIT KARMA (Cumulative Karma)

    Means the actions is done but not yet developed to give fruits or on the spot but take some time to get full-grown. Such Karmas are kept in abeyance awaiting for the appropriate time to become ready, to give fruits in future. Till then they remain in balance and are accumulated (SANCHIT). They are called SANCHIT KARMA, Until their fructification, these Sanchit Karmas would not be neutralized.

    Nobody can escape or keep away from the punishment for his sinful actions, Karmas even after 50 or five hundred births. Of course, the sinful deeds will remain latent and dormant as Sanchit Karmas waiting for the appropriate time to face up to the person.

    So long as the stock of his good Karmas, things, meritorious deeds is not fully exhausted, the sinful deeds will not be able to attack the person and will bide their time, but, in any event, will not allow the person to escape. His sins will catch up with him at the most opportune time, and will definitely attack him even after hundreds and thousands of births. Thus there is neither delay nor any confusion in the GOD’s empire. God is full with both mercy and justice. There are numerous such instances and episodes in our scriptures and also in our day-to-day life propounding this set of Law of Karmas that “as you sow, so shall you reap” the fruits either immediately or in due course of time as and when they become ripe – either in the present life or in the subsequent birth or births to come.


    Means those events, from accumulated Sanchit Karmas which have developed now and are ready to give fruits. These are commonly known as fortune, luck, fate, kismet etc.

    There are plenty of Bad Karmas or arrogant mountainful of immature Sanchit Karmas piled up amounting to millions i.e. innumerable Sanchit Karmas which are deposited, in balance at the tribute of each and every person, earned and accumulated by him during his past unremembrable births since time immemorial. They do not give fruits at all in one birth. Only a very few of them, say about 5,000 Sanchit Karmas out of this whole stock become matured and ready to give fruits during one lifetime. They are called Prarabdha Karmas

    Rigorously based on these Prarabdha Karmas a person gets a particular type of body, parents, wife, children, wealth, caste, creed, race, sex, environment, etc. just appropriate to enjoy, suffer and exhaust his Prarabdha Karmas destined during his present lifespan.
    Human being cannot leave his present body till he fully enjoyed, suffered and exhausted all these Prarabdha Karmas during his present life even though he is totally laid up or suffering due to paralysis and other diseases. But as his Prarabdha Karmas meant to be enjoyed during his present lifetime are fully pooped, he immediately becomes free from this body and again gets a new body to enjoy other new Prarabdha Karmas

    There cannot be any effect without a cause. But once you have entered into any action (Karma) you are bound to face its reaction.When you create any cause it is bound to have its effect. So, before doing any sort of action (Karma), you are free to think about its possible reaction or outcome. But immediately after doing that Karma, you are not at all free to escape its consequences.
  2. rahul malik

    rahul malik New Member

    Your actions create your future. What you are experiencing right now is what karma wants you to experience.Every feeling, every thought, has been prepared especially for you, so you can learn from your past.

    You deserve everything that happens to you, good or bad. You created your happiness and your misery.

    The definition of karma? For every action there will always be a reaction. Your thoughts and actions are powerful.
  3. iandkrsna

    iandkrsna New Member

    We must know for certain that the particular position in which we are now set up is an arrangement of the supreme will in terms of our own acts in the past. The Supreme Lord is present as the localized Paramatma in the heart of every living being, as it is said in the Bhagavad-gita (13.23), and therefore he knows everything of our activities in every stage of our lives. He rewards the reactions of our actions by placing us in some particular place. A rich man gets his son born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but the child who came as the rich man’s son deserved such a place, and therefore he is placed there by the will of the Lord. And at a particular moment when the child has to be removed from that place, he is also carried by the will of the Supreme, even if the child or the father does not wish to be separated from the happy relation.
    Generally the law of karma is that one is awarded the result of one’s own actions, but in special cases, by the will of the Lord, such resultant actions are changed also. But this change can be affected by the will of the Lord only, and no other. Therefore, the example of the player cited in this verse is quite appropriate, for the Supreme Will is absolutely free to do whatever He likes, and because He is all-perfect, there is no mistake in any of His actions or reactions. These changes of resultant actions are especially rendered by the Lord when a pure devotee is involved.
  4. Karma means action, as well as the resultant reaction. If a person acts piously, the reactions will be good, whereas if he acts impiously, he is bound to suffer the sinful reactions.

    Vedic teachings talk of three karmas

    Karma means, in this context, good actions which produce a good fruit, good karma – likened to good credit.

    Vikarma means bad or sinful actions which produce a bad fruit, bad karma – likened to bad credit.

    Akarma is action which is free from reaction – actions which create neither good nor bad karmic reaction. What are these actions? They are actions done in the service of God. This is also known as Karma Yoga. Actions done for the pleasure of God are transcendental to the law of karma. Such actions free the living entity and even burn up our previously accumulated karma.

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