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  Karma in Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Karma is a concept in Hinduism, based on the Vedas and Upanishads, which explains causality through a system where beneficial events are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful events from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout a person's reincarnated lives.
Karma in Hinduism is used to explain the problem of evil that persists in spite of an omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent God; it is thus related to theodicy.
Karma refers to the totality of mankind's actions and their concommitant reactions in current and previous lives, all of which determine the future.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Karma_in_Hinduism   (2221 words)

 Basic Buddhism: The Theory of Karma
The theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism.
A child’s past Karma may be compared to the seed: the physical disposition of the mother to the soil; and that of the father to the moisture, which fertilised the soil.
Karma determines the realm of rebirth and the state of existence in that realm of all transient being (in the cycle of existences, which have to be traversed till the attainment, at last, of Nibbana).
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/karma.htm   (6534 words)

 Fundamentals of Buddhism: Karma
In this case, it is kushala or akushala karma, karma that is wholesome or unwholesome.
Karma, be it wholesome or unwholesome, is modified by the conditions under which the actions are performed.
Neutral karma is karma that has no moral consequence either because the very nature of the action is such as to have no moral consequence or because it is done involuntarily and unintentionally.
www.buddhanet.net /fundbud9.htm   (2570 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Jain Beliefs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Karma is a logical and understandable way of making sense of good and evil, the different qualities of different lives and the different moral status of different types of creature, without having to involve rules laid down by a god.
Karma particles are attracted to the jiva (soul) by the actions of that jiva (soul).
The quantity and nature of the karma particles sticking to the soul cause the soul to be happy or unhappy and affect the events in the soul's present and future lives.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/jainism/beliefs/beliefs6.shtml   (600 words)

 Karma. II. The Doctrine. Translated from the Visuddhi-Magga (chap. xvii.). 1909-14. Buddhist Writings. The Harvard ...
As regards the other three, bodily karma consists of the thoughts of the body, vocal karma of the thoughts of the voice, mental karma of the thoughts of the mind.
For bodily karma consists of an even score of thoughts, namely, of the eight meritorious thoughts which belong to the realm of sensual pleasure and of the twelve demeritorious ones.
As, therefore, karma exists when ignorance exists but not when it does not exist, it is to be understood that this karma depends on ignorance.
www.bartleby.com /45/3/204.html   (388 words)

Karma, in its simplest form, is a belief in the law of cause and effect, i.e., the rebirth of a soul into a lifetime where the trials and tribulations or the joys and happiness encountered may be punishment or reward for deeds done in previous incarnations.
Karma does not have to be viewed simply as a means to force us into predictable behavior, but can be thought of as the means to allow for the soul’s evolution.
Karma insists on the individual being responsible for his or her own deeds and misdeeds and that actions in a past or current life will give shape and substance to the individual evolution of a soul.
www.halexandria.org /dward430.htm   (4035 words)

 Karma; The Laws of Cause and Effect
Karma is the physical manifestation of the law of balance and harmony, as it applies to the results of decisions reached and attitudes held by beings capable of free will and choice.
Hinduism sees karma as immutable law with involuntary and voluntary acts being part of a more intricate system of cause and effect that is often not comprehensible to one bound by karma.
While the action of karma may be compared with the Western notions of sin and judgment by God or gods, Karma is held to operate as an inherent principle of the Universe without the intervention of any supernatural being.
www.thenazareneway.com /karma.htm   (2647 words)

Karma is based upon the phenomena of cause and effect which denotes both action and reaction that extend through many lifetimes.
There are three types of karma: "agent-karma" which is concerned with the present cause and effect, and will influence future lives; "prarabdha-karma" which had already been caused and is in the process of being effected; and, "sanchita-karma" which has been accumulated but has not yet been effected.
Karma is normally thought of as a term used by eastern religions such as previously mentioned.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/k/karma.html   (695 words)

 Theosophy : Karma by Annie Besant : AnandGholap.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The causative karma is com­plete, and the physical act has become the inevitable effect, when it has reached the stage at which another repetition of the mental image means its passing into action.
All such arise from the working of the Lords of Karma, and are the physical manifestation of the deformities necessitated by the errors of the Ego, by his excesses and defects, in the mould of the etheric double made by them.
Thus evil karma is checked in its very inception, and naught is left to make a karmic tie between the one who shot a shaft of injury and the one who burned it up by pardon.
www.anandgholap.net /Karma-AB.htm   (9872 words)

 The Truth of Karma
This law of Karma, or cause and effect, is so powerful that it governs everything in the universe except, according to Buddhism, the one who is Enlightened or who recognizes basic nature.
However, Karma operates more closely with the Buddhist view as formulated by the Buddha, acting more or less in feedback loops, with the present moment being shaped both by past and by present actions; present actions shape not only the future but also the present.
Karma is such a vast subject that I could talk for hours without exhausting the material.
www.angelfire.com /electronic/bodhidharma/karma_truth.html   (2996 words)

 Review: Korg Karma music workstation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
As nightsky.mp3 shows, some of the Karma combis are sufficiently filled with filter-y MIDI trickery that just playing a chord, standing on the sustain pedal and sipping a refreshing beverage conveys the impression that considerable knob-twiddling is in progress.
The Karma's user interface continues a fine tradition in the keyboard world by having menus that are accessed in funny ways, configuration options that aren't obvious, peculiar event sequences, and various other features that suggest that we Earthlings have accidentally been given the firmware that was meant for plant people from galaxy M83.
KARMA doesn't, generally, entirely eat and reprocess what you're playing; if your left hand's controlling the bass and rhythm section, there's likely to still be a definite bass note in response to every keypress, noticeable in the mix among all of the other stuff.
www.dansdata.com /karma.htm   (6203 words)

As the notion of karma developed (as early as the Brahmanas) into a larger-scale device for explaining the world and its changes, it never lost this focus on the individual actor; ultimately, karma and its consequences remain solely the responsibility of the individual.
Karma is further differentiated from mechanism in that although the actions you take in this life are already predetermined by previous actions, you can still choose the manner in which you will perform those actions: with charity, or duty, or greed, or lust, or kindness, or whatever.
   The idea of karma was combined with the idea of death after death, that is, reincarnation, to form the concept of samsara, or the cycle of birth and rebirth.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/GLOSSARY/KARMA.HTM   (654 words)

Karma is intentional action, that is, a deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind.
The law of karma is a natural law of cause and effect.
Thus understanding the law of karma helps one realise that people are whatever they make themselves to be.
www.geocities.com /Tokyo/5215/karma.html   (888 words)

 Karma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.
It may also be classed as a kind of karma, although technically it is an after-karma.) There is a visual sensation of a furrowed brow and downturned mouth.
Eventually (perhaps much later) there is an unpleasant sensation of regret, perhaps taking the form of a sensation of fear that the perceived enemy may retaliate, or perhaps taking the form of remorse on having acted impetuously, like an immature child, and hping that no one will remember this childish action.
www.ncf.carleton.ca /freenet/rootdir/menus/sigs/religion/buddhism/introduction/truths/karma2.html   (483 words)

 karma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Karma is sometimes referred to as a "moral law of cause and effect." Karma is both an encouragement to do good and to avoid evil, as well as an explanation for whatever good or evil befalls a person.
Karma as understood by Van Praagh seems to make life trivial, a mere working out of a metaphysical "law" which reduces all humans to dehumanized creatures, devoid of morality and responsibility, mere causes and effects in a pointless system.
Karma is a law for slaves, for the vanquished.
skepdic.com /karma.html   (687 words)

Many people hope that their bad karma can be discharged through ritual acts rather than through the suffering of karmic consequences -- that bad karma can even be ritually turned into good karma.
Care must be taken with the developments of karmic theory, therefore, that the original point of the theory, as a theory of cosmic justice or an explanation of the Problem of Evil, is not undermined.
Since karma is and is the consequences of action, however, it might hardly seem possible to avoid karma.
www.friesian.com /karma.htm   (4124 words)

In the eyes of most Americans, karma functions like fate — bad fate, at that: an inexplicable, unchangeable force coming out of our past, for which we are somehow vaguely responsible and powerless to fight.
Buddhists, however, saw that karma acts in feedback loops, with the present moment being shaped both by past and by present actions; present actions shape not only the future but also the present.
So the Buddhist teachings on karma, far from being a quaint relic from the past, are a direct challenge to a basic thrust — and basic flaw — in our culture.
www.accesstoinsight.org /lib/authors/thanissaro/karma.html   (986 words)

 Karma Yoga
Karma is the sum total of our acts, both in the present life and in the preceding births.
Karma Yoga is performance of actions dwelling in union with the Divine, removing attachment and remaining balanced ever in success and failure.
Karma Yoga is the Yoga of action which purifies the heart and prepares the Antahkarana (the heart and the mind) for the reception of Divine Light or attainment if Knowledge of the Self.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /teachings/karmayoga.htm   (2271 words)

 Karma, Reincarnation and NDE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Karma and Reincarnation by Elizabeth C. Prophet and Patricia Spadaro.
People generally regard karma as punishment, but the great law should not be limited in that way.
The law acts in the name of equilibrium, and the damage done by the violation of balance cannot be judged by earthly measures.
www.reversespins.com /karma.html   (3505 words)

 Slashdot FAQ - Comments and Moderation
Karma is the sum of your activity on Slashdot.
Karma is used to remove risky users from the moderator pool, and to assign a bonus point to users who have contributed positively to Slashdot in the past.
Karma by its very nature fluctuates fairly dramatically, and the karma ceiling does tend to cause some ripples in that fluctuation at the top end of the scale...
slashdot.org /faq/com-mod.shtml   (5729 words)

 Erowid Yoga Vault : Karma Yoga
Karma Yoga purifies the heart by teaching us to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward.
Karma Yoga is based on the concept of Karma.
Karma stands for everything that we are not conscious of; that which we do not fully understand, or do not see for what it is. Things are seldom experienced for what they truly are, but rather for what we consider them to be.
www.erowid.org /spirit/yoga/yoga-karma.shtml   (266 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Karma neither punishes nor rewards; it is simply the one Universal LAW which guides unerringly and, so to say, blindly, all other laws productive of certain effects along the grooves of their respective causations.
Karma is, in other words, essentially a chain of causation, stretching back into the infinity of the past and therefore necessarily destined to stretch into the infinity of the future.
Karma is in no sense of the word fatalism on the one hand, nor what is popularly known as chance, on the other hand.
www.theosophy-nw.org /theosnw/ctg/kar-kq.htm   (7789 words)

Two of my personal favourite reasons to believe in karma, are that it represents ultimate justice as everyone will harvest the results of their actions, and even if karma would not exist, as long as I try to avoid negative actions, the world would be a better place to live in for everyone anyway.
Thus, action, or karma, is of two types: the action of intention and the intended action.
Karma actually refers to the action of intention but in general usage it includes the intended action and the seeds that are left in the mind as a result.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /karma.html   (3781 words)

 Karma and Reincarnation
Being philosophically-minded, I have always found the descriptions of the doctrine of karma by Eastern teachers to be frustratingly vague.
So I set out to find out what, exactly, the doctrine of karma is, and why we should believe it.
An attempt to evaluate the accuracy of the doctrine of karma, bringing a variety of different perspectives to bear upon the problem.
baharna.com /karma/mystknow.htm   (396 words)

 KARMA Austin - Austin's Premier Upscale Lounge
KARMA Lounge provides a unique atmosphere not available anywhere else in Austin.
Located two blocks away from the world famous 6th Street Scene, KARMA escapes the frenzied and crowded atmosphere of most destinations, while still retaining the energy and excitement for which the area is known.
Providing a truly enjoyable experience with plenty of seating, KARMA has a style all its own that has to be seen to be believed.
www.karma-austin.com   (181 words)

 Karma and Astrology at Astrology.com
There are a lot ways to describe karma, but it is essentially the belief that your present circumstances are the product of previous actions, and what you do today will affect what happens tomorrow.
Karma is also associated with past lives -- each time you're reborn, the energies from your previous lives influence the conditions of your current life.
Try a free sample Karma Reading to learn what the stars say about you and your karma.
karma.astrology.com   (242 words)

Karma appeared on the covers of the S.A. editions of People Magazine, ELLE, Cosmo, The Sunday Times, the London edition of TNT and many other national magazines as well as articles in Billboard etc. KARMA was soon headlining every major music festival in South Africa, and toured with Garbage in 1999.
She formed a new band called KARMA comprising of Karma-Ann Swanepoel (Vocals and Acoustic Guitar), Daniel de la Fé (Drums), Stephen Calderalo (Bass) and Christiaan Wood (Electric Guitar).
KARMA toured South Africa in support of the albums South African release in March-April 2005 performing to sold out audiences nationally and headlining festivals around the country: Oppi Koppi and Kaktus op die Vlaktes.
www.myspace.com /karma   (1641 words)

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