What is Karma

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

What is Karma

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.

The Law of Karma

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.


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