Karma is a law or principle that is derived from ancient Hindu texts. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda, one of the ancient Hindu texts. The meaning of karma has been interpreted in different ways across other Hindu texts like the Brahmanas and Upanishads. It is expressed as a cause and effect or a chain reaction based on an individual’s action. It means actions or deeds in Sanskrit. In a religious realm, it describes how ethical actions that an individual makes affect their next lifetime. For example, if an individual treats neighbors harshly then in the next lifetime they will be affected. It is used to explain the evil deeds that carry over to a person’s fortune in the future.
Understanding karma could be explained in such a way that if situation A occurs then situation B will occur in a result of the initial situation. In this world, the conduct of what people choose to do depends on good or evil. The choices we make is because of free will and what we decide to do with is regarded according to deeds. People become arrogant and choose to commit deeds still expect their fortune will be greatly multiplied.
Bad karma is commonly used when discussing karma. Hindus believe that those evil deeds are tied to a person’s soul which is called atman and rebirth (samsara). This person is expected to live a life of poor conditions in the rebirth. The Hindu texts suggest many ways these evil deeds can be reversed. Activities such as pilgrimages, prayers, and acts of devotion can be seen as good karma. Positive karmic energy and these deeds as well will carry over in the next lifetime in better conditions than this current life.
Karma is manifested in four ways according to Hinduism. One way is what we thinkur thoughts can be malicious or beneficial to others. actions we perform others another way to exhibit karma. Another is how others perform actions when we have given them instructions. The last demonstration of karma is our words and how we speak. Hindus believe that is the main powerhouse of all consciousness. After learning about the four ways is demonstrated, Hindus believe that there
Sanchita is karma that has been collected over a person’s lifetime.
There is prarabdha karma (fruit-bearing) that is taken from sanchitakarmaas karma that is experienced in the present lifetime. In other words, it is karma from the past that resurfaces in the present. It may appear as constant issue or trouble in someone’s life.
The last type of karma isriyamana which is the karma that is produced in the current and transfer that karmic energy for the future lifetime. Since Hindus believe in reincarnation, karma is cycled for many lifetimes which is why people suffer the consequences of their evil deeds in the next lifetime.