Karma is a common English word of Indian origin, which means to 'act'. More specifically, Karma is "volitional action that is undertaken deliberately or knowingly".
The law of cause and effect forms an integral part of Hindu philosophy. Interestingly, the theory of karma harps on the Newtonian principle that every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. Every time we think or do something, we create a cause, which in time will bear its corresponding effects.
According to the ways of life chosen by a person, his karma can be classified into three kinds. The satvik karma, which is without attachment, selfless and for the benefit of others; the rajasik karma, which is selfish where the focus is on gains for oneself; and the tamasik karma, which is undertaken without heed to consequences, and is supremely selfish and savage... Read more
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