Definition of Karma

1. Noun. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation.

Category relationships: Hindooism, Hinduism, Buddhism
Generic synonyms: Destiny, Fate

Definition of Karma

1. n. One's acts considered as fixing one's lot in the future existence. (Theos.) The doctrine of fate as the inflexible result of cause and effect; the theory of inevitable consequence.

Definition of Karma

1. Noun. (context: Hinduism Buddhism) The concept of "action" or "deed" in Indian and Nepalese religions understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called samsara) described in the dharmic traditions, namely: Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist philosophies. The total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of his existence, regarded as determining his next incarnation. ¹

2. Noun. A distinctive feeling, aura, or atmosphere. ¹

3. Noun. The idea that one reaps what one sows; destiny; fate. ¹

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Definition of Karma

1. the force generated by a person's actions [n -S] : KARMIC [adj]

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Literary usage of Karma

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1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"karma Translated from the Visuddhi-Magga (chap, xvii.) THE kinds of karma are those already briefly mentioned, as consisting of the triplet beginning with ..."

2. Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrinesby Nyanatiloka by Nyanatiloka (1972)
"XIX, the first of the seven karmic impulsive-moments (kamma javana; $. javana} is considered as 'karma ripening during the life-time', the seventh moment as ..."

3. Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Himalayan Academy, Master Subramuniya (2003)
"One ofthe most important principles in Hindu thought, karma refers to i) any act or deed; ... karma is a neutral, self-perpetuating law ofthe inner cosmos, ..."

4. The Yoga-system of PataƱjali: Or, The Ancient Hindu Doctrine of by PataƱjali, Vyāsa, Vācaspatimiśra (1914)
"Because persons who have renounced all karma, do not come into activity with reference to any karma which can be attained by outer means-of-attainment. ..."

5. Buddhism in Translations: Passages Selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books by Henry Clarke Warren (1900)
"Moreover, your majesty, The Blessed One has said as follows: ' All beings, O youth, have karma as their portion ; they are heirs of their karma ; they are ..."

6. The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1893)
"It is not, therefore, karma that rewards or punishes, but it is we who reward ... Were no man to hurt his brother, karma-Nemesis would have neither cause to ..."

7. Sacred Writings (1910)
"karma Translated from the Visuddhi-Magga (chap, xvii.) THE kinds of karma are those already briefly mentioned, as consisting of the triplet beginning with ..."

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