Karma (noun)

  1. The force generated by a person"s actions thought to determine the shape of that person"s future life.
  2. The effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation.


From sanskrit कर्म (karma, "action, work").


  1. Karma is a word that is commonly used to describe the idea that our actions have consequences.
  2. Many people believe that good karma will lead to a happy and successful life, while bad karma will lead to suffering.
  3. In the context of Eastern religions, karma refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where the actions of a person, both in this life and in previous lives, ultimately determine his destiny.
  4. The concept of karma is central to the belief systems of Buddhism and Hinduism.
  5. Some people believe that karma is like a kind of cosmic scorecard that keeps track of our actions and determines our fate.
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