Chapter

Karma

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195658712
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0012
Karma

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This chapter discusses the concept of karma. This belief has had a profound influence on the life of the Indian people, and needs to be understood carefully. One way of arriving at such an understanding is to distinguish between two aspects of it. The first of these aspects is that ‘the doctrine extends the principles of causation to the sphere of human conduct, and teaches that as every event in the physical world is determined by its antecedents, so everything that happens in the moral realm is’ determined by its antecedents. The second aspect follows from the first: whatever we knowingly do, will, sooner or later, bring us the result we merit; and there is no escape from it.

Keywords: Hinduism; merit; consequences; Hindu thought; causation; antecedents

Chapter.  2120 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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