Karma: Gateway to Heaven or Hell?

Updated: December 27, 2012
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Karma signifies any intentional or moral act performed by an individual which reflects over his present or next life.

The Sanskrit word karma means “actions” or “deeds.”

As a religious term, karma refers to intentional moral actions that affect one’s fortunes in this life and the next. Karma is a concept common to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, but interpreted in different ways.

Karma signifies any intentional or moral act performed by an individual which reflects over his present or next life. It is a law according to which the deeds and actions of a karma natural healingperson have corresponding effects on present and future. Karma is a Sanskrit terms that means actions or deeds. In Pali, it is pronounced as Kamma. It is a concept which can be found in every religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity or Islam, but with slightly different interpretations. In Christianity and Islam, a person who commits bad karma or sin, does bad against the law of the Divine Deity which in Hinduism, sin is done against self by one’s own actions. Also the definition of Karma is slightly different like in Buddhism, karma is used for the actions that are the outcomes of one’s intention and bear fruit or result. Where as in Hindu religion, Karma creates and system of actions and reactions which is linked with one’s soul as a result of which it is bound to the wheel of rebirth.

The karmic law can also be understood in scientific terms. According to Newton’s third law, even action has an equal and opposite reaction. By seeing our life and nature, we know that whatever the action we do the same results we bear either in present or in future or in further life. If we do good deeds and think positive, good results will come back to us. But if we perform evil, evil is what we will get in reward, sooner or later.

Sometimes the present situation of our life is influence by our past actions or previous live which is also the part of the law of karma. If a person has bad karma, he is bound to the cycle of rebirths and will have to pay in those lives.

Types of Karma

In Hindu Scriptures, karma is categorized into four broad types, namely, Sanchita karma, Prarabdha karma, Agamin or Sanciyama karma and Kriyamani karma.

  • Sanchita Karma- Karmas or deeds done in the past life and have not yet yields the fruits accounts for Sanchita Karma or accumulated karmas from the past.


  • Prarabdha Karma- Whatever we are doing, thinking or saying in our present life is known as Prarabdha Karma. In general terms, it is also considered as fate of a person.


  • Agamin Karma- The seeds that we sow in our present life, that is, the actions and deeds in which we are involved currently that will become fruitful in the future life accounts for Agamin Karma or Sanciyama Karma. The consequences of present actions get summed with the nest birth cycle or any life cycle to come.


  • Kriyamani Karma- This karma stands for the actions, thoughts, words, and deeds that we have done in our current life and its fruits we have to experience either in present or in future but in this life only. This is the actual “as you sow, so shall you reap” concept of karma.

There is no being in this universe that can elude the law of karma. What the person has done will become fruitful sooner or later. Some seeds that we sow have given fruits and disappeared, some are yet to ripe in future and some are kept for the next life. It is the human desire for separate existence that keeps his soul attached with the cycle of life and death. One has to be very careful about what he does, thinks or speaks in order to lessen the karmic burden. Also by doing good deeds and self realization can help in balance the karmas and can help in leading a normal life.

One the person has paid for all his doings and achieved self realization and enlightenment he becomes free from the cycle of life and death and reaches Moksha, the ultimate destination of soul.


NadiaWritten by: Nadia (17 Posts)

Nadia is a life coach and health writer residing in Toronto.

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