What is karma?

Karma is a belief shared by several Asian religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. The basic concept is that the position one holds in this life is a result of one’s actions and conduct in previous lives or incarnations. Therefore, actions and thoughts in this life can influence one’s future destiny. The goal of many Eastern religions is to be freed from the cycle of karma by following certain religious practices. The word originates from the Sanskrit karma, meaning “work” or “fate.”


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