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Definition of Karma


[kahr-muh] Show IPA
Hinduism, Buddhism . action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman. Compare bhakti ( def. 1 ) , jnana.
Theosophy . the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.
fate; destiny. Synonyms: predestination, predetermination, lot, kismet.
the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something: Lets get out of here. This place has bad karma.
1820–30;  < Sanskrit:  nominative, accusative singular of karman  act, deed

Related forms
kar·mic, adjective

Example Sentences

   - They say we create, through effort or karma , our own futures.

    - Now he is an example of how karma  can come back around.

   -  Perhaps it was destiny, karma  or divine intervention at work.

    - This is based on the "law of karma " the cycling back of energy to its source.
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   -  On the other hand Buddhism affirms both reincarnation and karma .

    - If you lead your life the right way, the karma  will take care of itself.
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World English Dictionary
karma  (ˈkɑːmə) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
— n
1.     Hinduism, Buddhism  the principle of retributive justice determining a person's state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of his past deeds
2.     theosophy  the doctrine of inevitable consequence
3.     destiny or fate
[C19: from Sanskrit: action, effect, from karoti  he does]
— adj

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Word Origin & History

1827, in Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in one life, which determine his form in the next; from Skt. karman- "action, fate," related to krnoti, Avestan kerenaoiti "makes," O.Pers. kunautiy "he makes;" from PIE base *kwer- "to make, form," related to the second element in Sanskrit.
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Related Words
Lesya bhakti

Matching Quote
"I feel ancient, as though I had
Lived many lives.
And may never now know
If I am a fool
Or have done what my karma demands."
-Gary Snyder

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