Thursday, November 01, 2007

Varanasi, the holiest city on the holy Ganges River

Originally uploaded by aupeter100
Karma translates literally as action, work or deed[29] and can be described as the "moral law of cause and effect".[30]

According to the Upanishads, an individual, known as the jiva-atma, develops sanskaras (impressions) from actions, whether physical or mental. The "linga sharira", a body more subtle than the physical one, but less subtle than the soul, retains impressions, carrying them over into the next life, establishing a unique trajectory for the individual.[31]

Thus, the concept of a universal, neutral and never-failing karma intrinsically relates to reincarnation as well as one's personality, characteristics and family. Karma threads together the notions of free will and destiny.

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