What is Karma?
In Hinduism, Karma refers to God’s cosmic law of cause and effect; every action has its opposite and equal reaction. Any deed or any thought that causes an effect, is called Karma. According to the Law of Karma, every individual is accountable for his or her own actions, thoughts and words. God does not give us Karma; the individual creates his/her own. Each person reaps the good or bad fruits in accordance with the good or bad Karma accumulated during past and present lives. Therefore, each individual is responsible for the pleasures and pains he/she experiences in this world; as one sows so shall one reap. In this manner, each person has the freedom to shape his/her own destiny through good or bad Karma.
This Q/A was taken from the book Hinduism: Myth and Reality written by Ajit Adhopia and published by Inderlekh Publication.