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Karma in Hinduism and Buddhism Some Similarities and Differences From the Panchatantra The Banana Peel a proud Brahmin - one noble in name - came upon a banana peel in his path He communed with himself saying every man reaps in the future the fruits of all his acts If therefore I take this peel from the pathway I shall have done a deed of merit and be rewarded by karma in my next life So mused the Brahmin and he carefully removed the peel For this crafty thought of self the proud Brahmin was born in a lower caste in his next life In western societies karma is a term applied to events with out really understanding why it is being used Ooh bad karma Or Its your karma that this happened to you John Lennon made Instant Karma a household phrase However what really is karma What does it mean to Hindus and Buddhists According to the Random House College Dictionary karma is an action seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results good or bad in this life or in a reincarnation Karma is a Sanskrit word that translates into action It literally means deed or act but more broadly describes the principle of cause and effect Simply stated karma is the law of action and reaction that governs consciousness In physics Sir Isaac Newton postulated that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction Push against a wall Its material is molecularly pushing back with a force exactly equal to yours In metaphysics karma is the law that states that every mental emotional and physical act no matter how insignificant is projected out into the psychic mind substance and eventually returns to the individual with equal impact Karma is central to the Hindu faith Hindus believe in life after death They also believe in the
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