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Classical Hindu ThoughtAn Introduction$
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Arvind Sharma

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.001.0001

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(p.98) Chapter XII Karma
Classical Hindu Thought

Arvind Sharma

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This chapter discusses the concept of karma. This belief has had a profound influence on the life of the Indian people, and needs to be understood carefully. One way of arriving at such an understanding is to distinguish between two aspects of it. The first of these aspects is that ‘the doctrine extends the principles of causation to the sphere of human conduct, and teaches that as every event in the physical world is determined by its antecedents, so everything that happens in the moral realm is’ determined by its antecedents. The second aspect follows from the first: whatever we knowingly do, will, sooner or later, bring us the result we merit; and there is no escape from it.

Keywords:   Hinduism, merit, consequences, Hindu thought, causation, antecedents

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