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As a naturalistic principle, karma shares properties with other irrational beliefs, such as superstition and fate, which help explain life events or occurrences that are otherwise difficult to understand. Most Americans are unlikely to admit they are irrational, but a growing body of research shows otherwise, raising previously unanswered questions about the effects of karma on consumer behaviors.

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When asked to donate money, there were no differences in responses among people who believed in karma and those who did not, even when the focus of the charitable appeal was on helping others. Kramer said the finding was interesting, because it could be argued that donating money helps people in need, and therefore should be rewarded with good karma in a similar way to a donation of time.

There are some who criticise thus: "So, you Buddhists, too, administer capitalistic opium to the people, saying: "You are born poor in this life on account of your past evil karma. He is born rich on account of his good Karma. So, be satisfied with your humble lot; but do good to be rich in your next life. You are being oppressed now because of your past evil Karma. There is your destiny. Be humble and bear your sufferings patiently. Do good now. You can be certain of a better and happier life after death."

Every birth is conditioned by a past good or bad karma, which predominated at the moment of death. Karma that conditions the future birth is called Reproductive Karma. The death of a person is merely ‘a temporary end of a temporary phenomenon’. Though the present form perishes, another form which is neither the same nor absolutely different takes its place, according to the potential thought-vibration generated at the death moment, because the Karmic force which propels the life-flux still survives. It is this last thought, which is technically called Reproductive (janaka) Karma, that determines the state of a person in his subsequent birth. This may be either a good or bad Karma.

  • (B) There is another classification of Karma, according to the priority of effect: WEIGHTY (GARUKA) KARMA.

This is either weighty or serious – may be either good or bad. It produces its results in this life or in the next for certain. If good, it is purely mental as in the case of Jhana (ecstasy or absorption). Otherwise it is verbal or bodily. On the Immoral side, there are five immediate effective heinous crimes (pancanantariya karma): Matricide, Patricide, and the murder of an Arahant, the wounding of a Buddha and the creation of a schism in the Sangha. Permanent Scepticism (Niyata Micchaditthi) is also termed one of the Weighty (garuka) Karmas.

Karma is the ancient Indian philosophy of cause and effect, which implies that an individual's intentions, and actions, both have consequences. None can escape the consequences of one's actions. Applying the principle of karma to medicine and healthcare, the significance of optimal and timely interventions at various stages of disease, may be realized. A holistic approach to metabolic control in diabetes translates into improved clinical outcomes, as evident from the result of STENO-2, EMPA-REG OUTCOME, or LEADER trials. The principle of karma in the management of diabetes may have implications at the transgenerational level during pregnancy and nursing, at the individual patient-level based on phenotype, and at the community level in preventive medicine. The concept of metabolic karma can be used as an effective motivational tool to encourage better health care seeking behavior and adherence to prescribed interventions.

Karma is an important topic in Buddhist thought. The concept may have been of minor importance in early Buddhism, and various interpretations have evolved throughout time. A main problem in Buddhist philosophy is how karma and rebirth are possible, when there is no self to be reborn, and how the traces or "seeds" of karma are stored throughout time in consciousness.

The concept of karma originated in the Vedic religion, where it was related to the performance of rituals[1] or the investment in good deeds[2] to ensure the entrance to heaven after death,[1][2] while other persons go to the underworld.[2]

The concept of karma may have been of minor importance in early Buddhism.[3][4] Schmithausen has questioned whether karma already played a role in the theory of rebirth of earliest Buddhism,[4][5] noting that "the karma doctrine may have been incidental to early Buddhist soteriology."[6] Langer notes that originally karma may have been only one of several concepts connected with rebirth.[7][note 1] Tillman Vetter notes that in early Buddhism rebirth is ascribed to craving or ignorance.[8] Buswell too notes that "Early Buddhism does not identify bodily and mental motion, but desire (or thirst, trsna), as the cause of karmic consequences."[9] Matthews notes that there is no cohesive presentation of karma in the Sutta Pitaka,[3] which may mean that the doctrine was incidental to the main perspective of early Buddhist soteriology.[3]

According to Vetter, the "Buddha at first sought, and realized, "the deathless" (amata/amrta[note 2]), which is concerned with the here and now.[note 3] Only after this realization did he become acquainted with the doctrine of rebirth."[19] Bronkhorst disagrees, and concludes that the Buddha "introduced a concept of karma that differed considerably from the commonly held views of his time."[20] According to Bronkhorst, not physical and mental activities as such were seen as responsible for rebirth, but intentions and desire.[21]

The doctrine of karma may have been especially important for common people, for whom it was more important to cope with life's immediate demands, such as the problems of pain, injustice, and death. The doctrine of karma met these exigencies, and in time it became an important soteriological aim in its own right.[22]

The understanding of rebirth, and the reappearance in accordance with one's deeds, are the first two knowledges that the Buddha is said to have acquired at his enlightenment. According to the Buddhist tradition, the Buddha gained full and complete insight into the workings of karma at the time of his enlightenment.[23] According to Bronkhorst, these knowledges are later additions to the story,[24] just like the notion of "liberating insight" itself.[24] According to Tilmann Vetter, originally only the practice of dhyana, and the resulting calming of the mind may have constituted the liberating practice of the Buddha.[25]

For Buddhists, karma has implications beyond this life. Bad actions in a previous life can follow a person into their next life and cause bad effects (which Westerners are more likely to interpret as 'bad luck').

Even an Enlightened One is not exempt from the effects of past karma. One story tells that the Buddha's cousin tried to kill him by dropping a boulder on him. Although the attempt failed, the Buddha's foot was injured. He explained that this was karmic retribution for trying to kill his step-brother in a previous life.

On a larger scale, karma determines where a person will be reborn and their status in their next life. Good karma can result in being born in one of the heavenly realms. Bad karma can cause rebirth as an animal, or torment in a hell realm.

Buddhists try to cultivate good karma and avoid bad. However, the aim of Buddhism is to escape the cycle of rebirth altogether, not simply to acquire good karma and so to be born into a more pleasant state. These states, while preferable to human life, are impermanent: even gods eventually die.

I recently applied for several loans that Credit karma said I had exceptional chances of getting. I was denied. I also tried to pay down cards as suggested and to get more credit to build yo my score and it dropped.

I'm a victim of the credit karma lawsuit I applied for their card and got denied also and my score had dropped I been dealing with them for so.e years now and being going through the same Tham for years I need some advice please

This also happened to me. When needing a loan recently credit karma showed many pre approvals for the amount i was requesting. In turn i ended up not qualifying after being told i would be approved by credit karma

I am a victim of this also. (My credit score took a huge fall) Has anyone had any trouble with one pre approved loan from credit karma sending your information to multiple sights, in result of having multiple inquiry's you didn't apply for on your credit report? I have !

the time needed to earn karma may be bounded on one system, but across multiple systems it's part it depends on the karma systemone system I know of won't let you post anything in the dev section until you have posted enough messages outside of that section.people can post stupid messages to reach the count, or they can wait an unknown amount of time until they have good useful messages to post. how long is this going to take?requiring that people build up karma eliminates 'drive by' assistance from experts along with 'silly questions' from newbies. If you are doing kernel development (especially reverse engineering odd hardware), wouldn't you just love to get a comment from Linus? A Karma system will prevent this, and I guarantee you that your walled sandbox is not important enough for him to jump through hoops to participate of the criticisms of contributer agreements is that they raise the bar to contributers by making the process of submitting a quick patch hard. Karma systems do the same thing to block contributions. (Log in to post comments) karma-based discussion/collaboration sites Posted Aug 28, 2011 19:23 UTC (Sun) by giraffedata (guest, #1954) [Link]

or requiring copyright assignment for patches.why is it these last two get people up in arms, while these other limits to contributions are shrugged off as not mattering? karma-based discussion/collaboration sites Posted Sep 29, 2011 21:56 UTC (Thu) by mfedyk (guest, #55303) [Link] 041b061a72

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