What is Karma?

Karma is both action and the fruit of an action. Karma is the law of cause and effect. ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’ and ‘what goes around comes around’ are alternate ways of expressing the same truth. If you are nice to people, people will be nice to you. If you steal, you will be stolen from. If not in this lifetime in some future lifetime. It is only difficult to see this because most people forget their past lives when coming into a new one or while growing up. 


Impressions are linked with karma. Whatever habit a person has, that habit creates impressions in the system. Until we erase impressions, they will follow us through lifetimes. All the impressions in the subtle body are included in the term karma.

Gurudev Sri Sri says that, “Karma is action. There are 3 types of karma. First, potential karma - the tendency in you that will make you act in the future. Second, is the action which is happening now. Third, is the action which has left an impression on you. The impression of an action, action and the potential action -all three are karma.”


Karma is what determines which kinds of experiences we will have. Karma determines our tendency to having certain health issues but not others. Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, especially combined with the use of mantras, can address some karmas in order to reduce the negative effects of such karmas.

Sometimes people will conclude that if they knew a certain person from a previous life, therefore they should be close in this life. Just because we lived in a certain place in a previous life doesn’t mean we have to live there now. 

Just because you were close to a certain person in a previous life doesn’t mean you have to be in a relationship with them now.  

When a person gets on a path and begins daily repetition of spiritual practices, there is something truly wonderful and special that happens. Karmas are reduced in duration and intensity.  

This relates to the well known expression that ‘the seeds of karma are roasted in the fires of knowledge’. This means that some karmas can be completely eliminated through the use of spiritual practices.

There is no mechanical or electronic method of calibrating this phenomenon, yet many people have a deep knowingness of the truth of this. Personally, I know I would have been dead many years ago were it not for massive reductions in karma, the real saving grace of the divine!  

Many wise people have stated that the ways of karma are unfathomable. Karma is an incredibly complex, huge mathematics. While an astrological chart can hint at how certain types of karma are likely to affect us at various times, it is not realistic to try to figure out all the karmas that will be affecting us at any given time.  


Disclaimer: These statements are intended to be informational only and are based on thousands of years of accumulated experiences within the realm of Ayurveda. None of these statements are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or heal any disease. Before embarking on undertaking to improve one’s health it is wise first to consult with professionals. None of these statements has been investigated or approved by the FDA.