Karma is a Sanskrit term, which has its linguistics root in the word “Kri” - “to do” or “to shape” or more simply, “action.” The profound definition of Karma can be characterized as "an endless chain of the results of the actions that are observed and performed by a soul." Karma is a concept of balancing and understanding our actions to shape the future. The intention is to attain a state of neutrality or attain the state of kalpurush as we say it in astrology. The Ancient Vedas and Upanishads, which illustrates a system where beneficial results are derived from one's past beneficial behaviors and harmful outcomes from past harmful behaviors, creating a massive chain of actions and reactions during a person's reincarnated lives. The aim is to end the chain of actions and reactions.
In Mahabharata, Krishna ended the cycle of Karma by not reacting to the curse of Gandhari. Gandhari blamed Krishna for the death of her 100 sons and cursed Krishna that his lineage will end soon. In my humble opinion, Krishna accepted this curse with utmost humility without swearing on Gandhari back. This stopped the Karma at that point.
When we speak about “Our Karma” we’re speaking about the actions we’ve “planted” or performed in the past (including our past lives as human or any other animal) that are the foundation of what we “reap” in our present life situation. Our past actions get converted into either our Karmic Burden or Karmic Baggage or our Karmic Blessing depending on whether we’ve delivered emphatic or adverse responses in the past incarnations.
Every step or action, either material, emotional or subconscious, every change occurring either on the physical plane of whole matter (Sthoolam) or on the astral planes (Sookshma), produces an discharge of Energy. In other words, it produces a Seed for eventual chain of actions and reactions.
Being a Seed (a true potential), Karma pollinates or does not pollinate into a fruit immediately after it is planted. The countless Karmic Seeds we create by our multiple physical actions or mental actions - desire, hatred, passion, attachment, pleasure, entertainment etc. will surely return, sooner or later, a positive or negative outcome according to the nature of action (the seed), if not in this incarnation, then in some future incarnation.
According to the Vedas “Every person consists of appetites. And as is his appetite (for success, lust or luxury), so is his intention. As is his intention, so is his action. Whatever action he does, that he will receive.” When we talk about climate change and safer planet for future generations, we are basically talking about safer livable planet for ourselves in our future incarnations.
Can we manage our Destiny?
Difference between Fate and Karma
When Newton said this "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Was he unknowingly also talking about Karma. In real life, can we manage actions and reactions? Yes we can do that... I feel there is a difference between Fate and Karma.
Karma should not be mixed with Fate. Fate is the assumption that man’s time here on this planet is pre planned for him by some outside power, and he has no control over his destiny. Man creates his own destiny as karma can be corrected. Because we humans are the only Conscious Being and we can be aware of his Karma through various spiritual sciences (unfortunately now a days spiritual sciences are just called as pseudosciences) and thus aim to change the sequence of events, with the help of superior powers.
Fate is a notion that we have created over generations to explain difficulties and harness of our life. Imagine you were a war pilot in the second world war and killed so many civilians by bombing innocent people and then you carry this Karma now in your life. Through Vedic astrology we can find such karma and manage such karma to ensure that we have a manageable present and a comfortable future in this life time and future life times. So we can manage our own destiny. REMEMBER that the universe is always waiting for your command.