The word ‘Karma’ has been derived from Sanskrit which refers to the work that we do which is counted as our action. It is our action that decides our future. We enter a vicious circle of cause and effect. In Bhagavad Gita Karma is defined as “The self-controlled person, moving among objects, with his senses free from attachment and malevolence and brought under his own control, attains tranquillity.” It is our Karma which differentiates us from other living creatures because we have the ability to think reasonably before coming to any decision. We choose our way of action.
We can draw an analogy between the theory of Karma and Newton’s third law of motion. According to Newton’s third law every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Similarly, whatever we think and do in due course of time gives augment to the consequent results. The only difference between the two concepts is that reflex action is not considered as Karma.
Each and every individual is accountable for his or her actions and contemplation, so every folk’s karma is utterly his or her personal act. Occidentals observe the procedure of karma as defeatist. But this is not a fact because it is based on every human being to contour his or her own prospect by coaching his or her current activities.
The view point of the Hindus is associated with the notion of life after death. They believe that it is the action of an individual that determines his or her next birth. In keeping with this logic, a person who does well in this life will be rewarded in the life after but if not the individual deteriorates into an inferior being. For this reason a person must always follow the path of dharma.