Karma refers to the works or actions of a person and the spiritual concept by which the person's actions affect their future fortunes, or their fortunes in the next life. Although, the western world thinks of karma in terms of the negative (papa) – someone who does something wrong will eventually face consequences. Karma can also be positive (punya). Karma is further categorized as:
- Sukla (white/good)
- Krishna (black/bad)
- Sukla-krishna (mixed)
- Asukla-akrishna (balanced)
When karma is in balance, it is said to be karmasamya (literally, “karma equality”).