Karma Phala

Definition - What does Karma Phala mean?

Karma phala is a term in Hinduism and yoga that refers to the results of a person's actions. The term comes from the Sanskrit, karma, meaning “action” or “work,” and phala, meaning “consequence,” “fruit,” or “reward.” Karma phala is often translated as “fruits of actions.”

In the Western world, karma is usually thought of as the concept of someone eventually getting what he/she deserves based on his actions. Bad or negative actions result in bad karma phala, while doing good leads to good karma phala.

Yogapedia explains Karma Phala

The concept of karma phala can also be explained as an action (karma) creating an equal reaction (karma phala). Karma phala is accumulated over one's lifetime and even past lifetimes and affects one's present or future life. For example, someone may steal and not get caught, but that bad action creates negative karma phala that the person must face.

The concepts of karma and karma phala are closely related to reincarnation — that is, the belief that a person's soul, or self, is caught in a cycle of life, death and rebirth. If you lead a good life, you create karma phala that will ensure that the next life will be better.

Karma phala consists of:

  • Prarabda karma — the result of past actions that are affecting the current life
  • Sanchita karma — the sum of all karma collected
  • Agami karma — that which is being created and will affect the future
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