Anichha Karma

Definition - What does Anichha Karma mean?

Anichha karma is a type of karma that is without desire. The term comes from the Sanskrit an, meaning “no” or “without,” ichha, meaning “wish” or “desire” and karma, which translates as “action” or “work.” In yoga and in many Indian religions, karma is a spiritual concept by which a person's actions affect the future and future incarnations.

There are three main types or categories of karma: prarabdha, sanchita and agami. Anichha karma is one the types of prarabdha karma, which is karma resulting from actions in a previous life and is, therefore, already manifesting. Good karma accumulated in a previous life results in happiness and abundance in the present life, but bad karma leads to suffering.

Yogapedia explains Anichha Karma

Because prarabdha karma and, therefore anichha karma, were created in a previous life, the consequences cannot be changed, nor can the karma be resolved or removed. Therefore, the yogi must experience the positive and negative effects of this type of karma – sometimes referred to as anichha prarabdha – and strive to live a virtuous life so his next incarnation will be free from suffering.

The other two forms of prarabdha karma are ichha (with desire) and pareccha (resulting from others' desires). A self-realized yogi must be free of the egoistic ichha karma, but may still have anichha karma and pareccha karma.

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