The answer to the question, How does Indian culture’s karma define who you are?
can be found in the definition of a Hindu as written by Hindu scholar Jagat Prakash, and it is one that has been a staple of Hinduism for centuries.
“The Hindu community defines who they are by what they do and what they say, and how they think,” said Prakasar.
“Hinduism has always defined who we are by how we live, what we eat, how we work and who we marry.”
In India, the definition is a foundational part of the Indian ethos.
The idea that our lives are defined by the deeds of others is central to the culture of Hindu India, but Prakar says that even in this modern, Westernised era, many Indian Hindus are still struggling to find their identity.
“There is an enormous gap between what we are and what we thought we were supposed to be,” said Muthunav Gavaskar, who teaches at a non-profit organisation in the eastern Indian city of Mumbai.
“In our minds, we are defined as Hindus, but we are really not.”
“The idea that we are divided by what we do and who our husband is, is so deeply ingrained in our minds that it is very difficult to break that habit,” he said.
For those who are still searching for their identity, Praka and Gavaj said the concept of karma is a tool that can help them find their way.
“We all have a lot of baggage that we have been carrying since we were children, so it is difficult for us to break this baggage, and the only way to do that is through understanding the definition, and seeing the definition in action,” said Gavavaj.
“It is also very helpful to understand the Hindu religion and to know that our life is really connected to our religion, and that our karma defines us.”
While the idea of a “Karma Dictionary” is nothing new, many other religious groups have used the concept in their scriptures.
In Hinduism, a karma dictionary is a compilation of all the deeds that someone has performed in their life, such as giving birth to a son, being a teacher, being an athlete, being in the army or being an artist.
While it is important to note that not all of these actions are the same, the dictionary is meant to be a reference guide to help people define who they want to become and who they do not want to be.
“What a dictionary is not, is an objective, objective definition of who we should be or should be,” Gavas said.
“But a dictionary can help us to understand who we really are, and who is not us.”
A new initiative to provide free karma readings for students across India is being rolled out by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a leading organisation for social justice and anti-extremism.
According to an RSS spokesperson, about 10,000 people have already signed up for the RSS’s Free Karmic Reading Program in their communities.
While there are no guarantees that this programme will be implemented by every community, Palkhan Singh, a social media activist from Kerala, said that he was thrilled to hear that it was finally being implemented.
“I think that this is a great idea because it’s so simple, and people who are not in the mainstream of society are already getting the opportunity to understand karma,” he told Vice News.
“And it is an important part of social inclusion.”
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