Learning Goal: I’m working on a religion question and need an explanation to help me learn.

Hindus believe that how one acts in one life determines their experience in the next life (karma). We have “westernized” karma to mean how one might be “paid back” in this life for bad deeds. For an original post – in 100 words – Do you subscribe to either type of karma? How does it work in your belief system?

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Hindus have a belief system about karma that teaches people the importance of learning from their mistakes by practicing good deeds in their lifetime, thus determining their next incarnation.  However, I subscribe more to the westernized karma, which emphasizes that people get paid back for their evil or good deeds (Bhatia, 2007). In this case, I believe that my actions have consequences based on how I relate with others around me. This means that there is a reward or punishment for every deed I commit. Hence, to avoid harsh punishment, I should treat others well or engage in positive actions to get good rewards.