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What is Karma?

While going through this very interesting article on the internet, I thought I should share it with you. Yes, it is a case of mere copying and pasting, however, it should not violate any copyrights as I have quoted the source too. :)
http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/a/karma.htm
What Is Karma?
The Law of Cause & Effect
By Subhamoy Das, About.com Guide
The self-controlled person, moving among objects, with his senses free from attachment and malevolence and brought under his own control, attains tranquility. ~ Bhagavad Gita II.64.
The law of cause and effect forms an integral part of Hindu philosophy. This law is termed as 'karma', which means to 'act'. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English defines it as the "sum of person's actions in one of his successive states of existence, viewed as deciding his fate for the next". In Sanskrit karma means "volitional action that is undertaken deliberately or knowingly". This also dovetails sel…