Karma is an Indian philosophy and religion and refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect. This means that whether the actions of a person are good or bad (cause) will influence the future of this individual’s existence (effect). Karma also represents the ethical dimension of rebirth, which is the general basis for the religious traditions of India.###

Indian Soteriologies (theories of salvation) state that future births and life situations depend on actions performed during one’s present life, which is also a result of the accumulated effects of actions performed in previous lives. Karma serves two main functions: It provides a strong motivation to live a moral and ethical life, and it explains the existence of evil.