By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Karmavipaka, KarmavipAka, Karmavipaaka
Karmavipāka literally means ‘fruition of karma’.
Karma theory is the extension of the proverb, ‘As you sow, so shall you reap!’ to the spiritual field. All the actions have a twofold effect:
- That which is seen here and now.
- Their future effect, depending upon whether they are puṇya or pāpa.
The ripening of a part of the accumulated karma to give its result is called ‘karmavipāka’.
- Punya means good.
- Pāpa literally means bad.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore