From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Karmavipaka, KarmavipAka, Karmavipaaka

Karmavipāka (‘fruition of karma’)

The theory of karma is an extension of the proverb, ‘As you sow, so you reap!’ to the spiritual field. All the actions done by us have a twofold effect: that which is seen here and now; and, their future effect, depending upon whether they are puṇya (good) or pāpa (bad).

The ripening of a part of the accumulated karma, to give its result is called ‘karmavipāka’.

See also KARMA.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore