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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:

  1. That which is seen here and now.
  2. Their future effect, depending upon whether they are puṇya[1] or pāpa.[2]

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


  1. Punya means good.
  2. Pāpa literally means bad.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore