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Prof. (Dr.) Subash Chandra Dash


The Bhagavadgītā, a sacred text of ancient Indian philosophy, expounds upon the profound concept of karma, which is central to understanding human actions, their consequences, and the path to spiritual liberation. This research article aims to delve into the nuanced understanding of karma as presented in the Bhagavadgītā, exploring its significance, implications, and philosophical underpinnings. The study begins by providing a comprehensive overview of the Bhagavadgītā, highlighting its historical and cultural context. It elucidates the fundamental concept of karma, which is the rule of reason and outcome governing the universe, asserting that each action, thought, and intention has consequences that reverberate through time. Moreover, it considers the difficult association between karma and dharma, emphasizing the importance of righteous actions in one's pursuit of spiritual growth. Furthermore, the article delves into the multifaceted dimensions of karma as depicted in the Bhagavadgītā. It explores the concepts of sāttvika, rājasika, and tāmasika karma, elucidating how actions driven by purity, passion, or ignorance respectively shape an individual's destiny and spiritual progress. The interplay between individual effort and the role of divine will, as illustrated through the doctrine of niṣkāma karma (selfless action), is also examined in depth. In addition, the research examines the transformative potential of understanding karma in the Bhagavadgītā. It discusses how a profound comprehension of karma can inspire individuals to cultivate self- awareness, responsibility, and ethical conduct. The article also highlights the role of introspection, detachment, and surrender in navigating the complexities of karma and fostering personal growth. Finally, the study concludes with a synthesis of the findings, emphasizing the enduring relevance and universal applicability of the concept of karma in the Bhagavadgītā. It underscores the significance of karma as a guiding principle for individuals seeking moral clarity, spiritual evolution, and harmonious coexistence. In summary, this research article offers a comprehensive exploration of the concept of karma in the Bhagavadgītā, shedding light on its philosophical depth, ethical implications, and transformative potential. By delving into the intricate relationship between actions, consequences, and spiritual growth, it provides valuable insights for scholars, philosophers, and individuals interested in understanding and applying the principles of karma in their lives.

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Prof. (Dr.) Subash Chandra Dash. (2023). THE THEORY OF KARMA AS DEPICTED IN THE BHAGAVADGITA. Galaxy International Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 11(11), 140–146. Retrieved from


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