From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

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