The Buddhist's judgment, which determines at death the future
state of the deceased. It is also their flat on actions, pronouncing
them to be meritorious or otherwise.
In Theosophy, it means the unbroken sequence of cause and effect;
each effect being, in its turn, the cause of a subsequent effect. It is
a Sanscrit word, meaning “action” or “sequence.”
“The laws which determine the physical attribution, condition of
life, intellectual capacities, and so forth, of the new body, to which
the Ego is drawn by affinities ... are ... in Buddhism [called] Karma.”
—Nineteenth Century, June, 1893, p. 1025.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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