"KARMA" In Indian philosophy, the influence of an individual's past actions on his future lives or reincarnations. It is based on the conviction that the present life is only one in a chain of lives. Karma is also considered to be a spiritually originated law. Many see God's direct involvement in this process; others consider the natural laws of causation sufficient to explain the effects of karma. The total effect of a person's actions and conduct, during the successive phases of the person's existence, regarded as determining the person's destiny.