I know the meaning of this word is readily available on internet. But for a non-native speaker like me, its actually hard to get the meaning. Please could someone elaborate its meaning with the help of an example?

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    What part of the definition confuses you? It's not useful to just say "I read it but I didn't get it."
    – M.A.R.
    Dec 24, 2015 at 18:30

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Karma has a meaning of energy but also fate. When a person is nice people will say that person has

good karma

Not only will good things happen to that person, they will also spread good energy to the world. It is reflective of the actions, manners, and general feeling one gets from an individual. For example, stopping and helping an elderly person who is struggling to cross the street.

If someone does something bad or evil, it can be said they have

bad karma

or the act will bring bad karma to them. That is, they will get bad energy or bad things will happen to them. For example, drowning kittens, will bring you bad karma.

In a Western sense, from my experience, karma is more a reference to the state in one's current life or moment and less about reincarnation. This is probably because reincarnation is less of a Western belief. A similar phrase which is often used is:

What goes around, comes around

even the old adage:

You are what you eat

has this notion in mind of action and reaction.

Karma has a meaning which carries more weight than just luck. Having good karma is more than just having good luck, and having bad karma is worse than just having bad luck.

[ NB: this is purely from my Westernised perspective ]

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