Every action has an effect, every cause has an effect and you have no control over the effect, but you have all the control over the action that you do.” Where does one seek the do's and don't on karma? Listen to your conscience; your inner gut feeling. Don't do anything which you don't want others to do to you. That is the criteria. A situation that happens now becomes the cause of another situation in the future. When that next situation happens in the future, that too becomes the cause of some other situation to happen. That is why it is called as cause and the effect -Karma. If someone deceived you, they are going to face the consequences. That is the law of karma. If you got deceived, you were not careful. You should have been careful. You have learnt your lesson by being deceived. Now move on! Life moves by dual factors - inner tendencies (impressions) and outer influences. Inner tendencies form your attitudes and behavior, while external influences make strong impressions in your mind. Often your tendencies generate external situations, and situations around you can form tendencies within you. This is what is called karma. Both these factors - the tendencies from within and influences from outside - can be either beneficial or harmful. It is awareness that filters the outer negative influences and it is awareness that corrects and annihilates the unhealthy inner tendencies. This awareness is called gyana. The purpose of education is to develop this awareness so that you can be selective about your tendencies and influences. It is practically impossible to resist the external influences and the inner tendencies without raising one's consciousness. This can be gradual or sudden. And that is how a human being has both free will and destiny. Freedom is when you have a say about your tendencies and your influences. Only awareness and impeccable devotion can bring this freedom.