What are the moral aspects of the New Age beliefs in Karma and reincarnation?

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New Age beliefs are an amalgam of a wide range of eastern religious beliefs and western popular culture, and thus there is no fixed dogma one can universally ascribe to all the variants of belief that may be categorized as "New Age." The concept of Karma is a Hindu one, in which the moral choices we make in our past lives are paid back in future lives. There is a notion that good deeds to others in the past are returned to us in some form later in the present life or in future lives. The cycle of reincarnation means that storing up good or bad "karma" goes beyond the present life, and that much of what happens to us in a current life responds to our moral choices in the past.