karmic reaction. Karma means action – for every action there is a reaction – a karmic reaction or saḿskára. As one sows so shall one reap. The saḿskáras are stored in the mind awaiting the time when they are expressed. We talk about a saḿskára getting ripened so that it can be expressed or experienced. When a saḿskára is expressed one is freed from that saḿskára. The more one progresses on the spiritual path, the more saḿskáras one expresses/ experiences.