Sin: Effects of Committing Sin

                                                                  Q. In your last mailing, you mentioned that bad thoughts and actions were the results of seeds of sinful activities committed in past lives. Could you please explain how to overcome them?

                                                                  Q: My father is now deceased, but was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. He was placed in a mental hospital for years.  My brother is also paranoid schizophrenic and is on strong medication.  I grew up observing the actions of the mentally ill.
                                                                   
                                                                  As such I look very carefully at the reasoning given.  I am a retired police officer and have come in contact with many people who are mentally ill.
                                                                   
                                                                  Now to the question, If a mentally ill person believes his delusion and acts according to it (harming or killing), does the mentally ill person acquire karma?