Interview Putu Adi
Putu Adi, 64 and a father of three, is a priest at Petitenget Temple in Seminyak
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To focus on my religion. Before, I was a farmer but I found a calling and decided to become a priest.
Whatâ€™s most important?
Family. My wife and two sons are the light of my life.
What are the elements of happiness?
Love, peace and forgiveness.
What were your dreams as a child?
When I was a little boy, I dreamed about working at a big airline like Garuda or Mandala, because I thought I could earn a lot of money that way, but that didnâ€™t happen and it remained only a dream. It doesnâ€™t matter, though; now I donâ€™t mind at all.
What advice would you give the younger generation?
Please, please be aware of your spirituality and pay attention to it. Learn about your religion and deepen your understanding of it. Also, take care of the environment around you, especially in Bali.
Are you worried about dying?
Not at all, because you and I and everyone in the world will return to the greatest creator of all: God.
What do you think will happen to you after you die?
I think Iâ€™ll see the face of God and we will be united â€“ as long as Iâ€™ve been a good person in this life.
When was the happiest time of your life?
When I started serving God and the people of my community, about four years ago.
And the worst?
Once during a ceremony I was leading, I forgot the mantraâ€¦ and the entire proceedings ground to a halt. That was about a year and a half ago and was, to put it mildly, embarrassing.
What is humanity about?
Unity in diversity. It means weâ€™re all different yet all the same.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of peopleâ€™s thoughts. Thoughts can be dangerous. Conflicts erupt because some people push their will on others.
Is a peaceful would an impossible dream?
No, of course not. (BT/AJ)Filed under: The Big Questions