LifeTimes – Ida Bagus Warta

Ida Bagus Warta

Ida Bagus Warta, 75, is a former government employee and a Hindu priest living in Denpasar.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To read a lot. By reading, you can get a lot of things.

What’s most important?
A close relationship with your family – that’s what makes you most happy.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Study hard and read a lot, so you’ll have enough knowledge to have a good life.

Are you worried about dying?
No. It’s not something you have to be scared about.

When was the happiest time of your life?
Now. I have a happy life now, with my children and grandchildren around me.

And the worst?
When I was a child. My parents couldn’t take care of me, and I was brought up by my grandfather. I never got the love I needed from my parents, but fortunately my grandfather cared about me.

What’s humanity all about?
Being good to your friends, especially friends that need help from you – that’s a good way to build solid relationships.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I think it’s because of selfishness – people thinking only about themselves and having no tolerance towards others.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
It is possible, if people could control themselves.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?
I’m happy.

How old do you feel?
Not really old – around 40.

Is there anything you still want to do?
I’d like to travel outside of Bali, but I have duties as a priest so I can’t go away.

Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, it’s enough – as long as I have a long life and plenty of time so I can see my grandchildren marry and have babies. (BT/AS)

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