Jero Mangku Kayun, 67, is a former pig seller and a priest from Mengwi in Badung Regency
Whatâ€™s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Focus on whatâ€™s in front of you, not about the past or your troubles. Whatâ€™s most important?
Peace in your heart.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Everythingâ€™s different now compared to when I was young. There are many new and strange things, like drugs, driving a high speeds, getting drunk with all kinds of drinks. I think the younger generations have to be strong and not get involved in any of that so they can have a good life.
Are you worried about dying?
No, Iâ€™m not. But Iâ€™ve always tried to be as healthy as possible so that Iâ€™ll have a long life.
When was the happiest time of your life?
Now is â€“ I donâ€™t have any responsibilities as my children have all grown up. I have time for myself.
And the worst?
Nothing, really. Yes, there were hard times, but I donâ€™t think too much about it and I donâ€™t look on those times as either good or bad; it was just something that I had to go through.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
Helping people around you.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of peopleâ€™s egotism â€“ they just think of themselves and ignore everyone else.
Is a peaceful world impossible?
Yes, it is. These days people are very emotional â€“ just look at some people and they can erupt in anger and start fighting with you.
Are you disappointed with your life or happy at whatâ€™s happened?
How old do you feel?
Is there anything you still want to do?
Yes: I want to have a big ceremony for my family temple. Itâ€™s expensive and I donâ€™t have enough money. I hope my children will have the ceremony (if I cannot).
Is one lifetime enough?
Yes, but make sure itâ€™s meaningful. Find a good way to connect with the Gods, because death is our way back home to the Gods. (BT/AS)Filed under: LifeTimes