Jero Mangku Kayun, 67, is a former pig seller and a priest from Mengwi in Badung Regency

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Focus on what’s in front of you, not about the past or your troubles. What’s most important?

Peace in your heart.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Everything’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, I’m not. But I’ve always tried to be as healthy as possible so that I’ll have a long life.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Now is – I don’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 don’t think too much about it and I don’t look on those times as either good or bad; it was just something that I had to go through.

What’s humanity all about?

Helping people around you.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of people’s egotism – they just think of themselves and ignore everyone else.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is. These days people are very emotional – 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 what’s happened?

I’m happy.

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. It’s expensive and I don’t have enough money. I hope my children will have the ceremony (if I cannot).

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, but make sure it’s meaningful. Find a good way to connect with the Gods, because death is our way back home to the Gods. (BT/AS)

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