Lifetimes – Ida Bagus


Ida Bagus Gede Rurus, 71, is retired but remains active in education and cultural affairs; he is from Sebudi village in Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
That work is a sport – if you don’t have work to do, you will only be lazy and unhealthy.

What’s most important?

A health; it’s more important than money.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Be disciplined in everything that you do.

Are you worried about dying?

No; that’s part of the Gods’ plan. I believe that they will only choose the best for me.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When my grandson was born four years ago. I have someone with whom I share my day now.

And the worst?

When I was 11 years old. I was sick and the doctor used to give me intravenous drips every two to three hours. It was painful.

What’s humanity all about?

Being able to control our emotions and being disciplined.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because people don’t do what their religions say they should do. All religions have good rules for their people, and people should abide by them.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

It is possible but is very difficult to achieve.

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

I’m happy, and I always thank the Gods for everything they send me.

How old do you feel?

Not as old as 71, younger – 60.

Is there anything you still want to do?


Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it’s enough.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

A lot. I see many more people now, especially migrants.

Is it better or worse?

It’s good for the economy and bad for the culture. Young people are forgetting the old traditions, like rice farming, now. The beauty of Bali is in its old traditions.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Not for everyone. Only some people are able to benefit from it.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

There are many differences. One of them is in using the left hand – in the East, it’s not considered polite to use it but it the West, it’s okay.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

I always pray to the Gods, which makes me closer to them. I read somewhere that if we always remember to pray, the Gods will also remember us and make us happy. (BT/AS)

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