Priest's Assistant

Name: Dayu Manik
Age: 67
Occupation: Permangklu (priest’s assistant)
Location: Puri Medahan, Gianyar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

Always be patient and think positively all the time.


What’s most important?

Your deeds in this life and the lives of the ones you love.


What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Be kind to others and to yourself. Always have respect for your elders. Treat everyone with fairness.


Are you worried about dying?

People always worry about everything, but that’s the way of life. Eventually everyone dies.


When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was a child, we went to my grandparents’ house during the Galungan holidays. I loved the old days.


And the worst?

When my husband died.


What’s humanity all about?

It’s about being a good person and being dedicated to family and religion.


Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

I hope there aren’t so many, but they exist because people are greedy.


Is a peaceful world impossible?

Peace is possible if you believe in it.


How old do you feel?

Old, but I can still manage my life pretty well.


Is there anything you still want to do?

I want to travel around the world one day, when I have the money.


Is one lifetime enough?

No, because you will always be reborn in this world.


How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Not so much. It’s pretty much the same.


Has tourism been good for Bali?

I think Bali is now very famous because you see a lot of people here.


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

The West is full of cities. The East has more villages and is closer to nature.


Have you ever doubted your religion?



What makes you so sure of it?

I pray every day and I always receive God’s blessing.


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