From the perspective of I Gusti Ngurah Megabuana, 28, a villa housekeeping manager from Tabanan

What are we here for?

To finish our journey of life and to redeem ourselves for our sins in the past.

Do you believe in the “Big Bang” theory that the now circa-13.7-billion-yar-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?

No, I don’t believe it.

If there is a God, where is He?

God is all around me. He exists in the form of living creatures; that is why we have to respect other living creatures.

Is there a mystery to life?

No, everything is already opened in front of us. It totally depends on us, whether we want to open our eyes or not.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?

There are other creatures in this universe. Some people say UFOs exist. I say those creatures do not have any form, but they do exist.

There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us — doppelgangers — doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?

I have heard about that theory, but I’m not interested in it.

What do you think happens when people die?

After people die they go to heaven, but then they start life again to redeem their sins. They have to deal with the results of their actions; it’s called Karmapala.

Where is your soul and what is it?

My soul is in me. It is the core of my being. The core of me is a human named I Gusti Ngurah Megabuana.

Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?

Yes, our energy will live eternally. Only our body is destroyed when we die, not our soul.

Do we have any control over our lives or has everything already been mapped out since birth, predetermined, and fate?

I believed in fate. Sang Hyang Widhi (God) has determined my life. I just undergo my life. Quite often, I can’t see what my determined path is, so I go in the wrong direction.

Some people believe that because we are made from the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularized recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?

Our body is the combination of water, fire, air and land – the same elements that make up the universe. Whatever I ask for will be given back to me in another place and time. It’s a cyclic process.

Are we being observed?


If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?

People’s suffering is the effect of what people did or do. Like I said, it is all about the fruits of our actions. Do a good thing and you will receive a good thing. Do a bad thing and you will receive a bad thing. It’s that simple.

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