From the perspective of Ni Komang Arini, a 32-year-old mother of twin girls from Karangasem

What are we here for?
To carry on the human race in a way God would be proud of.

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 can’t believe in that because of my religion.

If there is a God, where is He?
He is waiting for us in the afterlife, ready to direct us into our next life.

Is there a mystery to life?
There are many mysteries to life. If there weren’t, life would be too simple.

Do you think we are alone in the universe?
In the sense of aliens, yes, I believe we are alone. In the sense of spirits, no, we are definitely not alone.

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 never really thought about this theory at all. I guess it could be possible but I don’t like to spend too much time thinking about things that I will never find out about.

What do you think happens when people die?
We go on to another life. If we lived a balanced life, we will be something greater than we were. If we did not balance our life, we will become something of less significance.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is inside every part of me. It tells me how I should be living my life.

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, I agree with this. Our bodies and spirits will be reincarnated in some way.

Do we have any control over our lives or has everything already been mapped out since birth, predetermined, and fate?
We can make choices and our fate depends on the karma we receive from our choices.

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?
I’ve never heard of The Secret, but it sounds like karma.

Are we being observed?
God must watch us to know where to send us in the next life.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
We must make the right choices about whatever situation God sends us. Without suffering there would be no pleasure.

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