From the perspective of Komang Septa Wirya, a 24-year-old IT technician from Kedewatan
What are we here for?
To find out what life is all about.
Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa 13.7-billion-year-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?
I’m Hindu and I believe God created everything; so no, I don’t believe in the Big Bang.
If there is a God, where is he?
In our hearts.
Is there a mystery to life?
Our future is always a mystery.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
I’m really not sure. I guess there’s a 50/50 chance there are others out there.
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 believe that.
What do you think happens to people when they die?
I believe in the Hindu teachings and that we will be reincarnated after we die.
Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s part of me, what makes me believe the things I do.
Science says that all matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
Yes, I think our souls will continue on in different bodies.
Do you know your place in the universe?
I’m not sure yet; I’m still looking.
Some people believe that because we are made of 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 haven’t seen the movie, but it sounds possible.
Are we being observed?
Yes, by those who practice magic and by God.
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
To balance our lives