From the perspective of Ni Nyoman Suriani, 34, a manicurist from Sanur

What are we here for?
To live day by day, work and support our families and pay for their food and education.

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?
No, I don’t.

If there is a God, where is he?
There is a God and he is everywhere.

Is there a mystery to life?
The mystery is how long we will live. We never know when God has chosen for us to die.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?

There’s 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 don’t believe in that at all.

What do you think happens when people die?
That’s a really difficult question for me because I was raised Hindu but converted to Islam when I married my husband. I really don’t know what will happen to my children or me when we die.

Where is your soul and what is it?

It’s inside my body and is what makes me feel good or bad. It’s my energy.

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?
I believe our souls will live on but I’m not sure where they go.

Do you know your place in the universe?
My place is where God has chosen for me to be.

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’m not sure, I think our destinies are already written for us so I don’t think we can ask for things and change them.

Are we being observed?

Yes, 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?
I have no idea; God is a bit of a mystery to me.

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