LifeTimes – Tjokorda Istri Putra Hadriyani

LifeTimes – Tjokorda Istri Putra Hadriyani

Tjokorda Istri Putra Hadriyani, 60, is a lecturer in the Balinese-language department of Udayana University; from the Ubud Palace, she now lives in Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To solve problems as calmly and wisely as you can. From my point of view as a Balinese woman, I have a lot of problems and things to do, and so I have to be calm and rational.

What’s most important?
There are many things that are important, and education is one of them – it makes life better and more colorful.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Think about your education and what job you want.

Are you worried about dying?
I’m not worried about it, but also not brave enough to face it.

When was the happiest time of your life?
Well, I often feel happy, so there’s been no particular time.

And the worst?
No real bad time, either!

What’s humanity all about?
In Hinduism, there are two principles, Salulung subayantaka, which means appreciate other people and they will appreciate you too, and Tat twam asi, which means you are me and I am you – if I hate someone, there will be other people who hate me too; whatever we do to other people, the same things will absolutely happen to us.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people don’t pay attention to Salulung Subayantaka and Tat twam asi.

Is a peaceful world impossible?
It’s impossible. I believe in Rwa Bhinnede, the concept of black and white, bad and good, afternoon and night. A peaceful world is as impossible as a world without night. It will be possible when people are able to make night no longer exist and people who live on earth are Godlike – that they are prefect, and humans are not perfect.

How old do you feel?
60, of course. It’s hard to feel young when you have grandchildren.

Is there anything you still want to do?
I want to finish out my lecturing career, which is another six years.

Is one lifetime enough?
I don’t know. I can only accept what the Gods give me. (BT/AS)

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