From the perspective of Mujayana, 37, a mother of nine children and professional masseuse from Java.

What are we here for?

To live for the family.

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?

Yes, I believe that’s true.

If there is a God, where is he?

God is everywhere.

Is there a mystery to life?

The devil and what happens to bad people when they die are mysteries.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
I don’t know if we are alone or not.

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 don’t believe in that.

So what do you think happens to people when they die?

It depends on what you do in this life.

Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is in my mind, it’s my thoughts.

Science says that all matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
No, I don’t believe our energy lives on for infinity. Our energy disappears when we die.

Do you know your place in the universe?
To serve God.

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, popularised recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?

Yes, that happens sometimes.

Are we being observed?

We’re being observed 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?
God gives freedom to people to do things their own way. It’s the people who make bad things happen.


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