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Niall and Barbara Mandal with the School of Practical Philosophy and MeditationMaria "Deva" Radloff: I'm really honored and pleased to have two people that have greatly influenced my yoga practice and my life to be featured this month! I have been studying philosophy and Sanskrit with Niall Mandal, accompanied by his wife Barbara, for a few years, and my dedication, perserverance and enjoyment in regards to practicing yoga coninuously grow, positively affecting my work, relationships and overall life. Many things that we discuss in class come from the Vedas, and I feel more truth reveals itself after each session I attend.

I first met Niall at a Vedic chanting class in Scottsdale. Of course all of us are intrigued with his passion for Sanskrit, and he is a great resource for our chant practices and discussions...ranging to meanings of the verses, sounds and viagra generic cialis sandhi (sound blending), and many little-known facts about the language's history and magic.

Niall had just opened a branch of the School of Practical Philosophy and Meditation and invited us to join an introduction class. Already overwhelmed with yoga practices and life in general, it took me a little while to attend. There are just so many teachers of spiritual practices out there, that it's hard to not sign up for too much. And I have already done so much personal work...I have completed the Landmark series, studied the Yoga Sutras, started a What the minimum effective dosage of viagra Bleep discussion group...the list goes on! But the more I learned from Niall at chant class, the more I knew I had to give it a try. Little did I know that was the beginning of an amazing journey that would forever change my life. There really is no better way to experience life than as a philosopher!

Maria "Deva" Radloff: Welcome Niall and Barbara! I'm glad that you could join me, to share with the readers of OmYogazine!

Maria "Deva" Radloff: How did you stumble upon the School of Practical Philosophy and Meditation? How long have you been with the school?

Niall Mandal: A friend signed me up at what seemed to be a rough time in my life; I had no idea I was looking for something, but this turned out to be it. This was in 1972, in Dublin, Ireland. My journey since has led me to many years with the school in London, England, and 30 subsequent years with the school in New York, where Barbara and I attend classes and residentials (similar to retreats without a specific religious connotation).

Barbara Mandal: Niall brought me to the school. I followed because it is such an important part of his life, and I’m glad I did. I've been in school since 1988.

MDR: You meditate twice a day for 20 minutes, how do you fit that into a busy schedule...and how do you guide others with fitting meditation into their busy lives?

NM: Get up earlier! {smile} Actually, in general that's good advice if you'd like to live longer. By the way, it's 30 minutes twice a day! And it's not a matter of fitting meditation into a busy life; it's a matter of fitting a busy life into meditation. And meditation somehow provides time and space to do whatever is important.

BM: You start by meditating for a smaller interval and cialis pills side effect work up to half an hour. It isn’t so difficult once you see the benefits to yourself and understand the viagra xanax phentermine online pharmacy carisoprodol viagra buy 1 effect that has on the whole of creation.

MDR: Ah, we do only 20 minutes, twice a day through the Transcedental Meditation organization. I know The School offers a similar meditation to TM to its advanced students. Your advice about scheduling my day around my meditation has helped me greatly! Otherwise it's easy to be "too busy".

MDR: You teach many philosophy and Sanskrit classes each week, all for donations towards the school. What drives you to be so generous with your time? Do you think service is an important aspect of life, and what type of service?

NM: The whole universe runs on service. We're served with air in every breath we take; our whole existence depends on service. It's good to participate in this.

BM: Service to others makes life worthwhile and satisfying. It also is the only way to get your mind off of yourself and your insatiable desires.

MDR: Barbara, I love that way of thinking! We do get so caught up in our own struggle, much of which really is insignificant! As for nature serving, I had learned that every meal we eat is a sacrifice (a service) of some living thing. I do a little vedic chant before each meal to remind myself of that sacrifice and be grateful for it. It's easy to feel like we're owed something...even as simple as a meal.

MDR: There seems to be a clutter of teachers, self-help books and new age solutions to everything, including immortality for the aging process! Do you think these all offer valid tools to healing, growth and enlightenment?

NM: How's that working for you so far? {smile}

If you want it in Sanskrit:

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In half a śloka I have expressed what countless books have tried to express:

Brahman is real, the world is illusion; between the individual self and the universal Self there is no difference whatsoever.

And here's a quote on this topic from the leader of the school, Mr. Donald Lambie: "There are hundreds, indeed thousands, of books written about philosophy in one form or another. And the books we can accept are all well written, are valid and cialis dosage online cialis dosage authentic, but books are just books; what is really needed are not spiritual books, but spiritual people."

MDR: That verse makes it all sound so simple to understand! Sounds like the world is full of people treating symptoms instead of causes.

MDR: Patanjali offered 8 limbs of yoga, one of which is meditation. Do you practice the other 7?

NM: Not as part of a Yoga tradition; some of the practices fall in naturally into the philosophical scheme of things. We do not, however, practice techniques such as asana or breath control (pranayama).

BM: No.

MDR: How would you define enlightenment, and do you think it's achievable in one lifetime?

NM: It's knowing what you really are. That you're not a limited, puny individual, but that you have unlimited potential. Is it possible? A wise man says that it takes about a year if you're serious!

BM: We’re told by the wise that self-realization is possible at any time; i.e., to discover the answer to the question “What am I?”

MDR: I'm starting to like this wise person you keep referring to! Only a year - that's quicker than trying to get open hips in yoga practice! {smile}

MDR: Through all of my studies of yoga, I have determined that being fully aware of one's current activities seems to make the biggest impact on one's life. From getting rich (I'm serious!), to connecting with the divine, to fully discovering your true self, the simple words of "be in the now" always come up. Do you agree?

NM: What's happening yesterday? Nothing. What's happening tomorrow? Nothing. What's happening now? Everything.

BM: Yes, the present is what’s real and is the only time knowledge is available.

MDR: The School of Practical Philosophy and Meditation offers a variety of programs, such as economics, art, music, Sanskrit, etc. How do these topics all work with Philosophy? And why does the School embrace such a variety of programs? How do the arts and sciences enrich our lives?

NM: The universe is there for our enjoyment. The methods of Practical Philosophy are applicable to every sphere of human interest, activity and endeavor, and light up all the corners of this creation. Besides, it's fun!

BM: Different people have different preferences. The school started with economics - our relation to society. Art, music and poetry open the heart so that there is a possibility of hearing truth. Science is always looking for first causes - not a bad idea.

MDR: Is there any kind of meditation, perhaps done poorly, wrongly, that could have no effect or improvement to the individual...or worse, ill-effects?

NM: What would you do with this information? {smile}

MDR: {laughing!}

BM: You can't go wrong if you simply sit and listen to the mantra. There's no right and wrong - just do it.

MDR: No, seriously! I have heard there are mantras, pranayamas, and other practices, that if done wrong can cause bad things! Let's see how far I can push my curiosity before it kills the cat! {laughing!}

MDR: How has meditation improved your life? What has opened up because of it?

NM: It has made available the ability to rest, connect with deep peace, and be happy. That, coupled with boundless energy, make it a profoundly worthwhile practice.

BM: My children like me better.

MDR: Does your whole family meditate? If not, do you wish they did?

NM: Currently four of us meditate; two other sons did meditate for several years but seem to have taken a break from it for the time being. My little sister has also just started meditating and cialis 20mg on line says it's terrific!

BM: Only two do. And since I know that everything is perfect, that’s fine.

MDR:  Do you think meditation can be embraced by Christians? Atheists? Have you had any "backlashes" from religious people to the teachings of the school?

NM: Christians? "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates by day and night." Psalm 1 verse 2. So what's the problem? ... Atheists? I don't believe in them. {smile}

BM: I am a Christian. A parish priest once signed up for Part 1 {of the intro course by The School of Practical Philosophy} and loved it.

MDR: My boyfriend is a self-proclaimed atheist, so I had to ask! It's interesting, as I put all my time and efforts into the vedas, he puts his into not believing, yet we both still seem to end up at the same place. There really are two sides to every coin. When I teach yoga, I always want to make sure that I am presenting Vedic philosophy as a philosophy and not a religion. I learned that from my teacher Dave! Although I don't call the deities "dudes". {laughing!}

MDR: Niall, your passion is Sanskrit. This is a language that is (or "was") disappearing. Has a lot of the language already been lost? Do you think it's making a comeback due to the popular yoga movement? Why keep it around, and why study it?

NM: Disappearing language? There are at least a dozen periodicals published in Sanskrit, all-India radio news broadcasts in Sanskrit, television shows and feature length movies produced in Sanskrit, one village of 3000 inhabitants who communicate through Sanskrit alone, not to mention countless smaller intellectual communities throughout India, schools, as well as families where Sanskrit is fostered. Sanskrit is being used as a platform for penetrating the frontier of computer studies into natural language processing. None of the language can be lost, for it is self-contained. The word itself means "entirely perfected", so it's here to stay.

Why keep it around? It keeps US around! And its study is deeply rewarding, bringing understanding to the intelligence and clarity to the mind.

Haven't you found this to be so?

MDR: Well, I guess by getting lost, I meant all the lr's disappeared! {smile} When I first started learning ashtanga yoga with my teacher, Dave Oliver, I was introduced to Sanskrit via counting the sun salutations and pronouncing the pose names. After each practice I would get a little session of philosophy and a small list of things to learn. At first, I thought, "who needs to learn all this Sanskrit stuff just to practice yoga?!" Always have faith in your teacher! Without the Sanskrit, I don't think I would still be practicing asana, and definitely not meditating! I would be just another driver asleep at the wheel!

MDR: I often have people inquire about the Vedas and I like to explain them as being a blend of science and spirituality. There are things we can see and non-generic cialis prove, and there are things we can't...at least not yet. I believe you entered the Vedic world as a "scientist". How has your perception of science and the {physical} world changed since reading these scriptures about life?

NM: At one time I held the view that scientists had the most knowledge, and therefore were the most fit to run the world! I have since come to the conclusion that science is really playing "catch up". One speaker expressed the difference between philosophy and science as: "Philosophy starts from unity and seeks to explain diversity. Science starts from diversity and seeks to discover unity - whether expressed as a general theory of relativity, or whatever."

BM: More wonder and awe than ever.

MDR: It's important to have a "vision" for your life, or a mission statement, so to say. What is your own personal mission statement or vision?

NM: It's said that the highest function of a human being is to discover the truth about the Self. To realize what one really is. This would be my vision.

BM: To discover the truth.

MDR: I used to say my mission statement was to experience everything. I have sinced changed mine to discover the truth as well. Experiencing pieces of the truth is much more exhilerating than all the stories and illusions!

MDR: Niall, Barbara, thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me and do this interview! Such clear, concise tidbits of wisdom to share! I just want to make sure that everybody knows what you are offering at The School of Practical Philosophy and Meditation! There is a sequence of 5- and 10-week courses with you both, in the Phoenix area, as well as around the world with other teachers. The school isn't asking you to believe anything! They are just offering new questions and some ideas to try on. The answers all lie within your own experience. Very profound answers at that.

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