I am Ashwini Mokashi. I am a scholar with a spiritual bent of mind. I have been a lecturer in Philosophy, a teacher of ancient Greek and Sanskrit languages, a translator of technical German to technical English, a compensation manager in the US Corporoate world, a mom and a wife, active in social work, and a student of life. My first love was always reading Philosophy and here my passion comes to life.
I like to study and reflect upon various topics of interest to all of us, which have a philosophical implication, such as Happiness, Wisdom, Meditation, Love, Connection, as well as some deeper philosophical insights from the Gita, Upanishads, Vedanta as well as the six schools of Philosophy like Nyaya-Vaisheshika, Samkhya-Yoga, Purva-Mimamsa, Uttar-mimamsa or Vedanta. I enjoy studying Greek and Latin thinkers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Stoic Seneca and many others. I very much enjoy reading classical literature in Sanskrit, such as Kalidasa, Bhasa and many other playwrights as well as poets. Likewise, I read Marathi saint-poets from 12th to 19th century including a few names as Jnaneshwar, Tukaram, Samartha Ramdas, Eknath as well as some Hindi saint-poets, such as Mirabai and Kabir. In my leisure, I have read some German literature like Faust (the modified version), Erich Kaestener, philosopher Wittgenstein in German and only barely succeeded with reading Kant’s philosophical works in the original – his German being as difficult as the Sanskrit of Vedanta. But that is where the translations come in handy.
My goal here is to publish various pieces of my writing on various topics, try and synthesize the ancient wisdom to seek philosophical solutions to modern challenges and help solve the puzzle of happiness in as many ways as possible. I hope you will be a part of this journey, offer your views and enjoy reading some good stuff. Once in a while, you might see some recipe too!
Ashwini Mokashi has been a two-term President of the ‘Princeton Research Forum’, a group of independent research scholars in Princeton, NJ. She has worked as a Lecturer of Philosophy in Pune at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, as well as in Wadia and Ferguson Colleges. She spent a decade working in the Fortune 500 companies at the corporate world in the USA. She was educated at the SP Pune University, King’s College London and Rutgers University, NJ, USA.