The Pursuit of Happiness

By Dr. Ashwini Mokashi The pursuit of wisdom, virtue, and happiness are lifelong goals, and the process of attaining these goals itself is a worthwhile experience. Such themes from ancient texts continue into contemporary conversation, while the quest for happiness is pursued anew with each new generation. Ancient wisdom has stood the test of timeContinue reading “The Pursuit of Happiness”

Upanishads and the Cure for Loneliness

By Ashwini Mokashi, Ph.D. Introduction Loneliness is a major problem in the current times. This article tries to address the issue of loneliness and the cure for it from the ancient wisdom of Hindu Philosophy. We will take three principles to address this issue from the Indian philosophical texts of the Upanishads and will alsoContinue reading “Upanishads and the Cure for Loneliness”


I Introduction The most celebrated doctrine of Plato, his ‘Theory of Ideas’, which is the center of his philosophy, faces some acute problems. This theory is very harshly attacked by the critics, and therefore, it stands in need of re-examination. A critic like Aristotle shows the invalidity of the argument in its favor with hisContinue reading “REFLECTIONS ON ARISTOTLE’S CRITICISM OF FORMS”

उपनिषदांची साथ आणि एकाकीपणाचा ऱ्हास

उपनिषदांचा अभ्यास हा आपला खूप मोठा ठेवा आहे. आपली संस्कृती समजण्यात आणि जपण्यात मराठी लोकं नेहमीच अग्रेसर असतात. त्यामुळे प्रत्येक नवीन पिढीला आपल्या संस्कृतीचा वारसा सोपवणे आणि त्यांना आपल्या भारतीय असण्याचा अभिमान निर्माण करणे, या सगळ्या बाबी यात ओघाने येतातच. हे वाचताना त्या वाङ्मयाचे सौंदर्य पण अनुभवता येते. महत्त्वाची बारा उपनिषदे इसवीसनापूर्वी लिहिली गेली आणि तीContinue reading “उपनिषदांची साथ आणि एकाकीपणाचा ऱ्हास”

चांगले जीवन कसे जगावे

लेखिका : अश्विनी मोकाशी  (c) मानवी इतिहासामध्ये संपूर्ण पृथ्वीवरील प्रत्येकजण आनंदाचा आणि सुखाचा पाठपुरावा करतो. जगातील सर्वत्र प्रचलित असलेल्या या पाठपुराव्यासंदर्भात काही सत्ये असली पाहिजेत हे गृहीत धरून मी या विषयावरील प्राचीन तत्त्वज्ञानाकडे वळले. सुखाचा रस्ता सुज्ञ आणि नैतिक निवडीतून जाईल, याची मला कल्पनाही नव्हती. जर ते प्राचीन तत्त्ववेत्तांसाठी खरे होते तर ते अजूनही सत्य आहे का? जीवनाच्या काहीContinue reading “चांगले जीवन कसे जगावे”

Wisdom for a Happy Marriage – a Parody or a Perspective?

By Ashwini Mokashi © A happy marriage in modern times may be an oxymoron, or the institution of marriage may be on the verge of extinction looking at the divorce rates in the US. One prominent reason I see, is that a marriage tries to join two people or two families and expects them toContinue reading “Wisdom for a Happy Marriage – a Parody or a Perspective?”

Wisdom Leads to Happiness

Course Offered at the Evergreen Forum Please sign up for the course ‘Wisdom Leads to Happiness’, if you have interest in these topics. Ashwini Mokashi will be teaching the course from February 25th April 14th on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon. How often do you ask the question ‘why am I so happyContinue reading “Wisdom Leads to Happiness”

How to Lead a Good Life

(C) Ashwini Mokashi The pursuit of happiness is led by everyone across the planet throughout the human history. Assuming there must be some truths to this pursuit which are common across the world, I turned to the ancient wisdom on the subject. Little did I imagine that the road to happiness would go through wiseContinue reading “How to Lead a Good Life”

Keeping Independent Scholarship Alive

Seneca, an ancient Hellenic philosopher, always maintained that the retirement phase was an extremely important phase of life, as it allowed one to practice virtue and Philosophy. To me, this phase also symbolizes not just with the practice of virtue, but also with the practice of independent scholarship. In order to be an independent scholarContinue reading “Keeping Independent Scholarship Alive”

From Violence to Security

by Ashwini Mokashi (c) Violence against women has continued despite the wake-up calls through the ‘me too’ movement a few years ago. Violence occurs not just from powerful men, but also from men on the street. Anger takes the form of violence, when it is out of control. Why are women being held responsible inContinue reading “From Violence to Security”