Using Leisure to Improve Lives

Thank you APPA (American Philosophical Practitioners’ Association) for publishing my article entitled ‘Using Leisure to Improve Lives – Epictetus, Seneca and Indian Philosophy‘. The special double issue is based on the theme of how Philosophy can help during a global pandemic. Below is the pdf of my article. For more information about the journal, pleaseContinue reading “Using Leisure to Improve Lives”

My Talk at APPA on Saturday, July 11th

Thanks to Prof. Lou Marinoff (President of APPA) and the board of Directors at the American Philosophical Practitioners Association for inviting me to deliver a lecture at their annual meeting. My talk is held on July 11th from 2.30 pm to 3.45 pm on the topic of ‘Wisdom Leads to Happiness‘. Please join us forContinue reading “My Talk at APPA on Saturday, July 11th”

My Talk at the Princeton University Hindu Life Program

*** TOMORROW *** SAPIENS & STHITAPRAJNAa Comparative Exploration of Seneca’s Stoicism and the Bhagavad-Gita a wisdom talk by Ashwini Mokashi, PhD SP Pune University,Princeton Research Forum  Wednesday, June 24 | 6pm EDTon ZOOM Click hereto join at the time of the event.__ What makes one a wise person? How should one act in the world to be happy? What is a life well-lived? These central questions drive both the StoicContinue reading “My Talk at the Princeton University Hindu Life Program”

Profile on Psychology Today

Covid-19 is challenging the mental health of many. I am here to help. I have a few spots open, if anyone needs help. Philosophical counseling is a great way to gain perspective on life’s issues and feel positive. Below is my profile on Psychology Today. The goal is ‘happiness for everyone through philosophical reflection’.

उपनिषदातील भीतीचे निराकरण

लेखिका: अश्विनी मोकाशी, Ph.D. © परिचय सध्याच्या परिस्थितीत करोना महामारीच्या भीतीमुळे आणि घरात सक्तीने बसावे लागल्याने चिंतेचे विकार वाढत आहेत. लोकांना एकूण जीवनाविषयी चिंता वाटते आणि ते निष्क्रियतेच्या टोकापर्यंत जाऊन काळजी करतात. निष्क्रियतेचे कारण भीती आणि असुरक्षितता आहे; उदाहरणार्थ पुढे काय होईल याची भीती, मृत्यूची किंवा दु: खाची भीती, फायद्याची किंवा तोट्याची भीती, अपयशाची भीती, ताणतणावांची काळजी, इत्यादी. काळजी केल्याने फायदा काहीच होतContinue reading “उपनिषदातील भीतीचे निराकरण”

आनंदाची मोजपट्टी 

लेखिका: अश्विनी मोकाशी © प्रत्येक वर्षी 20 मार्च रोजी ‘आंतरराष्ट्रीय आनंद दिन’ साजरा केला जातो. कोरोनाव्हायरस, कर्फ्यू आणि सामाजिक अंतर, घरातून नोकरी करणे किंवा घरून शाळा शिकणे, अशा सद्य परिस्थितीत आनंदी राहणे फारच अनाकलनीय आणि अशक्य कोटीतील गोष्ट वाटत आहे. परंतु कदाचित ही समस्या आपल्याला काही प्रमाणात सोडवता येईल. आपल्याला भगवद्गीतेतील आणि स्टोइझीझममध्ये सांगितलेली आनंदाची संकल्पना माहित असेल, तर आपल्याला या परिस्थितीतदेखील स्वतःला संतुलित, समतोल आणिContinue reading “आनंदाची मोजपट्टी “

Measuring Happiness

By Ashwini Mokashi © Today is the International Day of Happiness, celebrated each year on March 20th. In the current circumstances of the fear of coronavirus, curfews and social distancing, working or schooling from home – being happy seems like a far-stretch. But perhaps it will help, if we know the idea of Happiness, asContinue reading “Measuring Happiness”

Upanishadic Antidote to Anxiety

By Ashwini Mokashi © Introduction Anxiety disorders are on the rise. People suffer from generalized anxiety about life and they worry to the point of inaction. At the root of inaction lies fear and insecurity, fear of the unknown, fear of death or suffering, fear of gain or loss, fear of failure. Worrying does notContinue reading “Upanishadic Antidote to Anxiety”

Platonic Idealism Reflected in Stoicism

By Ashwini Mokashi, Ph.D. In this article, I would like to discuss the idea of the wise person in Stoicism, with a focus on Seneca’s writings and the origin of the concept in Plato’s writings. The article will discuss (a) who is a Sapiens, (b) the process of becoming a Sapiens and (c) philosophical critiqueContinue reading “Platonic Idealism Reflected in Stoicism”

Book-Review by Odile Belmont

Odile Belmont taught French language at the Princeton University as a Lecturer. In ‘Sapiens and Sthitaprajna‘, Ashwini Mokashi makes an interesting comparison between Sapiens, the wise person in Seneca’s Stoic philosophy, and Sthitaprajna, the sage according to the Indian tradition. The questions raised in the book seem as relevant today as they were such aContinue reading “Book-Review by Odile Belmont”