Darshana

Darshana is a Sanskrit word that is used to refer to philosophy in general and to the six traditional schools of Hindu philosophy in particular.

It can mean seeing, discerning, knowing, experiencing.

It can mean inspecting, examining, and observing.

It can be used to refer to a knowing and a seeing that is beyond the intellect.

It can mean being blessed by the Divine and it can also mean a direct experience of the Divine.

Philosophical Practice

Empty is the discourse of that philosopher by which no human passion is attended to, says Epicurus

We agree.

In philosophical practice, we use the thousands of years of collective wisdom found in the philosophical traditions of all cultures to attend to your passions – to help you with your questions, your ambitions, your hopes and your fears.

How We Work

You will be met in love and treated with love.

We will never tell you what you “should” think, feel, or do.

We will always be honest with you.

We will tell you what we think, never what we think you want to hear.

We try to give you tools and possibilities that help you to discover and develop ways of thinking, feeling and living that are authentically yours.

We will use all tools available as they seem appropriate. Whatever works, works.

We will only work with you if we think we can help you.

Founder’s Story

“There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers,” writes Thoreau. “Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live.”

Hi. I’m Pranay Sanklecha. At 13, I left my family in India to do my A-Levels in England. At 15, I was admitted to read PPE at Oxford. Since then I’ve been a schoolteacher, a commodities trader, a writer, a cook, a restaurant owner and, most recently, a professor of philosophy.

As an academic philosopher, I worked in political and moral philosophy, on topics such as climate justice, intergenerational justice, individual and collective responsibility and, most recently, on the meaning of life and how to live when you don’t know what it is.

I was on the tenure-track but I resigned. I’ve decided, in Thoreau’s terms, to stop being a professor of philosophy and try to be a philosopher instead.

“To be a philosopher,” continues Thoreau, “is … so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.”

I want to use everything I’ve learned as a philosopher to help people. So here I am. If I can help you, I’d like to.

Drop me a line at hello@darshana.love⇗. I’d love to hear from you.