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About meOur library is guided by and named in honour of the Divine Mother Saraswati. Saraswati Ma is the Goddess of learning, knowledge and wisdom of the highest spiritual kind. She is also the Goddess of fine arts and speech.
As a compound word, ‘Saraswati’ consists of ‘sar’ and ‘swa’; 'sar' meaning the essence (Essential Nature) and 'swa' the Self (the Higher Self).
Goddess Saraswati is generally represented as sitting on a white lotus, accompanied by her white swan (Her vehicle), holding a spiritual text or book, playing her veena (stringed musical instrument) and singing eternally the song of Divine Wisdom in the soul of each being.
About my librarySaraswati Library Mangrove is located at Mangrove Yoga, 300 Mangrove Creek Road, Mangrove Creek, New South Wales, 2250, Australia. It is a specialised library of yoga and related subjects, primarily available to yoga teachers and students of Satyananda Yoga Academy Australia.
Yoga teachers, yogic studies students, ashram residents and guests can use and borrow from the Saraswati Library during their ashram stay. Loans of books for use outside the Ashram are only available to our enrolled yogic studies students (academic policy applies) and to members of the Yoga Association of Mangrove Mountain (YAMM).
DONATIONS: Donations of good quality Yoga and related books (in terms of both content and condition) are welcome and appreciated. The Saraswati Library's core subjects and collecting areas are:
• yoga - including yoga practices, yoga philosophy and yoga psychology
• meditation – all traditions
• Vedanta, Samkhya and other Indian philosophies
• Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other source texts
• Tantra, Tantras
• Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma
• Religion, comparative religion; spirituality
• Autobiographies and biographies of gurus, yogis, yoginis, saints, social reformers, disciples and devotees; spiritual life and spiritual experiences
• India, Indology
• Health and wellbeing, yoga therapy, ayurveda; other therapies
• Personal development, self-improvement
• Yogic and Tantric art and literature, symbology, yantra, mandalas
Any donated books which are not in keeping with the library's ‘Collection Development Policy’, or are excess to requirements, are sold or donated elsewhere as appropriate. Any funds raised are used to buy new titles for the library.
Donations of money to fund the purchase of books is also welcome.
If you require any further information about the Saraswati Library, making donations, or assistance in using the Saraswati Library catalogue, please contact:
Swami Sumitrananda Saraswati
Librarian, Saraswati Library
NOTE: There is also a Saraswati Library located at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, Rocklyn, Victoria, 3364, Australia. This library is also catalogued on LibraryThing and can be located here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Saraswati_Library
Favorite authorsSwami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, Swami Sivananda Saraswati (Shared favorites)
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMar 15, 2010