Silence Maestas

is creating a library dedicated to Hindu belief, worship, and study

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Greetings! I'm Silence Maestas, an author, artist, and educator enthusiastic about sharing information about contemporary polytheism, devotional paganism. and ecstatic magical practice. I've written books and pamphlets, given lessons and lectures, presented in person and online, and spent decades helping people improve their spiritual practice through direct personal experience. Now, I want to establish a valuable educational asset for our shared religious communities. I've chosen to call it Madhavi's Library, after a particular goddess worshiped in my home.

For nearly 25 years I've read and collected a wide range of books on Hinduism - its practice, philosophy, saints, holy texts, and more. As I have progressed in my own practice, this small stack of books grew and grew; today, today my collection comprises around 200 volumes, including several rare and hard-to-find works. Rather than keeping this a purely private collection, I would like to share this wealth with the greater community and open it up to students, researchers, and the curious. 

Madhavi's Library contains books on many subjects, including:
-Shakta Tantra (Dasa Mahavidhyas, Shakti Pithams, and scriptures)
-Goddess worship and regional Shakta traditions (Kali, Manasa, Kamakhya, Sitala)
-Bengali devotional traditions (Ramakrishna Tradition, Caitanya Tradition, Gaudiya Math)
-Medieval Bhakti poetry
-Female devotional poets (Sri Andal, Mirabai, Bahinabai, Akka Mahadevi, etc.)
-Jagannath worship
-Krishna worship
-Vallabhacharya Sampradaya
-Gender variance and exceptionalism

Madhavi's Library is physical in the sense that it has bookshelves and physical books (and music and art!), although its primary face is electronic in order to reach the greatest possible number of people. Its current catalog is organized and hosted on LibraryThing. People can keep up with new acquisitions and other developments on the Madhavi's Library Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/Madhavis-Library-306566746687537 )

Patreon funds help the Library in several ways! Funds raised through Patreon go towards:
-Paying for subscription-based cataloging services that deliver improved organization and data management to users
-Supporting outreach efforts to new potential library users
-Furthering the organizational goals of Madhavi's Library, including user support and service
-Securing long-term stability of the project

What does all this mean? Basically, funds raised through Patreon help me make the library better - more organized, more stable, more long-term, and better able to help the people who come to me with research requests. One short-term goal I'd like to work towards is repairing some of the books that are in poor condition. Working with a professional book-binder will ensure that the library's holdings are preserved for decades to come. 

In many ways, Patreon support is its own reward - but let's get specific! As a supporter, you can expect:
-Quarterly catalog updates (general public will only see twice-yearly updates)
-Priority research assistance
-Opportunities to provide input on acquisitions
-A great feeling for knowing you are contributing to scholarship and the availability of knowledge
-Maybe more?? Who knows, time will tell

I'm very happy to share my private book collection with others; I'm glad this will no longer be something kept only for myself. I'd like this library to enrich our pagan and polytheist communities, as well as providing a resource to people who don't identify as such. As a practitioner, a believer, a bibliophile, and a collector, I want to do my best to share what I have with others. Thank you for your support.

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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 136 exclusive posts
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Images
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Polls
58
Writings
23
Videos

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