Congratulations to these studious souls ! Shining examples of excellent performance in the midst of extreme adversity, and an embarrassment to those who enjoy an easier life yet do not study or achieve.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.