My dear Siddhanathaswami, my heart fills with joy to see a dear son achieving such an important goal in his spiritual life. Congratulations from a mother´s heart to the new Swami! And the sound of your loving laugh is one of my cherished memories of my visit there! With love, Amma Debora.
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.