Bodhinatha gave a very interesting talk today about the difference between “jnana” as understood in general discussions pertaining to Vedanta and the it’s meaning as a stage of Realization Saiva Siddhanta.
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.