Here are two young couples all the way from New Jersey on a short pilgrimage. Very devout, they came for the early morning Muruga puja today and dropped by our media lab. Vikas and Aparne Chawla, and Rajendar and Najuk Pakanati.
They are devotees of Sri Sri Pandit Ravi Sankar. They have been reading our publications for years, and use them to teach children. What is Hinduism they say is a key resource for their families. They encouraged the monks to get some mobile apps out with Hindu content.
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.