Hiranya and Saraswathi Gowda are here on pilgrimage from Tennessee for a few days, having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a week ago. They have established endowment funds at Hindu Heritage Endowment.
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.