Shaivism is a major sect of Hinduism and it is commonly associated with asceticism. The core philosophy of Shaivism is that it believes there is an absolute God who is pure conscious and soul-conscious, and at the same time, passive and unconditionally dynamic.

There is a place for both the individual will and divine will. But, it neglects fate. It believes that man makes what he is through his desires and actions. But karma is always prevalent.