This question is in my mind because of my lack of clarity between the role of a guru and the role of self-study in gaining an understanding of the reality of existence, which in my evaluation is what Hinduism is about. I would characterise the aim of such efforts as being able to distinguish between nitya and anitya that is to develop viveka. From my explorations so far, I have learnt that understanding the written material is not a substitute for being able to recite the verses in Sanskrit; the sound and the meaning associated with it have significance to put it briefly.
What prior knowledge would I need to be accepted by a guru knowledgeable on the language and the appropriate study path, and for instance the various ways of chanting the Vedas? Would my overall sense of appeal of the ideas from the Vedas and beyond I have encountered so far qualify me to be accepted by a guru to tutor me further from the level I am at?
This is broadly the matter I’m seeking engagement on, and do let me know if you would like me to clarify anything.