As per my knowledge there are four Vedas and Upanishads are the gist of Vedas and the different Vedanta schools of thought are commentary on Vedas.

Is it possible to understand Vedas without the help of another person like a guru? Is there any such example in scriptures?

Is learning Sanskrit necessary to understand Vedas?

Are there any online resources, where can I get actual Vedas and learn without anyone's help?

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    Nothing is impossible with the help of God. – yhu6 Oct 11 '15 at 21:39
  • All the scriptures tell you that a Guru is necessary. Can you learn astrophysics or electrical engineering on your own? – Swami Vishwananda Oct 12 '15 at 9:57
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    Good question! Lord Dattatreya, one of the incarnations of God, showed, that God Himself is the True Guru. In the form of a bird, a dog, etc. Dattatreya learned about the True Nature of the Self and attained Self-Realization. The idea is that if one has sincerity in attaining Self-realization, that is enough. Guru will come automatically, in fact, if Guru doesn't come, God will Himself come! This is the Truth. A human Guru is not necessary, however with the grace of a human Guru one can easily attain God, it helps a lot. But sincerity is more important sir – Sai Oct 13 '15 at 19:34
  • This is said not to debate but felt interesting view point. Sri Krishna being an incarnation of the Lord has proved with his leela many times. In spite of that, he underwent study under Sandeepa maharishi and learnt many stuffs quickly. The explanation that pooravacharyas give here is that Krishna wants to emphasize that the learning should be always be under Guru. In those times, learning means learning veda + others. – Narayanan Oct 20 '15 at 4:20

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