If it were me I'd consider the following ( also, I think EM's post did nice job on a list):
Originally Posted by Anasuyaa
- what school is the svāmi aligned to ( example dual, non-dual ) ?
- What do you know of that school ?
- do you feel comfortable around him ? at home with him ? does he uplift you ?
- do you know others that are aligned with his teaching? and what do you see in them?
- can you make a commitment and keep it for a long time ?
- what are your expectations ? Of yourself? Of him ?
because you are identical with śiva