The ancient Rishis were of simple-living whereas present gurus have long-long so many cars, assets, luxuries, etc., etc.
Vedas have only produced King Harishchandra, Dashrath, Janak, Abhimanyu, Arjun, Yudhishtr and several others the warriors and justice and Vyas Muni, Kapil Muni, Guru Vashishth, Atri Rishi, Agastya Rishi and other several the knowledgest and Mata Sita, Ansuya, Savitri and several others and Bal Brahamcharini Gargi, the guru of king Janak.
But due to our bad luck that we have forgotten Vedas and therefore rebirth of the said dignities are not being made visible, though the worship is lot in India.
Swami Ramswarup: Bhim had Ghtothkach from Hidimba, the only son. But this is history and we must remember it to make alive the culture to maintain the only good task in present life.
Otherwise we must always recite and remember the holy name of God for getting peace. What do one need to know when seeking a living Guru? The eternal culture of the universe are four Vedas the knowledge of which is generated in the heart of four Rishis by God himself.
Surya Prakash: I know that Gayatri Mantra is to be chanted in the morning, noon and dusk.
Whereas, I am working in such a place that morning would not be possible, (I can do mentally without proper asana or sitting) as everybody sleeping in the same room upto 8am, which I do not find privacy rather I do not like to chant in that area.
Fundamentally this is wrong and unauthenticated because Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, King Harishchandra and several kings and public of those time did guru like Guru Vashishth and Rishi Sandeepan and those all gurus knew thoroughly the knowledge of four Vedas, yajna, ashtang yoga.
I would request you to go through my 17 lectures of yoga at the top of this web site also.
But our bad luck that nowadays most of the so-called saints are preaching their own theory and against the Vedas, and thus people are attracted.
For example, mostly saints say that Shri Ram and Shri Krishna did guru so you also take guru.
So a complete guru is he who knows four Vedas and ashtang yoga and complete knowledge of karma, upasana and gyan.