Taken from Mother Radha’s notes, written at Swamiji’s feet.
In the Upanishads is says: Eat sattvic [pure, vegetarian, non mind- and sense-stimulating. Some Hindus won't eat the onions and garlic shown in the picture, or even ginger, as they're regarded as 'rajasic' or stimulating] food. But do not become a fanatic.
In India they have the habit to sit down [meaning cross-legged, on the floor]. They sit like that and eat, sit like that and talk. Anything they do in the day they do to make the meditation posture easy.
In sleep you should do things that make you go towards God - not away from God and God thought.
An Excerpt from a Book by Swami Yatishwarananda
Rhythmic breathing must become a habit.
[Swami Shivapadananda] But we have given up good habits, let alone spiritual habits. Master said, ‘I am the machine and Thou art the operator’. And, ‘I am the house and Thou art the Indweller.’
You must be aware that you do not cultivate bad habits. Always guard your mind against your habits and thoughts. Only think about God and your Self. Forget anything else. Every sadhaka [spiritual aspirant or seeker] should try to do this. You must have a relationship with a particular aspect of God or a holy person. If you don’t have it you must cultivate it, you must feel it.
Book: Then you must learn to see the Cosmic Being at the back of the Personal God. Then see the Absolute at the back of the Cosmic. The Personal God takes us step by step to the highest knowledge.
The fact that you say, ‘I want to be an advaitist [practitioner of the non-dual, monistic, approach],’ means you must deny the body and the mind.
Book. If you have a problem, bring in the divine current and ventilate the whole atmosphere. Be straightforward in all your dealings. Be childlike, but not childish. Be aloof in the company of worldly people in a dignified way - but without being haughty.
[Swami Shivapadananda] This is very important.
Book: Do not listen to advice from fools.
[Swami Shivapadananda] This is very, very important.