Bhaktachintamani

Nishkulanand Swami composed this shastra in Gujarati. It is in poetic form, chiefly using the famous chopai metre. Nishkulanand Swami was born in a remote village called Shekhpat and despite his almost total lack of formal education, by the grace of Shriji Maharaj he was able to compose this and many other shastras and thus reveal his deep devotion towards Maharaj.

There are 164 prakrans in this text. Besides depicting the divine exploits of Maharaj, Nishkulanand Swami has vividly described the celebration of Holi and Annakut festivals. He has described in detail the places visited by Maharaj and has listed eminent devotees form the time of Shriji Maharaj and their native towns and villages. Prakaran 64, popularly called Fagva Prakaran, is familiar to all the members of the Sampradaya. Prakarans 76, and 103 to 105 are most important ones because they clearly describe the supreme glory of Maharaj as Purushottam. Prakarans 106 to 110 which deal with topics like freedom from passion, freedom from avarice, freedom from taste, non-attachment and freedom from ego, are also worthy of detailed study. In Prakaran 102, Nishkulanand Swami has paid great tribute to the divine glory of Maharaj and has devoutly narrated his divine exploits.

This portrays the deep devotion of Nishkulanand Swami towards Maharaj. For those devotees who ponder upon these glorious divine exploits of Maharaj this shastra is a wish-fulfilling gem and, therefore, it has rightly been called ‘Bhaktachintamani’ – the wish-fulfilling gem of the devotees. Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj always instructed the devotees to recite this shastra to help them overcome difficulties.