Early life :
Nishkulanand Swamiâ€™s name before initiation was Lalji Suthar. Â He hailed from the village of Sekhpat in Gujarat. Â Before meeting Lord Swaminarayan he was a disciple of Sadguru Ramanand Swami (Shreeji Maharajâ€™s Guru). Â Even before attaining diksha his life was ascetic. Â He and Mulji Sharma (Gunatitanand Swami) used to regularly meet and do satsang.
Initiation as a saint :
After Ramanand Swami installed Shreeji Maharaj to the throne of the satsang and before he left for Akshardham, he asked his disciples to follow the command of Sahajanand Swami. Â Lalji Suthar was a very obedient disciple and agreed to what his Guru said.
Once Shreeji Maharaj had to go to Kutch and asked Lalji Suthar to be his guide. Â Shreeji Maharaj wanted to stress the importance of reliance on God rather than own ego. Â The entire tale is fascinating but during their journey in the village of Adhoi, Shreeji Maharaj gave diksha to Lalji Suthar and named him Nishkulanand Swami.
Non-attachment personified :
Nishkulanand Swami was an ideal example of non-attachment, to the worldly objects. His hymns and kirtans describing the mortal nature of worldly pleasures, the inescapable severe pains and the sufferings therein, are so real and impressive that even a cruel, a vicious or a sinful would inclined to devotion of God. Â He himself led a very ascetic life.
Nishkulanand Swami was the writer of the first scripture of the Swaminarayan sampraday. Â Shreeji Maharaj asked to him visit hell and write about the sufferings in hell. Â He personally in a divine form went to the different hells and described the pains and sufferings in those in the scripture â€˜Yumdandâ€™. Â Yumdand along with other 19 of his scriptures together form the â€˜Nishkulanand Kavyaâ€™. Â His scripture â€˜Bhaktachintamaniâ€™ describes the life long activities of Shreeji Maharaj in a poetic form and is full of devotion.