Who We Are

Who We Are2023-05-02T10:16:33+00:00

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Global Foundation for Ethics & Spiritual Health (GFESH) was established in 2014 with the single objective to bring science & spirituality together.

Vision: “To inspire ethical and conscious healthcare for promoting wellness of the body, mind and spirit.”

Objectives: GFESH will strive towards achieving the following objectives –

1. To promote Ethical and Conscious Medical practices.
2. To promote application of Spirituality in Medicine.
3. To propagate Holistic Healthcare.
4. To promote Integrative Medicine, incorporating alternative forms of
Medicine.
5. To pioneer Conscious Advocacy in Healthcare.
6. To promote Research based on Spirituality in Medicine .
7. To guide establishment of Spiritual Care Departments in hospitals

Patron Members

H.H. Radhanath Swami
H.H. Radhanath Swami
HH Radhanath Swami is an internationally renowned spiritual guide, community builder, and the author of “The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami”.

Numerous medical projects have been developed under his guidance in Mumbai, India, based on the ideal of Spirituality and Healing in Medicine, including the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Barsana Eye Camp, and Vrindavan Hospice.

Mr. Alfred Ford
Mr. Alfred Ford
Alfred Ford is the great grandson of Henry Ford. The legendary senior Ford was also very interested in spirituality and believed in reincarnation. This influence was carried onto Mr. Alfred Ford, who was greatly inspired by a spiritual calling in his life. Continuing the legacy of his great grandfather, Mr. Ford along with his wife, Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya, PhD, are visionary entrepreneurs and philanthropists with deep strategic interests in improving global health, particularly in the developing world.
Mr. H.A. MAFATLAL
Mr. H.A. MAFATLAL
Mr. Hrishikesh Arvind Mafatlal, serves as Chief Executive of the Arvind Mafatal Group of Companies. He was the President of the Millowners’ Association, Mumbai (MOA). He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School. He continues in his late father’s philanthrophic footsteps, as he has been greatly moved and committed to various spiritual endeavors. He is the Chairman of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital and is an active supporter of numerous medical charitable projects.

Managing Committee

Dr. Ajay Sankhe
Dr. Ajay SankheInternational President, GFESH
He is a Consulting Pediatrician and Director of Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute, a 200 bedded tertiary care centre at Mira road, with more than 25 years of experience. He is also the Director of 6 more units of Bhaktivedanta Hospital located in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute is known for its quality medical care with added spiritual component and has performed more than forty thousand free surgeries for poor patients. The hospital has received a Worldwide Achievers Health care excellence summit award in 2015 for “Best multispeciality Hospital in Maharashtra for Innovation and Research”

Dr. Ashok Shetty
Dr. Ashok ShettyIndia President, GFESH
A practicing Consultant Dermatologist.

Director, Community Welfare, Health and Safety at GEV. Ex. Deputy Director (Medical Services) of Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute. Ex. managing committee member of Association of Medical Consultants.
His special interest is role of Spirituality in health and has presented papers in National Dermatology Conference on effect of spirituality in Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis.

Dr. Sanjiv Agarwal
Dr. Sanjiv AgarwalInternational Secretary, GFESH
MBBS, FRCS( UROLOGY)

Dr Sanjiv Agarwal is a Consultant Urologist and Hon. Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine and NHS trust London UK. He has been a consultant since 1997. Sanjiv graduated in India receiving his MBBS & MS ( Gen Surg) degrees and then in UK receiving FRCS( Surgery and Urology ) in 1994. He received fellowship training in Henry Ford hospital, Detroit and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto prior to joining as Consultant in Hammersmith Hospital in 1997. He is the Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee of the BMI Syon clinic. He has held various positions in Imperial trust like Chair of Clinical governance etc. He is member of MAC at BMI Bishopswood Hospital. He is the Chair of theatres users committee at the BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital and the Lead of the paediatric steering committee for surgery and anaesthesia. He is Ex Trustee of Bhaktivedanta Manor (served in this role from 2012-2021) and a member of Council of Patrons and Patrons working committee. Bhaktivedanta manor was established in 1972 and was donated by George Harrison of Beatles? fame. Currently, he has the service of Chairing the Global health care committee.

Mr.Snehal Dalal
Mr.Snehal Dalal Treasurer, GFESH
Lifestyle counselor and international motivational speaker.
Dr. Santhosh Choudhari
Dr. Santhosh ChoudhariIndia Secretary, GFESH
MBBS MD.PSM MHA
Presently working as a Additional district health officer , Govt of Maharashtra
Life member of IAPSM
Life member of RFFHA ( Reserch foundation of hospital and health administration)
Public health expert
National trainer for Disaster management , Immunization and adolescent health counseling.

Regional Leaders

Dr. Neeraj Kamthe
Dr. Neeraj KamtheDivisional Head, Pune Division, GFESH BAMS
He is an well known Ayurveda and Panchakarma practitioner. Director of Dr. Kamthe’s Chaitanya Ayurveda Hospital in Saswad Pune which is an Nirogstreet certified hospital.

He is also a philanthropist and conducts free medical camps in surrounding area.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Research Institute is known for its quality medical care with added spiritual component and has performed more than forty thousand free surgeries for poor patients. The hospital has received a Worldwide Achievers Health care excellence summit award in 2015 for “Best multispeciality Hospital in Maharashtra for Innovation and Research”

Dr. Navnath JanjaleDivisional Head, Nashik Division, GFESH
MBBS, DMRE, PGDM Presently working as radiologist in Baramati.
Youth counselor & Motivatiponal Speaker.
Gives discourses on Personality development, time management etc.
Dr. Kavitha Chintala, MD, FACC, FASE
Dr. Kavitha Chintala, MD, FACC, FASEDivisional Head, Hyderabad
Dr. Kavitha Chintala is a Senior Consultant Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist at Apollo Health City in Hyderabad. She is board certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Cardiology from the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), American College of Cardiology (FACC) and American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).

She has published many peer-reviewed articles, is a regular journal reviewer, has mentored many trainees and lectured nationally and internationally. She has participated in Medical mission trips globally and has conducted many free medical camps across India. She was the organizing secretary for GFESH Hyderabad chapter conference held in 2016. Her interests include spirituality in medicine, medical ethics and value education. Srimad Bhagavad Gita is her constant source of inspiration.



Our Inspiration

Radhanath Swami has been a monk in the bhakti tradition for nearly 50 years, dedicating his life to helping people find meaning, whilst leading social initiatives which feed, house and heal millions of those in need.

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Our Inspiration

His Holiness Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyasi and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence, which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths. Born Richard Slavin, on December 7, 1950, in his teens he came to confront a deep sense of alienation from suburban Chicago life and the civil injustices of mid-century America. At the age of nineteen, while on a summer trip to Europe, his internal struggles culminated in a commitment to search for God wherever it might lead him. Meditating on the Isle of Crete, he felt a supernatural calling and the next morning set off alone to find spiritual India. His book,“The Journey Home” documents his odyssey as a penniless hitchhiker though Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally India. There he lived as a wandering ascetic, first amongst the forest dwelling Himalayan yogis and later amongst a wide variety of gurus and spiritual practitioners throughout India and Nepal. Ultimately, he was led to the holy town of Vrindavan, where he found his path amongst the Bhakti-yogis. In Vrindavan he found the teacher he was searching for in A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and representative of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. In choosing Bhaktivedanta Swami, as his guru, Radhanath Swami felt compelled to shear his matted locks and reenter Western society with a mission to share the sacred wisdom he had received. This return exemplifies the form of devotional yoga which is at the heart of Radhanath Swami’s teachings, a spiritual practice expressed as tangible action meant to bring about personal fulfillment and benefit the world. At the the age of 31 he took the monastic vows of a Vaishnava sanyasi and became known as Radhanath Swami.

His Holiness Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyasi and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence, which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths. Born Richard Slavin, on December 7, 1950, in his teens he came to confront a deep sense of alienation from suburban Chicago life and the civil injustices of mid-century America. At the age of nineteen, while on a summer trip to Europe, his internal struggles culminated in a commitment to search for God wherever it might lead him. Meditating on the Isle of Crete, he felt a supernatural calling and the next morning set off alone to find spiritual India. His book,“The Journey Home” documents his odyssey as a penniless hitchhiker though Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and finally India. There he lived as a wandering ascetic, first amongst the forest dwelling Himalayan yogis and later amongst a wide variety of gurus and spiritual practitioners throughout India and Nepal. Ultimately, he was led to the holy town of Vrindavan, where he found his path amongst the Bhakti-yogis. In Vrindavan he found the teacher he was searching for in A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and representative of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. In choosing Bhaktivedanta Swami, as his guru, Radhanath Swami felt compelled to shear his matted locks and reenter Western society with a mission to share the sacred wisdom he had received. This return exemplifies the form of devotional yoga which is at the heart of Radhanath Swami’s teachings, a spiritual practice expressed as tangible action meant to bring about personal fulfillment and benefit the world. At the the age of 31 he took the monastic vows of a Vaishnava sanyasi and became known as Radhanath Swami.

Today Radhanath Swami travels regularly throughout India, Europe and North America, sharing the teachings of Bhakti-yoga. He resides much of the year at the Radha Gopinath Ashram in Chowpatty, Mumbai.

For the past twenty-five years he has guided the community’s development and has directed a number of acclaimed social action projects including Midday Meals, which daily serves more than 260,000 plates of sanctified vegetarian food to the children of the slums of Mumbai. He has also worked to establish missionary hospitals and eye camps, eco-friendly farms, schools and ashrams, an orphanage, and a number of emergency relief programs throughout India.

HIS BESTSELLING BOOK – THE JOURNEY HOME

Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self awareness and a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.
Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous, and heartwarming.

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