Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He spent his youth wandering through disparate countries and cultures yearning for an experience of truth; after finally meeting his spiritual teacher in India he has spent the last 50 years internalising that spiritual practice and sharing it with others. He is not only a guide, but a community builder, activist, and a New York Times Best selling author. Rooted in his study of ancient India’s mystic devotional tradition, Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.
The initiative of the Barsana Healthcare Center had its seeds sown through Barsana Eye Camp. A group of doctors (who in turn founded the Bhaktivedanta Hospital later) & H. H. Radhanath Swami were on a pilgrimage to Barsana, Mathura Dist., UP in the year 1992 who identified the need to conduct eye camp to reduce needless blindness from the cluster of villagers surrounding Barsana. The camp became a regular feature after it received an over whelming response from the local communities & nearby villages in Barsana. The need & the magnitude of blindness triggered starting a full-fledged facility offering specialized Eye & Dental care under one roof to poor & the needy sections of the society in that area.
The facility is currently equipped with an Eye OPD, Operation Theater (OT), Pharmacy & Optical Shop with plans to expand into a full-fledged dental facility in the future.
The objectives of Barsana Healthcare Center: –
1) Reduction of needless blindness as per WHO Vision 2020.
2) Offer quality dental care to the local communities.
3) Provide general healthcare & surgical facilities to the needy.
Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute is a non-profit, multi-speciality, hospital providing holistic healthcare and at the cutting-edge of medical research. The hospital is responsible for various community initiatives for the welfare of rural and tribal populations.
What makes Bhaktivedanta Hospital unique is that modern medical technology and healthcare is offered with a unique integrated approach to Ayurveda, homeopathy and other complementary medical therapies. Trained personnel from the dedicated spiritual care department offer counselling, prayers and meditation for the patients and relatives to help them face the trials of disease.
Every child should be educated, which means every child must be fed so they can concentrate in class. Annamrita works with the Government of India’s Midday Meals programme to feed over 1.2 million children daily for free.
Although free public education is offered to children aged 6–14, poverty prevents the underprivileged from taking advantage of it since they need to work in order to feed themselves.
In 2004, the Government of Maharashtra appointed Annamrita to provide nutritional midday meals for primary school children. In this state 300,000 free meals a day are distributed between Mumbai and Pune.
Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), recognised by United Nations World Tourism Organisation, is a spiritual oasis in the heart of Maharashtra, based on the principles of “simple living and higher thinking”, that brings spirituality to life. It’s a community which hosts multiple yoga, self-improvement, health, academic and spiritual events throughout the year, within its tranquil and sustainable space.
Goverdhan Ecovillage is honoured to be leading the way in creating sustainable solutions for synergised social, economic, ecological and cultural conditions in rural communities across 7 different areas:
Empowerment of farmers; Water Resource Development; Women’s Empowerment; Livelihood for the Landless; Rural Education; Skill Development and Enhancement; and Health Care.