Sangita Devi Dasi (Susan Pattinson, RN, CHPN) joined ISKCON at 16 years of age in 1972 and was twice initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles where she cared for the Deities for several years. In 1979, Sangita co-founded the Krishna conscious elementary school at ISKCON’s Honolulu center where she taught for several years.
Later, she helped established the long-running Hare Krishna Sunday School at ISKCON’s Philadelphia temple where she taught for 15 years. In addtion, she co-authored ISKCON’s Hare Krishna Sunday School nine-year curriculum, now used in ISKCON Sunday Schools worldwide and distributed by the ISKCON Educational Ministry, in order to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s personal instruction to her, “You should write books for children.”
In 1993, she received her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse and a year later became a Registered Nurse. In 2000, after receiving her Certification and specializing in Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPN), Sangita co-founded the non-profit organization Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill and Their Family). In addition to writing seven articles on hospice care that were published in various nursing journals, Sangita is the author of the book, “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas” (Torchlight Publishing, 1st and 2nd Editions), a hands-on text for the care of terminally ill loved ones. For fifteen years she has traveled throughout North America and India giving hospice seminars and workshops. She continues to train devotees throughout the world by presenting Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. seminars, as well as teaching through the V-C.A.R.E. Distance Learning Course on www.vaishnavascare.org.
For almost a decade, Sangita worked with Giriraj Swami to build the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India. She wrote an extensive curriculum to teach the staff nurses and nursing assistants who work in this 40,000 square foot hospice facility in the holy dhama. Sangita is acknowledged as being the international pioneer for end-of-life care in our ISKCON Krsna consciousness movement. She continues to work on the Nursing Advisory Committee for the Bhaktivedanta Hospice.
She presently resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina (U.S.) with her husband, Vamanadeva Das, a Network Engineer. They have one daughter, Rajani.