The Story

The origins of Center of The Golden One begin with David Swanson. He was born in 1950 and was a quiet child, drawn to solitude. During his teen years, he cultivated an interest in spirituality, reincarnation, and the evolution of the soul. In his early 20’s, he joined the Krishna Consciousness Movement and spent time in India learning to meditate and chant. A humble lover of the Lord, he had no inkling of his destiny.

David Swanson

Sweet and willing surrender

By the summer of 1987, David had immersed himself in a rigorous and structured spiritual practice. At that time, a small group of people were blessed with the privilege of being present with David during the peak years of his spiritual transformation. Through years of deep meditation and  inner work together, they all came to know what was actually transpiring within David. They witnessed the presence of Lord Gourasana gradually manifesting in his body – in agreement with David’s desire and will.

It is not expected that others accept this experience as truth. However, those who were with David at this time knew in their hearts from their experience that the energy of an Incarnation of God was coming into David.

An Incarnation of God is not all of God manifesting, as all of God cannot fully enter a human body. But an Incarnation is God’s presence, love, and power letting itself be known and felt through a body for a certain purpose at a certain time.

Story quote

Excerpt from the talk


spoken by Gourasana in 1991.