Elvis the seekerSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 07:34
Garry Tillery | Reality Sandwich
Wed, 06 Nov 2013
Excerpted from The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley
To Elvis's frustration, no one in his life other than Larry Geller could appreciate his spiritual quest. The Memphis Mafia had no interest in any departure from the status quo. They resented Geller for ruining a good thing and stealing time and attention that used to belong to them.
They referred to him sarcastically as the Swami, Rasputin, and, because he was Jewish, Lawrence of Israel. They wouldn't hesitate to use the terms in front of Geller, but never in Elvis's hearing.
Colonel Parker saw him as a threat. The money machine he had constructed was humming along quite nicely. Why did Geller have to distract Elvis from important things - the things that kept the machine humming? Discounting that Geller's motives might be well intentioned and innocent, and no doubt subscribing to the notion that it takes one to know one, he concluded that the hair stylist was using his access to manipulate Elvis by psychological trickery.