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Elvis the seeker

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.

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ChristianAnarchist's picture

Elvis was special, no doubt

Elvis was special, no doubt about that. I was thinking as I read the story and watched some videos on YouTube that he lived in a total different life than most people with the money all around and the fame. None of us can imagine that life style and yet I believe I will meet him in the afterlife and you know what? I doubt if anything we did on this planet will even come up. All of the things we think are so important to us here won't even register. "What Rolls Royce? What dog Rover? What wife???"

It's not that I think these things we did here will be unavailable to our memory banks, it's just that they will be completely insignificant so as to not even be considered for "conversation" (however we will communicate in that realm)...

Beware the cult of "government"...

My greatest fear is dying like he did.

On the toilet.

I would hate to be found that way.

being a baby boomer . . .

"You aint nothing' but a hound dog" was one of the first songs I went around singing as a child.

Burned into my being.

(I actually prefer other genres than R&R, but that is what my parents listened to)

I believe Elvis does have interesting ancestry.

Native American, Scots Irish, French, Jewish and unknown.

I'm not surprised he was interested in spirituality. And, of course, there would be those who would not like that.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Suspicious Minds

It's a love song and more. Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson have a lot in common. People used to call Elvis, "The white nigger."


"We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out, because I love you too much Baby."

Elvis was bigger than McDonald's, so he had to go because he loved America too much...

"Elvis ate America, before America ate him."


Elvis is still in the building.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Elivs - You Were Always On My Mind


To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

He lost a twin brother

(stillborn) that had a profound effect on him. They apparently maintained a spiritual bond. As to his being a seeker, I wasn't aware of the breadth of what he looked into. But thanks to Tower Records I did come to realize how deeply he felt about Jesus. Some favorite songs:
Run On http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odg02qwO5uU
Where Could I Go But To The Lord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_s23-_uK4w
How Great Thou Art http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf0vJiyeLIo&list=RDE4IGlTLXHDg
Take My Hand Precious Lord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeeZr6uIHj4&list=RDE4IGlTLXHDg
Crying in the Chapel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nnytUz8JRw
In The Garden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMnBYESE984

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Poor Elvis

There are two stories I remember about the sadness of Elvis.

He was so stressed out and f*'d up that he needed all kinds of drugs to sleep. The one story I heard was that he would take his sleeping pills, and start eating cheeseburgers. He'd see how many he could eat before he got so tired that he fell asleep. He'd fall asleep mid burger, and his handlers would have to pull the half-chewed burger out of his mouth so he wouldn't choke.

The second story is that after he died, they did an autopsy on him. They cut open his colon and found 50 lbs of hardened fecal matter in there.

I don't know if either of these stories is true. I heard the same thing about John Wayne - about the 50 lbs of hardened fecal matter. Probably just a rumor.

Anyway, here's something from his happier, innocent days;


Thanks for posting. Off to read the rest of the article.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

The story about Elvis meeting the Beatles was interesting.

Just a casual Elvis fan. Didn't know this about him.

During the filming of Harum Scarum Elvis was delving into Autobiography of a Yogi, which, along with The Prophet and The Impersonal Life, became one of his favorite books. It relates the life story of Mukunda Lal Ghosh, an Indian mystic who became famous under his religious name, Paramahansa Yogananda.

The article also mentions that Cheiro's Book of Numbers was one of his favorites as well.

Good old Elvis. Who knew?

Thanks again for posting.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.