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Leaves of Elvis’ Garden
by Larry Geller
review by Maia Christianne Nartoomid
The sub-title of this book is The Song
of His Soul. Certainly an apt description of what is inside the pages.
Larry was Elvis’ hairstylist, but much more. He was a close friend and true
confident - especially concerning Elvis’ driving quest for apprehending his
spiritual purpose in life and becoming a more balanced and enlightened human
Before he met Elvis in the early 1960's, Larry was already well on the path
of metaphysical spirituality and on many occasions, was able to become a
well of inspiration and guidance for Elvis Presley. Elvis drank from that
well without reservation.
I have read all of Larry Geller’s previous books on his experiences with
Elvis and their spiritual questing together, and found them enriching.
However, “Leaves of Elvis’ Garden” is in my opinion, a purer distillation of
Elvis’ soul-seeking and it’s profound register in his heart.
The name of this book was inspired from one of Elvis’ favorites: “Leaves of
Morya’s Garden.” In “Leaves of Elvis’ Garden” Larry quotes from this book:
“Reader, if you have not grasped–read again, after a while.
The predestined is not accidental,
the leaves fall in their time.
And winter is but the harbinger of spring.
All is revealed; all is attainable.”
Like it’s namesake, “Leaves of Elvis’ Garden” often approaches poetry in
it’s simple expression of Spirit and of Elvis’ love of Spirit - a love
greater for him than all the worldly riches he obtained in his life.
To me, the following paragraph from “Leaves of Elvis’ Garden” is a summation
of Larry Geller’s calling to write this book...
“Who was this man who changed music and culture forever? It’s easy to see
him as larger than life, a man of excessive talent and beauty and of
excessive weakness. What you see isn’t always what you get. The Elvis I
knew, the private Elvis, was an intelligent, thoughtful man who embarked on
a lifelong quest for meaning and enlightenment. I was privileged to share
that journey with him. It’s a journey he wanted me to share with you.”
“Leaves of Elvis’ Garden” does just that. If you have read any of Larry’s
other books on Elvis, you will not find this one simply a re-rendering of
what he has written before. In “Leaves” Larry has set aside much of the
telling to allow you to experience the being of Elvis Presley. If
you have not read the other Geller books, you will most certainly be
opened to a new and truer dimension of Elvis Presley.
Leaves of Elvis' Garden go to Larry Geller's website
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