Elvis and the Self-Realization Fellowship

Elvis was also a student of Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship, and became a friend of its then worldwide head, Sri Daya Mata, whom he affectionately referred to as ‘Mother.’ Elvis’ friend and employee Charlie Hodge, wrote that when Elvis asked Daya Mata, “Why did God make me Elvis Presley,” her response was to hand him some ancient manuscripts, saying that he might find the answer to his question within them. Larry Geller, devotes a whole chapter in his book to Elvis’ experiences with the Self Realization Fellowship and Sri Daya Mata.

In this book entitled ‘Elvis – His Spiritual Journey’, Larry Geller writes, “He (Elvis) would have liked to have emulated Yogananda, but was bound by a different destiny.” Larry revealed that Daya Mata told Elvis, “You must take care of your body. Your mind and Spirit do not worry me. They will be fine, as you meditate and grow calmer inside. You have done splendidly in these areas.”

Wanda Hill spoke with Elvis in 1973, just after his worldwide performance via satellite in Hawaii, which was seen by more people than the first landing on the moon. Following are excerpts from this conversation, in which Wanda asks Elvis if he has any hopes and dreams which he has yet to fulfill. [below a few excerpts from this conversation which you will find in full, in Blue Star Love.]

Elvis: My spiritual self, my inner being is hungry for personal contact with other people’s spiritual selves and inner beings on more than the physical level.

Elvis: “Some of the things that I think are kind of far out… and I don’t meet a lot of people that I can relate to, and those that I do meet that need to know more about their spiritual selves, I do the best that I can, but I would like to be in a position to reach these people that are out there, I know that, and I-I can’t get in that position.

“My career won’t allow it, my management won’t allow it, my friends won’t allow it, and I-I don’t want this on-on – I – I don’t want you to use this, because what I think is above and beyond what the majority of my fans think, and they’re not ready for this, they’re not ready to hear me say these things, so let’s just keep this to ourselves, alright?”

Wanda: “Sure, absolutely. I wouldn’t – no, don’t worry about it, don’t worry about it” (The decision was made to include this information in the book, as at that time Elvis didn’t feel his fans were ready for the truth of who he was, but we felt that this is a different world 20 [2019-42 years] years after his death, and Elvis would want the world to know this information now).
“Why not the classes that you belong to? Don’t you belong to some religious order or something? Aren’t you involved in something like that?” [SRF]

Elvis: “Uh, I really – I really don’t want to talk about it. It’s very dear to my heart, very personal. But the answer to your question is yes, I do, and I do the best I can, my time is so limited I can’t really be a part of it, I have so little time, which is unfortunate. But I – time is worth more than silver or gold to me. My time is very valuable. My time to myself, that’s what I’m referring to, my time to myself.”


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