Synopses & Reviews
"The Tao is great, the king is also great."--Lao Tzu
"I'm a soul, a spirit, a force. I have no interest in anything of this world. I want
to live in another dimension entirely."--Elvis Presley
"Elvis thought the Tao was just another name for God."--Larry Geller,
Elvis's spiritual adviser and friend
Elvis Presley was an intensely spiritual man. Gospel was his music of choice, and his life--from innocence to addiction, from obscurity to fame, from "Hound Dog" to "Love Me Tender"--was one long quest to balance opposites. The Tao of Elvis is the first attempt to illustrate Elvis's Taoist nature and interpret his never-ending search for purpose and meaning. Highlighting Elvis's journey from light into dark, Jungian expert and Elvis scholar David Rosen explores and examines his life through the structure of the Tao Te Ching. In reflections on forty-two Taoist concepts--one for each year of Elvis's life--Rosen reveals how the Tao, a mysterious force, was and is operating through America's king. Like the Tao, Elvis is everywhere.
PRAISE FOR THE TAO OF JUNG
"Rosen's brief analysis of Jung's life in terms of Taoist principles is more an inspirational work than a biography."--Publishers Weekly
"Rosen writes clearly and meticulously documents all of his references to Jung and the Tao. His work serves as a good introduction to both Taoism and Jungian psychology."--Booklist
"The secret to entering Jung's remarkable work is to see it as a mystery. . . . [The Tao of Jung] counters the usual modern tendency to simplify and systematize what should remain eccentric and unique."--Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
An examination of the rock-and-roll legend's Taoist nature traces his search for purpose and meaning, in a volume that presents forty-two Taoist concepts, one for each year of Elvis's life, to reveal how the Tao operated through him. Original. 100,000 first printing.
About the Author
David Rosen, M.D.
, is the author of six other books, including The Tao of Jung
and Transforming Depression
. A psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who holds the only American full professorship in Jungian psychology, Rosen teaches at Texas A&M, where he is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and of humanities in medicine. He lives in College Station, Texas.