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eden ahbez
Born: 1908-04-15
Died: 1995-03-04

eden ahbez, born Alexander Aberle, was one of the few genuinely unique characters of pre-rock American popular music.

Ahbez composed the song "Nature Boy." "Nature Boy" told a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy" "who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest gift" "was just to love and be loved in return." The song became a huge pop hit for Nat King Cole and would be covered by many other performers, including Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, David Bowie, and Celine Dion.

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"The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is just to love and be loved in return." * Nature Boy (1948)
- eden ahbez


Some white people hate black people, and some white people love black people, some black people hate white people, and some black people love white people. So you see it's not an issue of black and white, it's an issue of Lovers and Haters.
- eden ahbez

Now Heaven and Earth are older than the temples, and older than the Scriptures, and whether we realize it or not, they hold more authority.
- eden ahbez

What I mean by the Principle of Oneness is this: That we must learn to realize that there's nothing separate or apart. That everything is part of everything else. That there's nothing above us, or below us, or around us. All is inherent within us. Like Jesus said, "The Kingdom is Within.
- eden ahbez

The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, the heart is my home and I'm always at home- yea, I'm always at Om.
- eden ahbez

 


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