“I want to put a ding in the universe” _ Steve Jobs
We all are very well aware of Steve Jobs, the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc. He, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is globally recognized as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Talking about Steven Paul Jobs he had a deep connection with India. Yes, many of you might not be aware of it but this is all true. His visits to India both traumatized and changed his life.
In the childhood, as he was an adopted kid, he had to struggle for food. During that time, he used to eat at an Iskon temple there. While his visit to the temple, he used to listen there chants which is when he got connected with spirituality and this brought him to India.
In the 70s, the young Jobs who was an employee of video game company Atari at that time visited India along with his friend Dan Kottke. It is said they were here between 1974 and 1976. According to unofficial Steve Jobs autobiography iCon, Kottke states “He was totally determined to go to India”.
In Kainchi near Nainital, he met a holy man who had shaved his head on a mountaintop and came to know Neem Karoli Baba. Jobs said “We weren’t going to find a place where we could go for a month to be enlightened. It was one of the first times that I started to realize that maybe Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba put together.”
In the Indian summer, the duo suffered from diarrhea and fatigue. “Out there in the dry creek bed, in the middle of India, completely disoriented, all our rhythms and beliefs shattered, where we were sure a flash flood would come through any moment, the two of us praying to any god that could hear us; Dear God, if I ever get through this, ill be a good person, I promise,” says Kottke.
When Jobs returned to Atari he came back as a Buddhist and a focused human being. Jobs had advised Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to visit the temple and he did go to Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram.