You might have heard stories about Steve Jobs visiting India and his connection with Indian ideologies. There are fables which says that Steve Jobs was highly influenced by an Indian saint. Also, Mark Zuckerberg spoke about his Indian connect as how Steve Jobs adviced him to visit a mystic temple in India. Yes, we are talking about Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital (Uttarakhand) and a Yogi called Neem Karoli Baba.
Neem Karoli Baba or Neeb Karori Baba was a Yogi, Saintly being and a devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman. He is prominently known for being a Guru of a number of American hippies who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s.
Steve Job’s Visit to Neem Karoli Baba’s Ashram
Jobs always had an intense connection with India and his stories in Hare Krishna temple are a testament to it. It was 1974, Steve Jobs had come to India accompanied by his friend Dan Kottle. Jobs was in search of an eternal peace and motivation after going through a series of failures in his life.
After hearing the legends of Ashram and Neem Karoli Baba, Steve wanted to meet Baba and take his blessings. However, before his arrival, Baba had left his body (Mahasamadhi) on Septemeber 11, 1973. They stayed in the Ashram for a long time, listened to the teachings of Baba, meditated far-off before going back to the US to start Apple Inc. Interestingly, Kottle became the first employee of the company and the rest is history.
Job’s final moments and Apple’s Logo
Steve Jobs has mentioned in many places about his spiritual experience in India. Mythos says that Neem Karoli Baba’s favorite fruit became the logo of Apple Inc, one of the world’s most influential companies. It is also said that Steve had a picture of Baba under his pillow when he was counting his last breaths on his deathbed.
Vinod Joshi recalls Mark’s Visit to Ashram
Vinod Joshi, a bubbly man with twinkling eyes, who has spent his life in the service of Neem Karoli Baba recalls Mark’s visit to Ashram. Economic times mentions in its article that a few years ago, Vinod Joshi receives a call from Larry Brilliant. Lary is an American Physician and former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org.
Larry said that some Mark would be coming to the Ashram for a day. Vinod hardly remembers the date as Mark was no one at that time. Facebook was yet to become a daily need of over a billion and a half people. He says that Mark Zuckerberg drove to the Ashram for a day visit but ended up staying for two good days.
This event became popular when Zuckerberg mentioned about this to Narendra Modi during the Prime minister’s visit to the US. He told that he had visited a temple in India during the early days of Facebook only on the advice of Steve Jobs.
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“So I went and I traveled for almost a month, and seeing people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone has a strong ability to connect reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing and that is something I’ve always remembered over the last 10 years as we’ve built Facebook. “
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