Steve Jobs’ Spiritual Journey with buddism in India
Steve Jobs while working in Atari was still not doing what he wanted to do. He later in life in Stanford Commencment stated that one only way to do great work is to love what you do. And one has to keep searching untill he gets true love.
Turns out Steve Jobs himself spent a lot of time and effort to find what he did in his life. One of them was to go to India on his Spiritual Journey. This was mainly because Robert Friedland had been to India with Neem Karoli Baba, and insisted that Steve should go there.
Steve agreed. He hired Daniel Kotke to accompany him during his journey. The main hurdle was reaching India. And he found the easier was to reach India, leveraging Atari.
Atari had been shipping its products in Europe, but the problem had been that there were technical issues, due to the requirement of them working on 50 frames per second in Europe, which was 60 in US.
Jobs spent few days in Munich solving the problem, where again he was met with people who criticized him, his unhygenic living, bad ethics and attitude
Steve departed for India, after reaching and adjusting India, he moved with bus to haridwar which is a spiritual town and is the place of origin of holy River Ganga.
There he attended Kumbh Mela, where 1000s of people took bath in Holy Ganga and another level of energy could be seen in people.
He got a chance to meet with a Hindu Holy Man holding gathering of his followers at the Himalayan estate of a wealthy businessman. “It
was a chance to meet a spiritual being and hang out with his followers, but it was also a chance to have a good meal. I could smell the food as we got near, and I was very hungry.”
As Jobs was eating, the holy man—who was not much older
than Jobs—picked him out of the crowd, pointed at him, and began laughing
maniacally. “He came running over and grabbed me and made a tooting sound
and said, ‘You are just like a baby,’” recalled Jobs. “I was not relishing this
attention.” Taking Jobs by the hand, he led him out of the worshipful crowd and
walked him up to a hill, where there was a well and a small pond.
“We sit down and he pulls out this straight razor. I’m thinking he’s a nutcase and begin to
worry. Then he pulls out a bar of soap—I had long hair at the time—and he
lathered up my hair and shaved my head. He told me that he was saving my health.”
Steve was later joined by Daniel Kotkke in his joutney. Steve Jobs was irritating but he could be generous. When Daniel’s sleeping bag got stolen, he covered him and supported him with funds. He gave him all his money so that Kotkke can return back to Delhi.
He during his 7 months sometimes wrote to his parents also.