Buddhism -- India's Gift to Steve Jobs

Yoshita Singh | New York
Buddhism -- India's Gift to Steve Jobs
Like it has done to so many icons across the world, India was the source of spirituality to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who later converted to Buddhism.

Jobs had taken a "spiritual retreat to India" and "traversing through the country had sparked Jobs' conversion to Buddhism," a CNN report said.

Jobs had travelled to India in the late 1970s, with money he had saved working as a technician at a video games manufacturer in the US.

He reportedly visited the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend Daniel Kottke in search of spiritual enlightenment.

Born in 1955 in San Francisco, Jobs grew up amid the rise of hippie counter-culture. Bob Dylan and the Beatles were his two favourite musical icons and he shared their political leanings and anti-establishment views.

"Like the Beatles, Jobs took a spiritual retreat to India and regularly walked around his neighbourhood and the office barefoot," the CNN report said.


Meanwhile, condolence messages poured in for Jobs from a galaxy of eminent personalities from India ranging from the PM to IT czars, to Bollywood stars.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was saddened at Jobs' demise. "I am deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Steve Jobs. He was truly an innovative man and taught us new ways to connect and communicate," the Prime Minister said in his condolence message.

Condoling Jobs' death, Tata Group chairperson Ratan Tata said in a statement, "the world has lost a great business leader and a great visionary. He will be deeply mourned and greatly missed. Jobs innovativeness gave the world the personal computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad which changed the life of many. Apple's products, under his leadership, have had a profound impact on mankind, unequaled by any other company in the information and technology space."

The vice-chairman of IT major Cognizant, Lakshmi Narayanan, in a message said, "more than the gadgets Jobs pioneered, his legacy will be the sheer brilliance of the myriad ways in which he helped the world experience and appreciate its digital future with a sense of profound expectation and wonderment. As someone who almost single-handedly transformed the world of computing and redefined the concept of pocket devices, Jobs will continue to be a great source of inspiration for generations to come."

Several Bollywood personalities took to twitter to mourn the death of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

"RIP Steve Jobs. The Man, the visionary, the creator & the genius that gave the world the Apple technology. May God be with your family, for my family and I have enjoyed your work for many years now. You opened so many doors and gave the world so much with your expertise. Thank you Steve," actor Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter.

"Steve Job made a person like me too, feel a complete tech savvy. That was the ease of his brilliant mind. Will miss his persona. RIP," veteran actor Anupam Kher said.

"Thank you Steve Jobs for making our lives so much easier. Your vision and aesthetic will live on forever. RIP," actor-director-producer Farhan Akhtar said.

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, tweeted, "Mr. Steve Jobs please don't RIP and work towards inventing something where there can be life beyond death so that we all can be spared from the deathly RIP tweets."

"RIP Steve Jobs, you are immortal now. As an Apple-ite from earliest days, your passing feels like a death in the family," veteran actor Kabir Bedi said.

Actress Sonam Kapoor, enjoined, no one comes close to your brilliance and creativity.

"Innovation & technology have lost their greatest champion yet," actor Ranvir Shorey tweeted.

Riteish Deshmukh tweets, An APPLE with one 'BYTE' eaten out of it - will always be in front on me for the rest of my life. Thank you STEVE JOBS- RIP- your FAN.

"I feel like I lost someone I knew today. I guess whenever we lose a genius a great talent/visionary, the world feels like a lesser place," singer Sophie Choudry said.

Actor Dino Morea, says, "watched most of his key note speeches, brilliance personified. Thank you Mr Jobs for the -- i pod, i phone, i mac, and i pad. Now I am sad."

"The only thing I insisted on buying knowing I didn't 'need it' was a Macbook. They don't make Macbook anymore n nor do they make steve jobs!" actress Shahana Goswami said.

Music Director Vishal Dadlani said, "there is a lesson in the grace with which Steve Jobs prepared for today. Death comes to everyone, but it is how we meet it that defines us."

"Steve Jobs ... Reincarnate soon!" actress Neha Dhupia tweeted.

Several other celebrities like Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Dia Mirza, Shirish Kunder, Anubhav Sinha and others prayed for the departed soul.
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