Last Gift from Steve Jobs – Autobiography of Yogi - India Story
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” – Steve Jobs
Life was never easy for Steve and neither was death. One thing that he always carried with himself was to believe in what he was doing. Till the last breathe that he took on earth, he had faith flowing with him. His faith of making the world a better place to live. Indeed he did that very beautifully.
Not only life, he had also planned how the world should go after he is gone. At the burial ceremony in October 2011, Steve jobs had pre-planned what will be given to the attendees who might come there to see him for the last time. It was Steve’s last gift. Everyone received small brown boxes.
The box contained a book “Autobiography of Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda”.
India Story of Steve Jobs –
Jobs came to India somewhere 35 years ago (between 1974 to 1976), for a period of 6 to 7 months. At that time, he was just college intern and working for a computer company named as Atari. He was on onshore trip for official work in Asia, but he managed to take leave and planned his visit to India . While visiting north India, he reached The Kainchi Dham Ashram(Bhowali Range, Uttarakhand). As per best seller author Walter Isaacson, Steve stayed here for a long duration of time. He used to wear dhoti and walked barefooted all around. He had kept the book “Autobiography of Yogi” with and used to read it. These all events changed his life entirely and he adopted Zen Buddhism as a way of his living throughout his life along with meditation.
Before coming to India, Steve used to live a Hippy life. Once back to his employer (Atari), Steve had become a Buddhist monk from a Hippy boy. He was the same man with different vision for him and world.
He rejuvenated his school friend and a genius programmer (Steve Woznick) and founded Apple Computers in his garage in Palo Alto, California.
Many people come to India and visit Ashrams, but do not get success as Steve got. Steve knew that he was adopted and was always in search of his original parents. Might be search for parents had led to search for God for him and he was enlightened with a way of life which no one could have got.
Few days back Mark Zuckerberg also revealed that he had also travelled to same Ashram where Steve stayed. Mark came here in on advice of Steve at the time when Facebook was facing some downtime.