Years later, Mark Zuckerburg too visited Kainchi ashram on the advice of Steve Jobs, who returned with a similar experience back to the Silicon Valley
The Hush Post: Much before Apple came into Steve Jobs life, he came to India in 1974 along with his friend Daniel Koetke in order to become a Yogi, or find truth. He got into a saffron rob and climbed mountains, stayed with so-called Yogis and finally returned disillusioned.
As per the biography of Steve Jobs written by Jeffrey S Young & William L Simon, “Steve Jobs arrived in India bare foot and threadbare.”
He took the journey as a mendicant, a spiritual beggar dependent on the kindness of the strangers. But he returned disappointed to the US.
His friend Koetke had lice towards the end of the journey and had also contracted scabies. While Jobs was almost beaten for arguing over being sold watered down buffalo milk.
Jobs first visited Kainchi Ashram in Uttarakhand and later he and Koetke en route to Tibet visited Manali. They bathed under the sulphur waters on the banks of Beas. And from there they decided to return. Probably, Manali is the place, which wasn’t on Indian tourist’s radar then and mostly foreigners came, is where Job’s friend Koetke’s traveller’s cheques were stolen and he finally borrowed 300 dollars from Steve.
As per the biography the wild experience of the visit “was so disturbing.” His inner fire wasn’t satisfied at all.
The trip to Himalayas was a turning point in Job’s life. In his own words, it helped him realise that “Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba (the guru he was seeking, who died before they could meet) put together.”
Jobs joined back the company at Attari but did not leave his hippie aesthetics. Years later, Mark Zuckerburg too visited Kainchi ashram on the advice of Steve Jobs, who returned with a similar experience back to the Silicon Valley.
A year later, Jobs founded a company and alternately practiced Zen Buddhism under the tutelage of Zen master from Japan, who could speak little English called Kobin Chino. Steve died an inventor and innovator but wanting to know more about spiritual side of life.