Why Have The Beatles, Steve Jobs, And Mark Zuckerberg Taken Refuge In Indian Spiritualism?

Facebook’s Chairman Mark Zuckerberg had unexpectedly fallen a bombshell on the “liberal secularists” in India during the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to his campus in California in its first year 2015. In fact, it was in the context of Zuckerberg’s special attachment with India, more precisely, the spiritualism of ancient India.

Initially wasn’t a bed of roses for Facebook. This world-famous social networking company had its own share of bad times. Revealing for the first time in the rally at the Facebook office, upbeat Zuckerberg told his very special guest — PM Narendra Modi at its term of office that Steve Jobs, the founder Chairman of Apple, had fervently admonished Mr. Mark to visit a specific temple in India for “blessings” and likewise about the spiritual extent of the ancient wisdom.

Heeding the advice of his mentor Steve Jobs, Mark then had seen the tabernacle in northern India and toured around the country for nearly a month.

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Steve Jobs

The American techno-wizard Steve Jobs had himself depleted over six months in India in 1974. He was here in quest of the “higher meaning” of living and spiritual solace. As understood, from early age Steve was quite recurred by a good deal of “unanswered questions”. Of track, his encounter with a work “Be Here Now” by Richard Alpert, a Harvard Professor, had been set up a gateway to the spiritualism of the East. This record had also introduced him to a mystic Yogi’ Neem Karoli Baba’. That last-minute caused Steve to set out the journey for India. As soon as Steve and his friend Daniel Kottke arrived in India, they immediately went to meet the Guru in Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital( India ). But to their disappointment, they found the Baba had already passed away some months earlier. Nevertheless, the implore to dive deeper into the spiritualism did not die away. They shaved their abilities and put on Indian clothes and attempt an lengthy musing and yogic practices.

The most significant impact made upon Steve’s life was a book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda. It is on record that he would read this journal routinely, at least once every year until his death, 2011. This book “ve been given” him a practical revelation into what exactly this world is about and how a amateur can develop himself to realize the Supreme knowledge. A first-hand account of a Yogi with empirical comings to know oneself, this record by Yogananda is a smash hit manual among seekers of Eastern spiritualism across the globe.

Yes, by dint of hard work, suspicion, and invention, Steve Jobs stood out as one of the most successful techno-tycoons of modern times. Jobs was hardly possessed by the luxury of riches and materialistic egotism. He only regarded his entrepreneurship as an instrument to awaken his inactive potentialities. The chairman of Salesforce.com and notorious donor Marc Benioff says with conviction — “If you want to understand Steve, it’s a good idea to dig into’ Autobiography of a Yogi’.” It is this diary which Steve’s family had given to all the guests as the “last gift” at his first memorial service.

The Beatles

We likewise can’t afford to ignore the Beatle’s fascination for India as well. The stripe members that were revelling in the profusion of materialistic riches and beauty inspected India( Rishikesh) in search of internal peace. They met with Sri Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and learned Transcendental meditation( TM ), which laid bare methods to feel true bliss within. Sri Maharshi is still a big name in the West today, with a huge following that includes notorieties like Oprah Winfrey, David Lynch, Russell Brand, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Aniston, and Modern physicist Dr. John Hagelin, to words a few.

The Beatle’s Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr assisted Hollywood Director/ actor David Lynch to organize the Transcendental meditation curriculum for the purposes of the’ David Lynch Foundation’, which spread across the USA and the European countries.

What draws Americans to eastern spirituality?

What basically attracts the rational westerners to India is less known to Indians themselves. It’s shamefully paradoxical. From the early 19 th Century, the philosophical literary treasure trove and Yoga of India saw more disciples in the foreign countries than at home. Indeed, the relevant principles of the “laws of karma” and the presence of all-power-divinity within every being and everywhere — which any human being can realize irrespective of one’s caste, creed, clan, and dye, has intensely stimulated the greatest of the great recollections of the West. The ancient verses hold out a entire assortment of keys to unlock oneself and know his/ its relation with the Supreme Being which in fact seems very reasonable to the rational Western academics such as Francois Voltaire, Schopenhauer, F. Goethe, Friedrich Hegel, Ralph Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Erwin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr, Mark Twain, Alan Watt, TS Eliot, and William Butler Yeats, to refer a few.

Further, the complex studies of world-view by Modern scientists are gradually arriving at the same conclusion what the ancient sages of India expounded over five thousands time back that’ start-up and pioneer are ONE’. Interconnection, inter-relation, and linkage among every individual particle/ object, living or non-living, in the infinite cosmo — which is among the fundamental doctrines of Eastern philosophy. This thought process added a new glowing of wisdom to the modern physicists like Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Julius Oppenheimer, Brain David Josephson, David Bohm, and John Stewart Bell et al.

Indian’s contribution to western academia is immeasurable — though purposely threatened or minimized in India by a brand-new multiply of “ultra-intellectuals”.

TS Eliot, one of “the worlds largest” celebrated poets of the 20 th century, holds:” Indian philosophers’ sophistications induce most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys”.

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