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

Facebook’s Chairman Mark Zuckerberg had abruptly thrown 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 joining with India, more accurately, the spiritualism of archaic 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 gather 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 advised Mr. Mark to visit a specific temple in India for “blessings” and too about the spiritual degree of the ancient wisdom.

Heeding the advice of his mentor Steve Jobs, Mark then had toured 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 invested over six months in India in 1974. He was here in quest of the “higher meaning” of life and spiritual solace. As understood, from early age Steve was quite recurred by a good deal of “unanswered questions”. Of route, his encounter with a volume “Be Here Now” by Richard Alpert, a Harvard Professor, had been set up a gateway to the spiritualism of the East. This work had also introduced him to a mystic Yogi’ Neem Karoli Baba’. That later caused Steve to set out the tour 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 discovered the Baba had already passed away some months earlier. Nevertheless, the push to dive deeper into the spiritualism did not die away. They scraped their psyches and put on Indian clothes and attempt an thorough meditation 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 frequently, at least once every year until his death, 2011. This notebook had given him a practical insight into what exactly this world is about and how a layman can educate himself to realize the Supreme knowledge. A first-hand account of a Yogi with empirical comings to know oneself, this work by Yogananda is a smash hit manual among seekers of Eastern spiritualism across the globe.

Yes, by dint of hard work, suspicion, and innovation, 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 frivolity. He precisely seen his entrepreneurship as a tool to awaken his hibernating potentialities. The chairman of Salesforce.com and prominent philanthropist 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 notebook which Steve’s family had given to all the guests as the “last gift” at his first memorial service.

The Beatles

We too can’t afford to ignore the Beatle’s fascination for India as well. The circle representatives that were sunbathing in the opulence of materialistic riches and glory called India( Rishikesh) in search of inner agreement. 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 celebrities 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 facilitated Hollywood Director/ performer David Lynch to organize the Transcendental meditation platform under the’ David Lynch Foundation’, which spread across the USA and the European countries.

What plucks Americans to eastern spirituality?

What basically gathers the rational westerners to India is less known to Indians themselves. It’s shamefully paradoxical. From the early 19 th Century, the theoretical literary treasure trove and Yoga of India encountered more protagonists in the foreign districts than at home. Indeed, the philosophy of the “laws of karma” and the presence of all-power-divinity within every being and everywhere — which any human being can recognise irrespective of one’s caste, creed, tribe, and color, has intensely stirred the greatest of the largest spirits of the West. The ancient texts hold out a whole 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 eggheads 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 composite studies of world-view by Modern scientists are gradually arriving at the same conclusion what the ancient sage-greens of India expounded over 5 000 year back that’ creation and developer are ONE’. Interconnection, inter-relation, and interdependence among every individual particle/ objective, living or non-living, in the infinite macrocosm — which is among the fundamental maxims of Eastern philosophy. This thought process plied a brand-new lighter of profundity 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 intentionally eroded or disparaged in India by a new multiply of “ultra-intellectuals”.

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

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