Neem Karoli Baba an Indian, had inspired Steve jobs, Julia Roberts and Mark Zuckerberg which is quite unbelievable. Everyone knows him very but few amongst us know that his blessings became the visions of Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg and Hollywood celebrity Julia Roberts.
Now some people call him a saint while some call him a god in India. He is well known as ‘Neem Karoli Baba’ or Maharajji (1900c-September 11, 1973) among the people who know him. Neem Karoli BaBa was a mysterious Hindu saint and was a devotee of the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. Some people in India believe that Neem Karoli Baba was the Avatar of Hanuman to serve the mankind.
Who was Neem Karoli Baba?
Neem Karoli Baba was born in Akbarpur village of Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh. He was married when he was just 11 and soon after he left his home and traveled throughout India as a saint. It is believed that he started to know everything when he was just 17 years old. He was a devotee of Hindu deity Hanuman so people believe that he had some magical powers inherited from Hanuman.
He is well known outside India too for being the guru of many foreigners like Ram Das, musicians Jay Uttal and Krishna Das, humanitarian Larry Brillant, scholar and writer Yvette Rosser and Daniel Goleman who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s.
When Steve Jobs went to Meet Neem Karoli Baba?
There was a time when Steve Jobs wass working at the young video games start up Atari in Los Angeles. But he never dislocated himself from his spiritual quest as it was always within his soul. He came to India as a teenager in search of enlightenment from the miraculous and mystic Neem Karoli Baba. Mr. Jobs arrived in India with his friend Dan Kottke, who later became Apple’s first employee.
While he was searching for Neem Karoli Baba, Mr. Jobs met with a mendicant who first laughed at Jobs and then led him up a mountain path. That mendicant then dunked the head of Mr. Job in a pond at the top of the mountain and shaved his head. These were very funny experiences for both Jobs and his friend Dan Kottke in India.
“The hot uncomfortable summer made Jobs question many illusions he had nursed about India” author Michael Moritz wrote in The Little Kingdom, The Private Story of Apple Computer.
The Journey of Steve jobs to Neem Karoli Baba
Finally, Mr. Jobs went to Kainchi in the foothills of the Himalayas to the Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba. He took a room for rent there with a mattress on the floor from a local family who fed him vegetarian meals. But he had arrived too late as Maharaj Ji was no longer available, having attained Mahasamadhi(Left his body) the previous September.
There are many stories about the meaning of apple and the origin of its logo. Some say The Beatles, whose record level was called apple inspired Steve Jobs. Some people also believe that it came from an apple farm where Steve Jobs was working during his young days. But there may be more to it than these reasons as an alternative explanation points to Neem Karoli Baba and his favorite fruit apple.
No one can deny that Neem Karoli Baba inspired Steve Jobs very deeply and this is shown in a statement Steve Jobs, where he said “Thomas Edition did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba put together”
Why Julia Roberts loves Hinduism
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Julia Roberts too was very much inspired by Neem Karoli Baba whom she never met. She came to India and saw one picture of Maharaj Ji and became a devotee of him. In an Interview with anchor George Stephanopoulos for the news programme Good Morning America on ABC News on August 9, Roberts said her interest in Hinduism “Came from seeing picture of a Guru called Neem Karoli Baba and I was so drawn to his picture of this person and I did not know who he was about but felt a very strong interest”
How Neem Karoli Baba inspired Zuckerberg
During his visit to India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that when his company was going through a hard patch, Steve Jobs advised him to visit a temple in India.
“He told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed as the mission of the company, I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India, early on in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted apple and his vision of the future to be, the month-long trip reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing” Zuckerberg Said.
Indeed Neem Karoli Baba was an inspiration for many great persons and anyone who wants to visit the Ashram in Kainchi village needs to request prior permission according to some older devotees.