neem karoli baba steve jobs

Stories about Steve Jobs visiting India are not new but did you know that the Apple co-founder strongly believed in Indian ideologies? It is said that Steve Jobs was highly influenced by an Indian mystic saint, Neem Karoli Baba. Also, it was Steve Jobs who suggested Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook to visit the Neem Karoli ashram in India. We are talking about the famous Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital (Uttarakhand).

A devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman, Neem Karoli Baba or Neeb Karori Baba was a Yogi, a saint who was followed by many. A number of American hippies who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s were his disciples. He was also known as Maharaj-ji.


Neem Karoli Baba Steve Jobs story is quite famous

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When Steve Jobs visited Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Job’s stories in Hare Krishna temple prove that the man had a deep connection with India.  Steve Jobs visited India in 1974 accompanied by his friend Dan Kottke. After a series of failures in his life, it is said that Jobs was in search of eternal peace and motivation.

Steve wanted to meet Baba Neem Karoli after listening to the legends of the ashram and take his blessings. Unfortunately, Jobs couldn’t meet Baba as before his arrival Maharaj-ji had left his body (Mahasamadhi) on September 11, 1973.

Steve Jobs and his companion stayed in the ashram for quite some time. Before going back to the US they listened to the teachings of Baba and meditated. After returning back to the US he started Apple Inc. Kottke became the first employee of the company and today Apple Inc. needs no introduction.

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Tales about Jobs’s final moments and the relation between Neem Baba Karoli and Apple’s Logo

Steve Jobs’s spiritual experience in India has been mentioned by him in many places. According to mythology, Neem Karoli Baba’s favorite fruit was an apple. Jobs was so influenced by him that it became the logo of Apple Inc.


It is one of the world’s most influential companies. It has also been heard that when Jobs was counting his last breaths on his deathbed, he had a photograph of Baba under his pillow. Neem Karoli Baba Steve Jobs story is quite fascinating.

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Steve Jobs advised Mark Zuckerberg to visit the Neem Karoli Ashram

Vinod Joshi, the man who has spent his life serving Neem Karoli Baba recollects Mark’s visit to Ashram. It has been mentioned in the Economic times that a few years ago, Vinod Joshi received a call from Larry Brilliant. Larry is a former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, and an American Physician.

Larry mentioned over the call that Zuckerberg would be coming to the Ashram for a day. Mark was not a notable person back then so Vinod doesn’t remember the date of his visit. Facebook was yet to reach over a billion people. He stated that Mark Zuckerberg came to the Ashram for a day visit but ended up staying for two fine days.


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During the Indian Prime minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, this incident came to light when Zuckerberg mentioned this to him. Mark revealed that on taking advice from Steve Jobs, he visited Baba’s temple in India.

At Facebook headquarters, Town Hall, Zuckerberg shared this story to Modi in 2015,

“So I went and I traveled for almost a month, and seeing people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone has a strong ability to connect reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing and that is something I’ve always remembered over the last 10 years as we’ve built Facebook. “

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Neem Karoli Baba Steve Jobs story is worth discussing as the mystic yogi touched the lives of many with his teachings.


Ananya Bose
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