Steve jobs and India


Steve jobs enjoys the privilege of being one of the greatest person who walked on this earth. Being an Indian, I always wanted to know about his views on India and Indian people. While reading steve job’s biography I got to know, many aspects of his life and I feel that his life is full of excitement and thrill. Being a perfectionist, out-of-the-box thinker, jobs always took the path less travelled. While being on his search of the inner-self at the age of 18-19 he came across the lecture of indian monk and got impressed by the philosophy of being present in in the present and he conceived the image of India as a land of spiritual reality. And he decided to save enough money to visit India and take the path of spiritual enlightment. So here are words of steve jobs himself of his thoughts about India. Real profound statements.

Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India. The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work. Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western civilization. In the villages of India, they never learned it. They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not. That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom. Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought. If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things—that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.

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