Steve Jobs: When a Buddhist chants success

CMN Correspondent, August 25, 2011

He is not a just a CEO, but a cult figure who experimented with all the varied aspects of life, from spirituality to technology. So, Steve Jobs's decision to resign as the CEO may be a bit shocking for Apple

BANGALORE, INDIA -- An adopted child, a university dropout who took up a computer job to raise money to visit India in search of spirituality. The one who experimented with the spirits of life.

Yes, that is the story of Steve Jobs, who resigned as the CEO of the Apple empire, which led the modern man to a gadget-centric life with the Macintosh computer launched in 1980s to the latest showpiece gadgets like iPhone, iPad and iPod.

The life of Jobs has all the ingredients of a rag-to-riches story, as also the strangest of experiences.

The youth, who visited India in search of spirituality, returned home as a Buddhist, with his head shaved. The experimenter of life later confessed that it was here that he experimented with LSD. He said the experience he got from the drug was 'one of the two or three most important things' in his life.

Remember, iconic pop music troupe The Beatles, too, experimented a similar spirituality in India, though without Buddhism.
The influence of Buddhism is so strong that Steve Jobs married in 1991 in a ceremony presided over by a Buddhist monk. Prior to the marriage, he had a relationship with folk singer Joan Baez, though.

But, none of the experiments affected his professional caliber. After his return from the retreat in India, Jobs joined video game pioneer Atari as a technician. And later, he started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak, who was also northern California college dropout.

Though the company revolutionized the personal computer industry, he was ousted from the company in 1985 following a power struggle, only to return again in 1997. It was this second coming that changed the future of Apple, thus making it the most valuable tech company.

That's why his resignation came as a shock to many, even though the move was quite expected. He is not just a CEO, but a cult figure, who changed the gadget landscape of the world with a start-up he founded in a garage.