Hindus have paid tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, saying that he was very “Hindu at heart.”
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a condolence message in Nevada (USA) today, said that he would offer “fervent prayers” for Jobs who was inspired by Hinduism.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, citing reports, said that Hinduism was a source of spirituality and inspiration for him. Jobs was vegetarian, known for his kindness to animals and dabbled and explored Hinduism during his trip to India in 1970s.
Steven Paul Jobs, 56, who died on October five and also served as CEO Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story), in his Stanford University commencement address in 2005, said: “I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it.”
In the same address, he talked about “karma”: “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma…”
Reports suggest that Jobs worked for the video game manufacturer Atari as a technician with the intent of raising enough money for about a year-long spiritual retreat to India in 1970s in search of enlightenment, including visiting Ashram of Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba. Jobs came back to USA with a shaven head and wearing Indian robes. He regularly walked around his office/neighborhood barefoot.