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Steve Jobs and the Autobiography of a Yogi
October 5th, 2013

A short time after Steve Jobs passed away, a friend of mine received a phone call.

“We’d like to place an order for 500 copies of Autobiography of a Yogi. Do you have that many?”

It turned out that those books — eventually purchased from Self-Realization Fellowship, who had enough in stock — were needed for the memorial service for Steve Jobs, the famous founder of Apple who was inspired throughout his life by Eastern spirituality.

In 1974, Jobs traveled to India with a friend after reading Be Here Now and Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. The trip turned out to be a disappointment. Jobs realized, “We weren’t going to find a place where we could go for a month to be enlightened.” Though he regularly attended a zen meditation group on his return, his work life eventually became a higher priority.

Copies of Yogananda’s classic autobiography were handed out at Jobs’s memorial. This news came out recently in an interview that is worth watching:


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  1. Dambara says:

    Thanks, Nabha! Steve was quite a visionary, who had an inner centeredness & clarity that was very yogic. For those who were a bit unsettled by his portrayal in the book “Jobs”, I highly recommend watching the video “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview”, available through Netflix etc. It’s a great 1995 interview showing Steve’s best—very inspiring.

  2. Rush says:

    Wonderful article, Nabha. I myself have found Jobs to be both a leader and visionary unlike others, and the influence of spirituality in his life is, I’m sure, a primary reason for that. It was amazing to see how he not only returned to the company that ousted him a few decades ago, but he transformed it into an icon for a new generation. And it was nice to read that in his last moments, he could have a glimpse of the afterlife, and it amazed him. Hopefully all of us are blessed with a transition so welcoming!

  3. Anandi Gray says:

    That is an amazing quote of Steve Jobs final words.(And reminiscent of Sister Gyanamata’s final words) I’d like to share it with my students. Could you identify the source of that quote? Thank you!

  4. […] by it that they have changed careers, moved, been healed or found spiritual enlightenment.  Steve Jobs gave the book as his last gift to friends and family at his memorial […]

  5. gunjan says:

    this article inspired me…….i am also a reader of “autobiography of a yogi”. I am finding truths about spirituality and read paramhansa yogananda’s philosophy from 1 year…..some day before i have realized that something is there who really cares what i am doing or will be doing….whatever it is, want to tell me something about truth of life……from that day, this energy regularly encouraging me with increasing my believe on that….and now i think he is GOD (my real self) and encouraging me to master the life…..i have started meditation from 2 months and my intuition tells me something….i will definately do that….thankxxx :)

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