It was 1974 and Steve Jobs was on a serious search to figure out who he was and how he fit into things. There was a hole in him and he was trying to fill it. He was struggling with the fact that he had been adopted. This is something that is bothering him and he needs to focus on it. He was deeply angry about the fact that he had been given up.
Jobs told the folks at Atari that he was quitting to go search for a guru in India. He got of the plan in New Delhi and headed towards Haridwar. Long story short, he couldn’t find his guru in India. But his stay is not worthless.
Years later, Jobs reflected on the influence of his trip to India. He said,
“Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India. The people in India 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 inborn 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 will only make it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s not room to here subtle things- that 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 and you have to practice it”.