9.5 – THE VISIONARIES (6.10.16)

STEVE JOBS [6b]

Houston, Texas. July 20, 1969. At NASA Mission Control Center, the massive IBM System/360 Model 75 computer, which boasts processing power of 16.6 million instructions per second and up to eight megabytes of main memory, is employed to accomplish the greatest feat in human history: putting a man on the moon.

(Neil Armstrong, over radio): Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.

People across the world marveled at this technological achievement. But incredibly, only six decades later, a handheld device weighing less than half a pound dwarfs the total technology NASA possessed in 1969. Today’s smartphone contains a staggering one million times the computing power used to carry out the Moon landing.

“What we had when they went to the Moon is nothing compared to what an average teenager carries around now. I mean, the kind of computing power, the ability to access information, the ability to reach people. An astonishing technological achievement. You can only imagine what’s gonna happen in 30 years from now. What we think is so advanced is gonna be so not advanced.”

Kara Swisher (Executive Editor, Re/Code)

How is it that mankind’s technology has advanced so rapidly? According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, at specific points in history, extraterrestrials have influenced certain individuals to allow humanity to make major leaps forward, and they propose that this has continued up until modern times. As evidence, they point to the visionary who jump-started the microcomputer revolution: Steve Jobs.

San Francisco, California. January 9, 2007. Apple’s annual Macworld Conference and Expo. At the center of a worldwide media frenzy, Apple cofounder and CEO, Steve Jobs, takes the stage to announce a revolutionary new product, the iPhone.

Steve Jobs (video footage): What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been and super easy to use. And we are calling it ‘iPhone.’

“Steve Jobs was one of the greatest visionaries in Silicon Valley. The idea of what he was doing is how you popularize computing. A lot of people who were early in computing didn’t think about people using them, and he managed to deliver into the hands of consumers a device that was usable, it was intuitive, it was easy to use, it was easy to understand, and that is not a small thing. In the simplicity and the beauty of it, he made something that was just perfect.”

Kara Swisher (Executive Editor, Re/Code)

Steve Jobs and his team of engineers at Apple harnessed technology that connected society digitally and put all the world’s knowledge literally at mankind’s fingertips. But the seeds of this technological revolution were planted in 1973, when the 19-year-old college student dropped out of school. Jobs was attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon, when he, along with one of Apple’s first employees, Daniel Kottke, made a decision that would change not only the course of their lives, but ultimately the course of humanity.

“I met Steve at Reed College the first month, but our friendship developed because a week or two later, I must have been walking around with a copy of Be Here Now, and I was eager to talk about it, and Steve was familiar with it. That book quickly led to Autobiography of a Yogi, and then led to Ramakrishna and His Disciples.”

Daniel Kottke (Apple Employee #12)

Like many of his generation, Jobs became caught up in the spiritual enlightenment movement that was sweeping through America in the 1970s. And according to those who knew him best, he considered it not just a passing interest, but a calling.

“Steve got ahold of the book Cosmic Consciousness. That’s probably what pushed him over the edge. It had chapters about great geniuses through history and how they were enlightened, and that was the whole thesis. That’s how we ended up in India.”

Daniel Kottke (Apple Employee #12)

Fueled by his desire to find spiritual enlightenment, Steve Jobs traveled to India, with Daniel following a few months later. Together they discovered a Hindu guru known as Haidakhan Baba.

“He was discovered at about the age of 18 doing yoga in a cave. But there are legends going back that the same figure had appeared all the way back into the 1800s.”

– Layne Little, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, Religious Studies, UC Berkeley)

Haidakhan Baba claimed that he had no mother or father. But who was this character who had no known history before the age of 18…and was said to have manifested out of thin air? He professed that he was an immortal being known in Hinduism as Mahavatar Babaji.

“Mahavatar means ‘the great avatar.’ ‘The great incarnated being.’ Mahavatar is eternal, and he can appear anytime, anywhere, taking forms of another human being. So, he was here to change the humanity in a better path, in a path of understanding, a path of greatness.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“Steve Jobs did spend some time with him. Haidakhan Baba actually gave him an initiation by giving him a spiritual name. This is a traditional kind of initiation, so they were formally initiated by this guru.”

– Layne Little, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, Religious Studies, UC Berkeley)

“Babaji had said that he was a celestial being who had come to Earth to help enlighten our planet and to advance us forward. And we have to wonder, is it possible that Steven Jobs was being influenced telepathically by an extraterrestrial entity named Babaji?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Haidakhan Baba claimed that he had “come to guide humanity to a higher path” and referred to himself as the “messenger of the revolution.” Shortly after returning to the United States, Steve Jobs embarked on a revolution himself: the development of the microcomputer, along with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.

“Steve was not in it for money. He was in it for the mission of transforming the world. The Apple II was the first mass-market personal computer. Woz, of course, was the all-around genius who created the whole design and all the software. But the thing that Steve gets huge credit for is having enough passion for what he saw the future bringing that he just did not give up. And the iPhone, of course, is the computer now that is taking over all our lives. Transformed everything, everything.”

Daniel Kottke (Apple Employee #12)

Steve Jobs continued to practice meditation throughout the rest of his life, often finding refuge at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in California’s Los Padres National Forest. It was here, while deep in meditation, that Jobs thought he received much of the inspiration that transformed the modern world.

“Meditation does help to connect with a higher source, a higher force, because then one becomes one with the divine, so they could, in a sense, download the knowledge, wisdom directly from them.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

Is it possible that Steve Jobs received guidance from an otherworldly source? And if so, could it be that he was just one of a number of key visionaries who were chosen by extraterrestrials to lead humanity into the future, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest? Perhaps further answers can be found by examining an Indian mathematician who was decades ahead of his time.

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