Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of the Apple Corporation, also known as the man who gave this world its “i”, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, and rose it to the level of world's largest technology corporation. In his speech at Stanford University in 2005, he spoke about his early days and having Sunday Love Feast at the Hare Krishna Temple which he had with great fondness, and would walk 7 miles every week for that. “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”, said Steve Jobs.
By the grace of Lord Krishna he got opportunity to render a great devotional service by honoring praasdam at the Love Feasts. Srila Prabhupada explains, “All our processes of seeing the Deity, taking caranamrta, playing instruments, taking prasadam all go to the credit of devotional service.” Any amount of devotional service rendered to Lord Krishna never goes in vain, rather it adds to one’s eternal credit. And moreover, Steve Jobs loved the prasadam feast, which further added to his devotional credit.
Srila Prabhupada further explains, “We distribute prasadam, very sumptuous prasadam. In every temple, we offer prasadam to anyone who comes. In each and every temple we already have from fifty to two hundred devotees, and outsiders also come and take prasadam. So prasadam distribution is another symptom of the genuine spiritual master. If you eat bhagavat-prasadam, then gradually you become spiritualized; it has this potency. Therefore it is said that realization of God begins with the tongue. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau: If you engage your tongue in the service of the Lord, then you realize God.” Steve Jobs has already begun his journey on the path of God realization by honoring Krishna Prasadam. We pray to Lord Sri Krishna for his advancement on the way back to Godhead.