If you don’t know Ashrita Furman yet, check out this TV interview on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Here you learn more about the many amazing records Ashrita did over the years.
54-year old Ashrita Furman has set more records than anyone else in the world, more than Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer did together. Since 1979 Ashrita has set 279 official Guinness records, 114 of which are still live today. (Guinness Book of World Records, 1st March 2010). The owner of a Health Food Store in Queens, New York was first inspired to achieve records at a 24-hour bicycle race in 1979, and started breaking them one by one. To mention just a few: Ashrita walked 80 miles (cc. 130 km) balancing a bottle on the top of his head, did 9628 sit-ups in 1 hour, did forward rolls for 12 miles (cc. 19 km) and balanced a pool cue for over 4 hours on the tip of a finger. One of his most recent achievements is also worth mentioning: he cut 27 apples in mid-air with a samurai sword in a minute. Ashrita’s purpose with the records: “I’m trying to show others that our human capacity is unlimited if we can truly believe in ourselves”. Ashrita attributes his extraordinary abilities to the meditation techniques of his mentor and meditation teacher, Sri Chimnoy, who gave him his name “Ashrita”, which means “Protected by God”. According to him, he would not have been able to perform these superhuman feats without meditation. Ashrita performed his feats all over the globe (e.g. the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, Mount Fuji, JFK Airport in New York).
And here is another interview with Ashrita: