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  • kamalakanta47
    Jan 4, 2007
      Dear Thomas, thanks for such a nice article!

      In response to those wondering about the source of this article, a
      search in Google pointed me towards your Sri Chinmoy Centre member
      page, so I believe you wrote it!

      The link to the original article in your member page is:

      Ashrita is my boss at the health food store...he is two years older
      than me, and about twenty years younger in fitness, enthusiasm,
      determination and one-pointed concentration on his goals. He is also
      very humble an unassuming, self-effacing and a very selfless
      self-giver in every way. May I add he is also very compassionate?

      My gratitude to you for this article, and to Ashrita for his glowing


      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, thomasfromnz
      <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > [Dear Thomas, did you write this? If not, could you specify the
      online source?]
      > Ashrita Furman is the undisputed champion of Guinness world-record
      > breaking. Ashrita is one of many who have achieved remarkable feats
      > with the inner strength that they have learned to tap into with the
      > guidance of spiritual master Sri Chinmoy.
      > Who would have thought that a humble health food store owner and
      > self-confessed former nerd could end up breaking more than a hundred
      > Guinness world records?
      > Ashrita Furman, the holder of more Guiness records than anyone else
      > alive, has over the last 25 years broken 119 of them in a wide variety
      > of unusual and often hilarious ways – like pushing an orange along the
      > ground with his nose, stilt-walking 8 km in less than 40 minutes,
      > standing on a Swiss ball for over 2 hours, pogo-jumping along the
      > street while holding a small dog, balancing a milk bottle on his head
      > continuously for 81 miles and spinning the world's largest hula-hoop
      > (his 100th record).
      > "Ask fans who's the greatest athlete of all times," The Christian
      > Science Monitor once wrote, "and you'll hear a familiar debate over
      > the likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth. Ask avid
      > readers of the Guiness Book of World Records, howevever, and you're
      > likely to hear consensus on one name: Ashrita Furman".
      > His urge to break new records has taken him all over the world, and to
      > numerous exotic places including Stonehenge, the Egyptian Pyramids and
      > the Great Wall of China. Just recently Ashrita broke four records in
      > four different countries in less than a month.
      > One of Ashrita's favourite attempts was in 2003 when he visited the
      > Kelly Tarltons Aquarium in Auckland to break the record for what he
      > calls `gluggling' (underwater juggling).
      > Ashrita jumped right into one of the fish tanks and started juggling
      > three lead balls. It wasn't long before a parrotfish swam over and
      > repeatedly bit his nose (a sign of affection, perhaps?), which brought
      > the attempt to a momentary halt. Undeterred by failure, Ashrita tried
      > a second time. 48 minutes and 36 seconds of non-stop gluggling later
      > and he had broken yet another Guinness world record. He is still the
      > current holder.
      > Although Ashrita has a great deal of experience with breaking Guinness
      > world records, each one requires an enormous level of preparation and
      > endurance. When asked how the excitement of his latest records compare
      > to older ones he said "the first one was the biggest thrill because
      > throughout my whole childhood I had wanted to get into the Guinness
      > book of records but it's funny because there is a tremendous thrill
      > for me each time, it never fades, it never goes away". Ashrita
      > arranged his 103rd record to coincide with Guinness World Records Day
      > on November 9. It was for the fastest "fireman's carry", and called
      > for Ashrita to carry someone of at least his own body weight for one
      > mile in under 18 minutes. Fortunately Ashrita and his friend Bippin
      > weighed exactly the same. The attempt was very physically demanding on
      > both of them, and they collapsed in an exhausted heap at the end.
      > Bippin, who has helped Ashrita break many records over the years, had
      > mixed feelings about repeating the experience. "I don't look forward
      > to doing this again, no. [Ashrita] probably will though. I'm worried
      > because it's a new category and, as it's a fireman's carry, firemen
      > are going to latch on to it. So I can see us doing this again - but I
      > hope not!"
      > How does he do it? Ashrita says that intense concentration both during
      > and before each act of endurance allows him to make his mind calm and
      > clear so that he does not lose focus and become distracted by doubts,
      > fears and worries.
      > Ashrita credits his meditation teacher with showing him how to use his
      > inner strength to accomplish the seemingly impossible, and giving him
      > the inspiration to keep going. "In my teens I started searching for a
      > deeper meaning to life and studied Eastern philosophy and yoga. I
      > later attended a meditation evening with the Indian master Sri Chinmoy
      > , a meeting which changed the course of my life. Sri Chinmoy radically
      > changed the way I looked at things".
      > Ashrita says he had initial misgivings about the role of exercise in
      > spiritual practise (which Sri Chinmoy endorses ) because he didn't
      > consider himself much of a physical person due to his "life-long
      > commitment to nerdiness".
      > "But", says Ashrita, "I came to understand that the body is just an
      > instrument of the spirit and, if performed in the right consciousness,
      > physical feats can be just as – or even more- uplifting than
      > meditating in a temple!"
      > Sri Chinmoy's ideal of continual self-transcendence - whether
      > physical, mental or spiritual - is one in which there is no ultimate
      > goal, for the achievement of today's goal is only the starting point
      > for an even higher goal, and a much greater level of satisfaction. Sri
      > Chinmoy says he wants to encourage people to improve themselves in any
      > way they can, and believes that this is the only way we can be truly
      > happy. His own self-transcendence is exemplified by more than 1,500
      > published books ; 18,000 musical compositions ; 150,000 acrylic
      > paintings and over 700 free concerts around the world. Most recently,
      > he demonstrated the power of inner determination by wrist-curling a
      > 270 lb dumbbell, following on from his record-breaking 256 lb curl of
      > several weeks prior. Recently he also lifted two dumbells, with a
      > combined 740 lb total, overhead from their cradle on a custom-built
      > exercise machine – to commemorate his 74 years on earth.
      > Sri Chinmoy's feats of strength have evoked glowing accolades from
      > prestigious members of the weightlifting community. Five-time Mr.
      > Universe Bill Pearl called the 256lb curl a "miracle". Wayne DeMila,
      > Chairman of the Mr. Olympia contest, said that out of all the
      > weightlifters and champion bodybuilders he had seen, "Sri Chinmoy is
      > the only one I have ever seen wrist curl a 200lb dumbbell".
      > Sri Chinmoy credits all his athletic achievements to the inner power
      > which he is able to access through his meditation and prayer. "What I
      > wish to show by these feats of strength is that prayer and meditation
      > can definitely increase one's outer capacities. I hope that by doing
      > this I will be able to inspire many people to pray and meditate
      > sincerely as part of their daily routine".
      > Sri Chinmoy says that this inner power is available to everybody,
      > because it resides within them. The difficult part is bringing it to
      > the surface so that it can be expressed in our daily life. "If we can
      > have a free access to our inmost consciousness, the cosmic energy is
      > bound to come to the fore. If we go deep within, it comes like a
      > spring, a never-failing spring. And when it comes, it permeates the
      > whole body."
      > Many of Sri Chinmoy's other students have found creative ways to
      > combine fitness with self-improvement, and even with initiatives to
      > help inspire social progress. The World Harmony Run, now an annual
      > event which spans 80 countries across 6 continents, is an
      > Olympic-style torch relay in which participants run through their
      > respective countries to promote the spirit of international unity and
      > friendship.
      > What next for Ashrita? The sky's the limit. He is showing no signs of
      > slowing down anytime soon, and so it looks as if he will be taking up
      > plenty of room in the Guiness Book for the foreseeable future.
      > ---
      > For more information, visit www.ashrita.com
      > Videos of Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting can be viewed online at
      > www.srichinmoy.tv
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