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How I started breaking records
As a kid I had a huge fascination with the exotic places and people listed in the Guinness Book of Records, but being a non-athlete, I never imagined ever actually getting a world record myself. Years later, as a teenager, I became interested in Eastern spirituality and began studying meditation with Sri Chinmoy. Suddenly, I was filled with an inner joy and a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Sri Chinmoy also taught me about his philosophy of self-transcendence, that when you have access to the divine power we all have within us, nothing is impossible. In 1979 I set my first record by doing 27,000 jumping jacks, and it was such a thrill that I immediately began training for the next record and I haven’t stopped since!
“Ashrita Furman holds more records than any human being alive and has traveled the globe to set them” – ABC 20/20 News
“Ashrita, you’re a man who’s gone out and tackled life!” – Regis Philbin
“Some people just throw their lives away, and then you have guys like Ashrita Furman…!” – David Letterman
How can your life be satisfied
With small realities
If your heart has big dreams?
– Sri Chinmoy
Around the world
Ashrita has set records on every continent, and many of the world’s most famous landmarks.
The Guinness Versatility record
For a long time now, Ashrita has held more Guinness World records than any other person on earth. Ashrita was first recognised by Guiness World Records for the most records in unrelated disciplines in 1987. In 2009, he became the first person to hold 100 records simultaneously, coordinating an international group in reading a poem in the most languages – 111 – outside New York’s City Hall.
(Video: Guinness World Records visits Ashrita at his home in NY)