Ashrita Furman has been in the UK news quite a bit this week, leading up to his next record breaking attempt in Brazil: to jump rope 900 times in an hour. Underwater. In an aquarium tank. Full of manatees.
Ashrita currently holds 137 Guinness World records, including the one for holding the most world records. He attributes his achievements to Sri Chinmoy, having learned from him the art of meditation and the philosophy of self-transcendence since his teens.
My favourite article this week was by Will Pavia in the Times. Here is a short excerpt:
“It’s about getting closer to God,” he said. And what does God make of a man gyrating down a running track with a milk bottle on his head?
“I think He gets a good chuckle out of it,” Mr Furman said.