The Record Breaker

2012, Biography  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 8.46/10 from 82 users.

Since 1979, Ashrita Furman has set over 350 Guinness records which means he is the greatest world record breaker of all time. He always loved the Guinness book of World Records. It was sort of like his Bible while he was growing up. He admired all those people who could do those amazing things and he just never figured he'll be able to do it.

Now he gets fulfillment every time he's doing a record, even a stupid one. When he isn't breaking records, Ashrita manages a health food store, but now he wants to set a record by climbing Machu Picchu on stilts. One of the great things about the Guinness book is that you see things that you would never think of doing yourself.

Ashrita says he was a pretty big nerd, very mental and he didn't have much of a life. He was first in his class; he was very industrious and he had a remarkable facility for asking questions that got right to the heart. His father wanted him to be an attorney but Ashrita decided that that was not the life he wanted... he thought there's got to be some deeper meaning of life. And that was the beginning of his search for something more profound.

He tested out Judaism and he didn't really found what he was looking for there. He started reading books on Eastern spirituality and he identified himself with Buddha. He wanted to attain enlightenment if possible. Then he started to search for a teacher and found one. At age 16, Ashrita became a disciple of Guru Sri Chinmoy.

When he dropped out of school his father wanted to disown him and he wouldn't support him anymore. Anyhow, Ashrita decided to start setting world records to honor his guru... he decided to do jumping jacks. It was a little tough but he got through and decided to stop at 27,000. To him, because he was so non-athletic, it felt like a miracle.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

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  1. Taos Joe

    Right On Ashrita Dude !! He Lives Joy of Life..You can see it in his face & hear in his voice...he has found his bit of peace & Harmonic Balance DESPITE the Negativity directed towards him personally by others......He has found that you cannot live what others want you to be........Ya Got 2 B UR Ownself ! Right Da Phuck On....Keep on Trucking Riding yer train......WE Alllll Know how the Ride ends , It's up to each of us to create our own scenery along the way !

  2. Alyx

    This is such a great movie! Like others said before me, his joy of life is really infectious and this movie will make you smile and laugh. Also the message of this movie is incredibly inspiring. In the movie he says that as a young boy looking at the Guiness World records that he never thought he could be one of those people in the book, but he tried nonetheless. It makes viewers realize that incredible people like him are normal people too, and what makes them so incredible is by having the courage to try. This is really an amazing movie.

  3. Rahul Hasani

    how can i download it...

  4. bionara

    A role perfect for Steve Carrel

  5. kafka11

    really made me smile, his joy of life is really infectious.

  6. deathcubeK

    inspiring, interesting guy

  7. Guest

    good documentary ! really annoying soundtrack

  8. Scartera

    Really enjoyed this.

  9. oQ

    short and sweet!

    beautiful testimony by the father too.

  10. John

    This is a different documentary than most of a real happy person, happy in life and really just enjoys life, worth watching

  11. bringmeredwine

    This was short and sweet. I was expecting Ashrita to be some kind of weirdo and watching stunts along the lines of "Jack Ass". Happily this little doc was nothing like that, and Ashrita appears to be a pleasant, intelligent fellow. I could have watched this longer. I loved his parents and his evil dog, too.

  12. whoopi goldberg

    this is great!

  13. Guest

    Haven't seen this but, honestly, I guess it is going to be really stupid. Also, I think I lost interest in the whole Guiness book of records thing when I was twelve.

    1. bionara

      That's the spirit... (sarcasm)! Can't wait to watch this doc!