Ashrita Furman, holder of the most Guinness records and a team of 20 disciples of Sri Chinmoy constructed the world’s largest (Sri Chinmoy birthday) Tennis Racket within ten days. Furman dedicated the racket to Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who would have been 81 on August 27th. A world peace dreamer and an avid tennis player Sri Chinmoy taught Furman meditation and inspired him for self-transcendence.
For every birthday Furman wants to give “Gurudakshina” or a birthday gift to his Guru and joy to many in the form of a new significant Guinness World Record. Some of the previous records included world’s largest pencil (72 feet long), world’s largest lollipop.
The old fashioned wood racket has a height of 50 feet (15.24 meters) and width of 16 feet (4.87 m.). It is a reproduction of the model named after legend Billie Jean King. Sri Chinmoy and President Michael Gorbachev presented together the World Athlete award to Billie Jean King in 2006. Sri Chinmoy met and played with many tennis players and had a close friendship with some of them such as India‘s Leander Paes.
Sri Chinmoy made many self-transcendence activities such as writing 1600 books, composing 21000 songs, drawing thousands of paintings in his lifetime and some short time records such as writing 700 poems in 24 hours. Inspired by his Guru, Furman started making Guinness World Records becoming No. 1 in the world. At present he has 151 world records to his credit. Furman says, “I am trying to show others that our human capacity is unlimited”. Furman has taken India’s ancient message ‘ Aham Brahmasmi (I am unlimited) to his heart.