From the article:
On 164th Street in Jamaica, Queens, there is a vegetarian restaurant called Annam Brahma with a series of photographs on its rear wall showing a bald man in his 70’s doing one-arm dumbbell lifts, going incrementally, over 18 months, from 40 pounds up to what is claimed to be 7,063 pounds.
It sounds like a bar bet, but it is Sri Chinmoy: powerlifter for world peace. Mr. Chinmoy is a spiritual guru and founder of a worldwide empire of meditation centers based in Jamaica.
Besides staggering stacks of iron weights, Mr. Chinmoy’s lift résumé also includes heavy objects – airplanes, schoolhouses, pickup trucks.
But mostly he lifts people, more than 7,000 of them since 1988, when he started his “Lifting Up The World With a One-Ness Heart” campaign. He selects contributors to world peace, public figures and regular folk alike, and then honors them by shoulder-pressing them above his head on a custom-made lifting stand at an inconspicuous compound built around a clay tennis court across from the restaurant.