Question: Can you please speak about the importance of our running the New York City Marathon?Sri Chinmoy: This year, even if only a hundred disciples join the marathon, and even if they are the worst performers, the very fact that I am there and my children are participating will be of real benefit to the other runners. The four thousand or five thousand runners there will get something from me. Although my consciousness will be primarily for my children, and I will be paying more attention to them than to the others, the very fact that I am there and involved means that the other runners are bound to get something inwardly which they never would have got otherwise. Of course, they may get only a dollar’s worth of benefit, whereas you as a disciple may get one thousand dollars’ worth of benefit; but still they will definitely get something.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-5, No. 7,8, July-August 1978, Vishma Press, 1978