Question: How many followers do you have in the United States?Sri Chinmoy: Of disciples who strictly follow the discipline that I impose on them I have about fifty. There are admirers and persons interested in the teachings who come to my lectures and form a much bigger group. These have no obligation but they cannot have me as their teacher. If, for example, something disagreeable in their family comes to happen, I am not obliged to give them help.
Sri Chinmoy, Earth’s cry meets Heaven’s smile, part 3, Agni Press, 1978