On Monday, May 24, 2004, devotees in Edison, New Jersey continued to experience the bliss of Pramukh Swami Maharaj's divine company. P. Viveksagar Swami began a week-long parayan (discourse) on the Bhagwad Gita, artfully singing the verses in Sanskrit and explaining them in Gujarati.
During the evening assembly, a humorous drama was presented about a poor shopkeeper who was unable to reap the benefits of a stone that had the capability to change metal to gold (parasmani), simply because he failed to recognize its importance.
Swamishri followed this theme in his blessings by describing how we fail to recognize the importance of our human birth, and thus fail to reap the benefits it has to offer. Swamishri explained, "He who worships God, takes refuge at the feet of
god-realized saint, and gains knowledge through satsang attains liberation." The entire assembly recognized the importance of taking advantage of this human birth to attain liberation through Swamishri's knowledgeable words.