It reminds me of a story that Mahatma Gurucharnanand Ji used to tell a long time ago. Actually he used to sing it. And it was a story about this saint who had this very precious stone. And if you touched the stone to iron, it would turn into gold.
And so the saint had to go on a tour, and so he said, "Well, what am I going to do with this?" So he reached over and he knocked on the door of this business-man and he said, "Listen, mister, you know, I have to go and I want to keep this stone in a safe place, so what I'll do is I'll give it to you. You keep it! And on a certain date, at a certain time, at a certain hour, at a certain minute, at a certain second, I'm going to come, and I want to take this stone away. And till then you have the use of it. The quality of this stone is that you can touch it to metal, you can touch it to iron, and it will turn it into gold."
The guy said, "Wow, this is what I really want! This is what I'd love to have. This is what I've always wanted."
First thing he does, he calls up, finds out what the rate is, of the iron. And that day the rate was higher. Iron had just gone up in price, in value. So he said, well, the saint isn't going to come back for a month. Till then, a month, I got plenty of time, no problems, no bother. I mean, the thing is, if I buy iron at an expensive price, that's a waste of money. If I buy the iron at a cheaper price and then turn it into gold, it will be more valuable then.
So that day he just put it away. Second day he called on them; iron had gone up. Third day, even up. And he was very relaxed. "Well, I've got a month." Not realizing that that month is not a month any more, you know, it's 29 days, 28 days, 27 days, 26 days. You don't call 26 days a month. And to him: "I still got a month. I still got a month. I still got a month." Completely caught in that delusion, he just says, "Oh, it's okay. I'll just wait till this price goes down."
Finally, to his own surprise: a knock at the door. There it is! There is the saint, standing there, saying, "This is the day. This is the hour. This is the minute. And this is the second. I would like my stone back." And can you imagine the surprise? You can imagine, what would happen? You can imagine, you can imagine. I'll tell you why you can imagine! Because to this guy, he completely freaked out like that, just completely berserk, because he was looking for metal everywhere, and there was nothing metal that he had. He couldn't find anything that was metal.
And the saint said, "No, no, no, no, no, come on, you're wasting time. Let's go. Give me my stone. I have to go." The reason why I am saying that you can imagine that is because it's the same thing with you. You have the stone! You have this body, that has the capability of accomplishing that thing, the purpose of human life. Tell me, is gold more expensive, more valuable in any sense of the word, more than the accomplishment, the fulfillment, the pleasure of fulfilling the aim of this life? No. Can't be. Can never be! And then even more precious, a stone, a tool, which can accomplish something even more expensive than anything else in the world, has been given to us, has been presented to us.