आत्म-संगीत -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

Icon-edit.gif is lekh ka punarikshan evn sampadan hona avashyak hai. ap isamen sahayata kar sakate hain. "sujhav"

adhi rat thi. nadi ka kinara tha. akash ke tare sthir the aur nadi men unaka pratibimb laharon ke sath chnchal. ek svargiy sngit ki manohar aur jivanadayini, pran-poshini ghvaniyaaun is nistabdh aur tamomay drishy par is prakash chha rahi thi, jaise hriday par ashaऍn chhayi rahati hain, ya mukhamndal par shok.

rani manorama ne aj guru-diksha li thi. din-bhar dan aur vrat men vyast rahane ke bad mithi nind ki god men so rahi thi. akasmath usaki ankhen khulin aur ye manohar dhvaniyaaun kanon men pahunchi. vah vyakul ho gayi—jaise dipak ko dekhakar patng; vah adhir ho uthi, jaise khaaund ki gndh pakar chinti. vah uthi aur dvarapalon evn chaukidaron ki drishtiyaaun bachati huee rajamahal se bahar nikal ayi—jaise vedanapoorn krandan sunakar ankhon se ansoo nikal jate hain.

sarita-tat par kntili jhadiya thin. oonche kagare the. bhayanak jntu the. aur unaki daravani avajen! shav the aur unase bhi adhik bhaynkar unaki kalpana. manorama komalata aur sukumarata ki moorti thi. parntu us madhur sngit ka akarshan use tanmayata ki avastha men khinche liya jata tha. use apadaon ka dhyan n tha.

vah ghnton chalati rahi, yahan tak ki marg men nadi ne usaka gatirodh kiya.

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manorama ne vivash hokar idhar-udhar drishti daudayi. kinare par ek nauka dikhaee di. nikat jakar boli—maaunjhi, main us par jaoongi, is manohar rag ne mujhe vyakul kar diya hai.

maaunjhi—rat ko nav nahin khol sakata. hava tej hai aur laharen daravani. jan-jokhim hain

manorama—main rani manorama hoon. nav khol de, munhamaaungi mazadoori doongi.

maaunjhi—tab to nav kisi tarah nahin khol sakata. raniyon ka is men nibah nahin.

manorama—chaudhari, tere paaunv padati hoon. shighr nav khol de. mere pran khinche chale jate hain.

maaunjhi—kya inam milega?

manorama—jo too maaunge.

‘maaunjhi—ap hi kah den, gnvar kya janoon, ki raniyon se kya chiz maaungani chahie. kahin koee aisi chiz n maaung baithoon, jo apaki pratishtha ke viruddh ho?

manorama—mera yah har atyant moolyavan hai. main ise kheve men deti hoon. manorama ne gale se har nikala, usaki chamak se maaujhi ka mukh-mndal prakashit ho gaya—vah kathor, aur kala mukh, jis par jhurriyaaun padi thi.

achanak manorama ko aisa pratit hua, manon sngit ki dhvani aur nikat ho gayi ho. kadachit koee poorn gyani purush atmannd ke avesh men us sarita-tat par baitha hua us nistabdh nisha ko sngit-poorn kar raha hai. rani ka hriday uchhalane laga. ah ! kitana manomugdhakar rag tha ! usane adhir hokar kaha—maaunjhi, ab der n kar, nav khol, main ek kshan bhi dhiraj nahin rakh sakati.

maaunjhi—is har ho lekar main kya karunga?

manorama—sachche moti hain.

maaunjhi—yah aur bhi vipatti hain maaunjhin gale men pahan kar padosiyon ko dikhayegi, vah sab dah se jalengi, use galiyaaun dengi. koee chor dekhega, to usaki chhati par saaunp lotane lagega. meri sunasan jhopadi par din-dahade daka pad jayaga. log chori ka aparadh lagayenge. nahin, mujhe yah har n chahie.

manorama—to jo kuchh too maaung, vahi doongi. lekin der n kar. mujhe ab dhairy nahin hai. pratiksha karane ki tanik bhi shakti nahin hain. in rag ki ek-ek tan meri atma ko tadapa deti hai.

maaunjhi—isase bhi achdi koee chiz dijie.

manorama—are nirdayi! too mujhe baton men lagaye rakhana chahata hain main jo deti hai, vah leta nahin, svayn kuchh maaungata nahi. tujhe kya maloom mere hriday ki is samay kya dasha ho rahi hai. main is atmik padarth par apana sarvasv nyauchhavar kar sakati hoon.

maaunjhi—aur kya dijiega?

manorama—mere pas isase bahumooly aur koee vastu nahin hai, lekin too abhi nav khol de, to pratigya karati hoon ki tujhe apana mahal de doongi, jise dekhane ke lie kadachit too bhi kabhi gaya ho. vishuddh shvet patthar se bana hai, bharat men isaki tulana nahin.

maaunjhi—(hns kar) us mahal men rah kar mujhe kya anand milega? ulate mere bhaee-bndhu shatru ho jaenge. is nauka par andheri rat men bhi mujhe bhay n lagata. andhi chalati rahati hai, aur main is par pada rahata hoon. kintu vah mahal to din hi men phad khayaga. mere ghar ke adami to usake ek kone men sama jaenge. aur adami kahan se laoonga; mere naukar-chakar kahan? itana mal-asabab kahan? usaki saphaee aur marammat kahan se karaoonga? usaki phulavariyaaun sookh jaengi, usaki kyariyon men gidad bolenge aur atariyon par kabootar aur ababilen ghonsale banayengi.

manorama achanak ek tanmay avastha men uchhal padi. use pratit hua ki sngit nikatatar a gaya hai. usaki sundarata aur anand adhik prakhar ho gaya tha—jaise batti ukasa dene se dipak adhik prakashavan ho jata hai. pahale chittakarshak tha, to ab aveshajanak ho gaya tha. manorama ne vyakul hokar kaha—ah! too phir apane munh se kyon kuchh nahin maaungata? ah! kitana viragajanak rag hai, kitana vihraval karane vala! main ab tanik dhiraj nahin dhar sakati. pani utar men jane ke lie jitana vyakul hota hai, shvas hava ke lie jitani vikal hoti hai, gndh ud jane ke lie jitani vyakul hoti hai, main us svargiy sngit ke lie utani vyakul hoon. us sngit men koyal ki-si masti hai, papihe ki-si vedana hai, shyama ki-si vihvalata hai, isase jharanon ka-sa zor hai, andhi ka-sa bal! isamen vah sab kuchh hai, isase vivekagni prajjvalit hoti, jisase atma samahit hoti hai, aur ant:karan pavitr hota hai. maaunjhi, ab ek kshan ka bhi vilamb mere lie mrityu ki yntrana hai. shighr nauka khol. jis suman ki yah sugndh hai, jis dipak ki yah dipti hai, us tak mujhe pahuncha de. main dekh nahin sakati is sngit ka rachayita kahin nikat hi baitha hua hai, bahut nikat.

maaunjhi—apaka mahal mere kam ka nahin hai, meri jhopadi usase kahin suhavani hai.

manorama—hay! to ab tujhe kya doon? yah sngit nahin hai, yah is suvishal kshetr ki pavitrata hai, yah samast suman-samooh ka saurabh hai, samast madhurataon ki madhurataon ki madhuri hai, samast avasthaon ka sar hai. nauka khol. main jab tak jioongi, teri seva karungi, tere lie pani bharungi, teri jhopadi baharungi. han, main tere marg ke knkad chunoongi, tere jhonpade ko phoolon se sajaoongi, teri maaunjhin ke pair maloongi. pyare maaunjhi, yadi mere pas sau janen hoti, to main is sngit ke lie arpan karati. eeshvar ke lie mujhe nirash n kar. mere dhairy ka antim bindu shushk ho gaya. ab is chah men dah hai, ab yah sir tere charanon men hai.

yah kahate-kahate manorama ek vikshipt ki avastha men maaunjhi ke nikat jakar usake pairon par gir padi. use aisa pratit hua, manon vah sngit atma par kisi prajjvalit pradip ki tarah jyoti barasata hua meri or a raha hai. use romanch ho aya. vah mast hokar jhoomane lagi. aisa gyat hua ki main hava men udi jati hoon. use apane parshv-desh men tare jhilamilate hue dikhayi dete the. us par ek amavismrit ka bhavavesh chha gaya aur ab vahi mastana sngit, vahi manohar rag usake munh se nikalane laga. vahi amrit ki boonden, usake adharon se tapakane lagin. vah svayn is sngit ki srot thi. nadi ke pas se ane vali dhvaniyaaun, pranaposhini dhvaniyaaun usi ke munh se nikal rahi thin. manorama ka mukh-mndal chandrama ke tarah prakashaman ho gaya tha, aur ankhon se prem ki kiranen nikal rahi thin.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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