गुदड़ी में लाल -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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

dirgh nishvason ka krida-sthal, garm-garm ansuon ka phoota hua patr! karal kal ki sarngi, ek budhiy़a ka jirn knkal, jisamen abhiman ke lay men karuna ki ragini baja karati hai.

abhagini budhiy़a, ek bhale ghar ki bahoo-beti thi. use dekhakar dayalu vayovriddh, he bhagavan! kahake chup ho jate the. dusht kahate the ki amiri men bada sukh loota hai. navayuvak desh-bhakt kahate the, desh daridr hai; khokhala hai. abhage desh men janmagrahan karane ka phal bhogati hai. agami bhavishy ki ujjvalata men vishvas rakhakar hriday ke rakt par santosh kare. jis desh ka bhagavanh hi nahin; use vipatti kya! sukh kya!

parantu budhiy़a sabase yahi kaha karati thi-‘‘main naukari karoongi. koee meri naukari laga do.’’ deta kaun? jo ek ghada jal bhi nahin bhar sakati, jo svayn uth kar sidha khadi nahin ho sakati thi, usase kaun kam karaye? kisi ki sahayata lena pasand nahin, kisi ki bhiksha ka ann usake mukh men paithata hi n tha. lachar hokar baboo ramanath ne use apani dukan men rakh liya. budhiy़a ki beti thi, vah do paise kamati thi. apana pet palati thi, parantu budhiy़a ka vishvas tha ki kanya ka dhan khane se us janm men billi, giragit aur bhi kya-kya hota hai. apana-apana vishvas hi hai, parantu dharmik vishvas ho ya nahin, budhiy़a ko apane atmabhiman ka poorn vishvas tha. vah atal rahi. sardi ke dinon men apane thithure hue hath se vah apane lie pani bhar ke rakhati. apani beti se sambhavat: utana hi kam karati, jitana amiri ke dinon men kabhi-kabhi use apane ghar bulane par karati.

baboo ramanath use masik vritti dete the. aur bhi tin-char paise use chabeni ke, jaise aur naukaron ko milate the, mila karate the. kee baras budhiy़a ke badi prasannata se kate. use n to du:kh tha aur n sukh. dukan men jhadoo lagakar usaki bikhari huee chijon ko batore rahana aur baithe-baithe thoda-ghana jo kam ho, karana budhiy़a ka dainik kary tha. usase koee nahin poochhata tha ki tumane kitana kam kiya. dukan ke aur koee naukar yadi dushtatavash use chhedate bhi the, to ramanath unhen dant deta tha.

vasant, varsha, sharad aur shishir ki sandhya men jab vishv ki vedana, jagath ki thakavat, dhoosar chadar men munh lapet kar kshitij ke nirav prant men sone jati thi; budhiy़a apani kothari men let rahati. apani kamaee ke paise se pet bharakar, kathor prithvi ki komal romavali ke saman hari-hari doob par bhi let rahana kisi-kisi ke sukhon ki snkhya hai, vah sabako prapt nahin. budhiy़a dhany ho jati thi, use santosh hota.

ek din us durbal, din, budhiy़a ko baniye ki dukan men lal mirache phatakana pada. budhiy़a ne kisi-kisi kasht se use snvara. parantu usaki tivrata vah sahan n kar saki. use moochrchha a gayi. ramanath ne dekha, aur dekha apane kathor tanbe ke paise ki or. usake hriday ne dhikkara, parantu antaratma ne lalakara. us baniya ramanath ko sahas ho gaya. usane socha, kya is budhiy़a ko ‘pinsin’ nahin de sakata? kya unake pas itana abhav hai? avashy de sakata hai. usane man men nishchay kiya. ‘‘tum bahut thak gayi ho, ab tumase kam nahin ho sakata.’’ budhiy़a ke devata kooch kar gaye. usane kaha-‘‘nahin nahin, abhi to main achchhi tarah kam kar leti hoon.’’ ‘‘nahin, ab tum kam karana band kar do, main tumako ghar baithe diya karoonga.’’

‘‘nahin beta! abhi tumhara kam main achchha-bhala kiya karoongi.’’ budhiy़a ke gale men kante pad gaye the. kisi sukh ki ichchha se nahin, penshan ke lobh se bhi nahin. usake man men dhakka laga. vah sochane lagi-‘‘main bina kisi kam ke kiye isaka paisa kaise loongi?’’ kya yah bhikh nahin?’’ atmabhiman jhanajhana utha. hriday-tantri ke tar kade hokar chadh gaye. ramanath ne madhurata se kaha-‘‘tum ghabarao mat, tumako koee kasht n hoga.’’

budhiy़a chali ayi. usaki ankhon men ansoo n the. aj vah sookhe kath-si ho gayi. ghar jakar baithi, kothari men apana saman ek or sudharane lagi. beti ne kaha-‘‘man, yah kya karati ho?’’

man ne kaha-‘‘chalane ki taiyari karo.’’

ramanath apane man men apani prashnsa kar raha tha, apane ko dhany samajhata tha. usane samajh liya ki hamane aj ek achchha kam karane ka snkalp kiya hai. bhagavanh isase avashy prasann honge.

budhiy़a apani kothari men baithi-baithi vicharati thi, ‘‘jivan bhar ke sanchit is abhiman-dhan ko ek muththi ann ki bhiksha par bech dena hoga. asahy! bhagavanh kya mera itana sukh bhi nahin dekh sakate! unhen sunana hoga.’’ vah prarthana karane lagi.

‘‘is anant jvalamayi srishti ke katrta! kya tumhin karuna-nidhan ho? kya isi dar se tumhara astitv mana jata hai? abhav, asha, asantosh aur artanadon ke achary! kya tumhin dinanath ho? tumhin ne vedana ka visham jal phailaya hai? tumhin ne nishthur du:khon ke sahane ke lie manav-hriday sa komal padarth chuna hai aur use vicharane ke lie, smaran karane ke lie diya hai anubhavashil mastishk? kaisi kathor kalpana hai, nishthur! tumhari kathor karuna ki jay ho! main chir parajit hoon.’’

sahasa budhiy़a ke shirn mukh par kanti a gayi. usane dekha, ek svargiy jyoti use bula rahi hai. vah hnsi, phir shithil hokar let rahi.

ramanath ne doosare hi din suna ki budhiy़a chali gayi. vedana-kleshahin-akshayalok men use sthan mil gaya. us mahine ki penshan se usaka dah-karm kara diya. phir ek dirgh nishvas chhodakar bola, ‘‘amiri ki badh men n jane kitani vastu kahan se akar ekatr ho jati hain, bahuton ke pas us badh ke ghat jane par keval kursi, koch aur toot gahane rah jate hain. parantu budhiy़a ke pas rah gaya tha sachcha svabhiman gudadi ka lal.’’

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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