चक्रवर्ती का स्तंभ -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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‘‘baba yah kaise bana? isako kisane banaya? is par kya likha hai?’’ sarala ne kee saval kiye. boodha dharmarakshit, bhedon ke jhund ko charate hue dekh raha tha. hari tekari jharal ke kinare sandhya ke apat ki chadar odh kar naya rng badal rahi thi. bhedon ki mandali us par dhire-dhire charati huee utarane-chadhऩe men kee rekha bana rahi thi.

ab ki dhyan akarshit karane ke lie sarala ne dharmarakshit ka hath khinchakar us stambh ko dikhalaya. dharmarakshit ne nishvas lekar kaha-‘‘beti, maharaj chakravarti ashok ne ise kab banaya tha. is par shil aur dharm ki agya khudi hai. chakravarti devapriy ne yah nahin vichar kiya ki ye agyaen bak-bak mani jayngi. dharmonmatt logon ne is sthan ko dhvast kar dala. ab vihar men dar se koee-koee bhikshuk bhi kabhi dikhaee padata hai.’’

vriddh yah kahakar udvign hokar krishn sandhya ka agaman dekhane laga. sarala usi ke bagal men baith gayi. stambh ke oopar baitha hua agya ka rakshak sinh dhire-dhire andhakar men vilin ho gaya.

thodi der men ek dharmashil kutumb usi sthan par aya. jirn stoop par dekhate-dekhate dipavali ho gayi. gandh-kusum se vah stoop archit hua. aguru ki gandh, kusum-saurabh tatha dipamala se vah jirn sthan ek bar alokapoorn ho gaya. sarala ka man us drishy se pulakit ho utha. vah bar-bar vriddh ko dikhane lagi, dharmik vriddh ki ankhon men us bhaktimayi archana se jal-bindu dikhaee dene lage. upasakon men milakar dharmarakshit aur sarala ne bhi bhare hue hriday se us stoop ko bhagavanh ke uddeshy se namaskar kiya.

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tapon ke shabd vahan se sunaee pad rahe hain. samast bhakti ke sthan par bhay ne adhikar kar liya. sab chakit hokar dekhane lage. ulkadhari ashvarohi aur hathon men nngi talavar! akash ke taron ne bhi bhay se munh chhipa liya. megh-mandali ro-ro kar mana karane lagi, kintu nishthur sainikon ne kuchh n suna. tod-tad, loot-pat karake sab pujariyon ko, ‘butaparaston’ ko bandh kar unake dharm-virodh ka dand dene ke lie le chale. sarala bhi unhin men thi.

dharmarakshit ne kaha-‘‘sainikon, tumhara bhi koee dharm hai?’’

ek ne kaha-‘‘sarvottam islam dharm.’’

dharmarakshit-‘‘kya usamen daya ki agya nahin hai?’’ uttar n mila.

dharmarakshit-‘‘kya jis dharm men daya nahin hai, use bhi tum dharm kahoge?’’

ek doosara-‘‘hai kyon nahin? daya karana hamare dharm men bhi hai. paigambar ka hukm hai, tum boodhe ho, tum par daya ki ja sakati hai. chhod do ji, usako.’’ boodha chhod diya gaya.

dharmarakshit-‘‘mujhe chahe bandh lo, kintu in sabon ko chhod do. vah bhi samrath tha, jisane is stambh par samast jivon ke prati daya karane ki agya khudava di hai. kya tum bhi desh vijay karake samrath hua chahate ho? tab daya kyon nahin karate?’’

ek bol utha-‘‘kya pagal boodhe se bak-bak kar rahe ho? koee aisi fikr karo ki yah kisi but ki parastish ka ooncha minar toda jay.’’

sarala ne kaha-‘‘baba, hamako yah sab liye ja rahe hain.’’

dharmarakshit-‘‘beti, asahay hoon, vriddh banhon men bal bhi nahin hai, bhagavanh ki karuna ka smaran kar. unhonne svayn kaha hai ki-‘‘snyog: viprayoganta:.’’

nishthur log hinsa ke lie parikraman karane lage. kintu pattharon men chillane ki shakti nahin hai ki use sunakar ve kroor atmaen tusht hon. unhen nirav rone men bhi asamarth dekhakar megh barasane lage. chapala chamakane lagi. bhishan garjan hone laga. chhipane ke lie ve nishthur bhi sthan khojane lage. akasmath ek bhishan garjan aur tivr alok, sath hi dhamaka hua.

chakravarti ka stambh apane samane yah drishy n dekh saka. ashanipat se khand-khand hokar gir pada. koee kisi ka bandi n raha.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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