नेऊर -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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akash men chandi ke pahad bhag rahe the, takara rahe the gale mil rahen the, jaise soory megh sngram chhida hua ho. kabhi chhaya ho jati thi kabhi tej dhoop chamak uthati thi. barasat ke din the. umas ho rahi thi . hava badn ho gayi thi. gavn ke bahar kee majoor ek khet ki med bandh rahe, the. nnge badan pasine men tar kachhani kase hue, sab ke sab phavade se mitati khodakar med par rakhate jate the. pani se mitti naram ho gayi thi. gobar ne apani kani ankh matakakar kahan-ab to hath nahin chalata bhaee gol bhi chhoot gaya hoga, chabena kar le.  neur ne hnsakar kaha-yah med to poori kar lo phir chabena kar lena mai to tumase pahale aya. dono ne sir par jhauva uthate hue kaha-tumane apani javani men jitani ghi khaya hoga neur dada utana to ab hamen pani bhi nahin milata. neur chhote dil ka gathila kala, phurtila adami,tha. umr pachas se oopar thi, magar achchhe achchhe naujavan usake barabar mehanat n kar sakate the abhi do tin sal pahale tak kushti ladana chhod diya tha. gobar–tumane tamakhoo piye bina kaise raha jata hai neur dada? yahan to chahe roti ne mile lekin tamakhoo ke bina nahin raha jata. dina–to yahan se akar roti banaoge dada? buchhiya kuchh nahin karati? hamase to dada aisi mehariy se ek din n pate.  neur ke pichak khichadi moonchho se dhake mukh parahasy ki smit-rekha chamak uthi jisane usaki kurupata ko bhi sundar banar diya. bola-javani to usi ke sath kati hai beta, ab usase koee kam nahin hota. to kya karun. gobar–tumane use sir chadha rakha hai, nahin to kam kyo n karati? maje se khat par baithi chilam piti rahati hai aur sare ganv se lada karati hai toom boodhe ho gaye, lekin vah to ab bhi javan bani hai.  dina–javan aurat usaki kya barabari karegi? sendur, tikuli, kajal, mehadi men to usaka man basata hai. bina kinaradar rngin dhoti ke use kabhi udekha hi nahin us par gahanon se bhi ji nahin bharata. tum goo ho isase nibah ho jata hai, nahin to ab tak gali gali thokaren khati hoti. gobar – mujhe to usake banav singar par gussa atahai . kat kuchhan karegi; par khane pahanane ko achchha hi chahie.  neur-tum kya jano beta jab vah ayi thi to mere ghar sat hal ki kheti hoti thi. rani bani baithi rahati thi. jamana badal gaya, to kya hua. usaka man to vahi hai. ghadi bhar choolhe ke samane baith jati hai to kya hua! usaka man to vahi hai. ghadi bhar choolhe ke samane baith jati hai to ankhe lal ho jati hai aur mood thamakar pad jati hai. majhase to yah nahin dekha jata. isi din rat ke lie to adami shadi byah karata hai aur isame kya rakha hai. yahan se jakar roti banaunga pani, laoogan, tab do kaur khayegi. nahin to mujhe kya tha tumhari tarah char phnki marakar ek lota pani pi leta. jab se bitiya mar gayi. tab se to vah aur bhi last ho gayi. yah bada bhari dhakka laga. man ki mamata ham–tum kya samajhegen beta! pahale to kabhi kabhi dant bhi deta tha. abakis munh se dantoon? dina-tum kal ped kahe ko chadhe the, abhi goolar kaun paki hai? neur-us bakari ke lie thodi patti tod raha tha. bitiya ko doodh pilane ko bakari li thi. ab budhiya ho gayi hai. lekin thoda doodh de deti hai. usi ka doodh aur roti budhiya ka adhar hai. ghar pahunchakar neur ne lota aur dor uthaya aur nahane chala ki stri ne khat par lete–lete kaha- itani der kyon kar diya karate ho? adami kam ke pichhe paran thode hi deta hai? jab majoori sab ke barabar milati hai to kyo kam kam kepichhe marate ho? neur ka ant:karan ek madhury se sarabor ho gaya. usake atmasamarpan se bhare hue prem men main ki gandh bhi to nahin thi. kitani sneh! aur kise usake aram ki, usake marane jine ki chinta hai? phir yah kyon n apani budhiya ke lie mare? bola–too un janam men koee devi rahi hogi budhiya,sach. ‘‘achchha rahane do yah chapaloosi . hamare age ab kaun baitha hua hai, jisake lie itani hay–hay karate ho?’’ neur gaj bhar ki chhati kiye snan karane chala gaya. lautakar usane moti moti rotiyan banayi. aloo choolhe men dal diye. unaka bhurata banaya, phir budhiya aur vah dono sath khane baithe.  budhiya–meri jat se tumhe koee sukh n mila. pade-pade khati hoon aur tumhe tng karati hoon aur isase to kahin achchha tha ki bhagavan mujhe utha lete.’  ‘bhagavan ayenge to mai kahoonga pahale mujhe le chalon. tab is sooni jhopadi men kaun rahega.’ ‘tum n rahoge, to meri kya dasha hogi. yah sochakar meri ankho men andhera a jata hai. maine koee bada pun kiya tha. ki tumhen paya tha. kisi aur ke sath mera bhala kya nibah hota?’ aise mithe snntosh ke lie neur kya nahin kar dalana chahata tha.  alasin lobhin, svarthin budhiyanapani jibh par keval mithas rakhakar neur ko nachati thi jaise koee shikari kntiye men chara lagakar machhali ko khilata hai. pahale kaun mare, is vishay par aj yah pahali hi bar batachit n huee thi. isake pahale bhi kitani hi bar yah prashn utha tha aur ya hi chhod diya gaya tha;! lekin n jane kyon neur ne apani digri kar li thi aur use nishchay tha ki pahale main jaoonga. usake pichhe bhi budhiya jab tak rah aram se rahe, kisi ke samane hath n phailaye, isilie vah marata rahata tha, jisame hath men char paise jamaho jaye.‘ kathin se kathin kam jise koee n kar sake neur karata din bhar phavade kudal ka kam karane ke bad rat ko vah ookh ke dinon men kisi ki ookh perata ya kheton ki rakhavali karata, lekin din nikalate jate the aur jo kuchh kamata tha vah bhi nikala jata tha. budhiya ke bagair vah jivan....nahin, isaki vah kalpana hi n kar sakata tha. lekin aj ki bate ne neur ko sashnk kar diya. jal men ek boond rng ki bhati yah shaka usake man me sama kar atirajitn hone lagi. 

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ganv men neur ko kam ki kami n thi, par majoori to vahi milati thi, jo ab tak milati ayi thi; is mandi men vah majoori bhi nahin rah gayi thi. ekaek ganv men ek sadhu kahin se ghoomate–phirate a nikale aur neur ke ghar ke samane hi pipal ki chhanh me unaki dhuni jal gee ganv valo ne apana dhany bhagy samajha. babaji ka seva stkar karane ke lie sabhi jama ho gaye. kahin se lakadi a gayi se kahin se bichhane ko kambal kahin se ata–dal. neur ke pas kya tha.? babaji ke lie bhejan banane ki seva usane li. charas a gayi , dam lagane laga.  do tin din men hi babaji ki kirti phailane lagi. vah atmadarshi hai bhoot bhavishy b bat dete hai. lobh to chhoo nahin gaya. paisa hath se nahin chhoote aur bhojan bhi kya karate hai. ath pahar men ek do batiyan kha li; lekin mukh dipak ki tarah damak raha hai. kitani mithi bani hai.! saral hriday neur babaji ka sabase bada bhakt tha. us par kahin babaji ki daya ho gayi. to paras hi ho jayaga. sara du:kh daliddar mit jayaga.  bhaktajan ek-ek karake chale gaye the. khoob kadake ki thnd pad rahi thi keval neur baitha babaji ke panv daba raha tha.  baba ji ne kaha- bachcha! snsar maya hai isamen kyon phnse ho?  neur ne nat mastak hokar kaha-agyani hun maharaj, kya karoon? stri hai use kis par chhodoon! ‘too samajhata hai too stri ka palan karata hai?’  ‘aur kaun sahara hai use babaji?’ ‘eeshvar kud nahin hai too hi sab kuchh hai?’ neur ke man men jaise gyan-uday ho gaya. tu itana abhimani ho gaya hai. tera itana dimag! mazadoori karate karate jan jati hai aur too samajhata hai mai hi budhiya ka sab kuchh hoon. prabhu jo snsar ka palan karate hai, tu unake kam men dakhal dene ka dava karata hai. usake saral karate hai. astha ki dhvani si uthakar use dhikkarane lagi bola–agyani hoon maharaj! isase zyada vah aur kuchh n kah saka. akhon se din vishad ke ansu girane lage. babaji ne tejasvita se kaha –‘dekhana chahata hai eeshvar ka chamatkar! vah chahe to kshan bhar me tujhe lakhapati kar de. kshan bhar men teri sari chintaen. har le! mai usaka ek tuchchh bhakt hoon kakavishta; lekin mujhemen bhi itani shakti hai ki tujhe paras bana doon. too saf dil ka, sachcha eemanadar adami hai. moojhe tujhapar daya ati hai. maine is ganv men sabako dhyan se dekha. kisi men shakti nahin vishvas nahin . tujhame maine bhakt ka hriday paya tere pas kuchh chandi hai?’’ neur ko jan pad raha tha ki samane svarg ka dvar hai. ‘das paaunch rupaye hoge maharaj?’ ‘kuchh chandi ke toote phoote gahane nahin hai?’ ‘gharavali ke pas kuchh gahane hai.’ ‘kal rat ko jitani chand mil sake yahan la aur eeshvar ki prabhuta dekh. tere samane mai chandi ki handi men rakhakar isi dhuni men rakh doonga prat:kal akar handi nikala lena; magar itana yad rakhana ki un asharphiyo ko agar sharab pine men jua khelane men ya kisi doosare bure kam men kharch kiya to kodhi ho jaega. ab ja so rah. han itana aur sun le isaki charcha kisi se mat karana gharavalon se bhi nahin.’ neur ghar chala, to aisa prasann tha mano eeshvar ka hath usake sir par hai. rat-bhar use nind nahin ayi. sabere usane kee adamiyon se do-do char char rupaye udhar lekar pachas rupaye jode! log usaka vishvas karate the. kabhi kisi ka paisa bhi n dabata tha. vade ka pakka niyat ka saph. rupaye milane men dikkat n huee. pachis rupaye usake pas the. budhiya se gahane kaise le. chal chali. tere gahane bahut maile ho gaye hai. khataee se saf kar le . rat bhar khataee men rahane se ne ho jayege. budhiya chakame men a gayi. handi men khataee dalakar gahane bhigo die aur jab rat ko vah so gayi to neur ne rupaye bhi usi handi me dala die aur babaji ke pas pahuncha. babaji ne kuchh mantr padha. handi ko chhooni ki rakh men rakha aur neur ko ashirvad dekar vida kiya.  rat bhar karabaten badalane ke bad neur munh andhere baba ke darshan karane gaya. magar babaji ka vahan pata n tha. adhir hokar usane dhooni ki jalati huee rakh tatoli . handi gayab thi. chhati dhak-dhak karane lagi. badahavas hokar baba ko khojane laga. hat ki taraph gaya. talab ki or pahuncha. das minat, bis minat, adha ghnta! baba ka kahin nishan nahin. bhakt ane lage. baba kahan ge? kambal bhi nahin baratan bhi nahin! bhakt ne kaha–ramate sadhuon ka kya thikana! aj yahan kal vahan, ek jagah rahe to sadhu kaise? logo se hel-mel ho jae, bandhan men pad jayen. ‘siddh the.’ ‘lobh to chhoo nahin gaya tha.’ neur kaha hai? us par badi daya karate the. usase kah gaye hoge.’  neur ki talash hone lagi, kahin pata nahin. itane men budhiya neur ko pukarati huee ghar men se nikali. phir kolahal mach gaya. budhiya roti thi aur neur ko galiyan deti thi. neur kheto ki medo se betahasha bhagata chala jata tha. mano us papi snsar is nikal jaega. ek adami ne kaha- neur ne kal mujhase panch rupaye liye the. aj sanjh ko dene ko kaha tha. doosara–hamase bhi do rupaye aj hi ke vade par liye the. budhiya royi–dadhijar mere sare gahane legaya. pachis rupaye rakhe the vah bhi utha le gaya.  log samajh gaye, baba koee dhoort tha. neur ko sajha de gaya. aise-aise thag pade hai snsar men. neur ke bare men bare men kisi ko aisa sndeh nahin thi. bechara sidha adami a gaya patti men. mare laj ke kahin chhipa baitha hoga

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tin mahine gujar gaye. jhansi zile men dhasan nadi ke kinare ek chhota sa ganv hai- kashipur nadi ke kinare ek pahadi tila hai. usi par kee din se ek sadhu ne apana asan jamaya hai. nate qad ka adami hai, kale tave ka-sa rng deh gathi huee. yah neur hai jo sadhu besh men duniya ko dhokha de raha hai. vahi saral nishkapat neur hai jisane kabhi paraye mal ki or ankh nahin uthayo jo pasina ki roti khakar magn tha. ghar ki gavn ki aur budhiya ki yad ek kshan bhi use nahin bhoolati is jivan men phir koee din ayega. ki vah apane ghar pahunchega aur phir us snsar me hnsata- khelata apani chhoti–chhoti chintao aur chhoti–chhoti ashao ke bich anand se rahega. vah jivan kitana sukhamay tha. jitane the. sab apane the sabhi adar karate the. sahanubhooti rakhate the. din bhar ki majoori, thoda-sa anaj ya thode se paise lekar ghar ata tha, to budhiya kitane mithe sneh se usaka svagat karati thi. vah sari mehanat, sari thakavat jaise use mithas men sanakar aur mithi ho jati thi. hay ve din phir kab ayege? n jane budhiya kaise rahati hogi. kaun use pan ki tarah pherega? kaun use pakakar khilayega? ghar men paisa bhi to nahin chhoda gahane tak daba diye. tab use krodh ata. ki us baba ko pa jay, to kachch hikha jae. hay lobh! lobh! unake anany bhakto men ek sundari yuvati bhi thi jisake pati ne use tyag diya tha. usaka bap fauji-penshanar tha, ek padhe likhe adami se ladaki ka vivah kiya: lekin ladaka maaun ke kahane men tha aur yuvati ki apani sans se n patati. vah cha hati thi shauhar ke sath sas se alag rahe shauhar apani man se alag hone par n raji hua. vah ruthakar maike chali ayi. tab se tin sal ho gaye the aur sasural se ek bar bhi bulava n aya n patidev hi aye. yuvati kisi tarah pati ko apane vash men kar lena chahati thi. mahatmaon ke lie tarah pati ko apane vash men kar lena chahati thi mahatmao ke lie kisi ka dil pher dena aisa kya mushikal hai! han, unaki daya chahie. ek din usane ekant men babaji se apani vipati kah sunayi. neur ko jis shikar ki toh thi vah aj milata hooa jan pada gnbhir bhav se bola-beti mai n siddh hoon n mahatma n mai snsar ke jhamelo men padata hoon par teri saradha aur parem dekhakar tujh par daya ati hau. bhagavan ne chaha to tera manoradh poora ho jayega. ‘ap samarth hai aur mujhe apake oopar vishvas hai.’ ‘bhagavan ki jo ichchha hogi vahi hoga.’ ‘is abhagini ki dogi ap vahi hoga.’ ‘mere bhagavan ap hi ho.’ neur ne mano dharm-sakatn men padakar kaha-lekin beti, us kam men bada anushthan karana padega. aur anushthan men saikado hajaron ka kharch hai. us par bhi tera kaj siddh hoga ya nahi, yah mai nahin kah sakata. han mujhase jo kuchh ho sakega, vah mai kar doonga. par sab kuchh bhagavan ke hath men hai. mai maya ko hath se nahin chhoota; lekin tera du:kh nahin dekha jata. usi rat ko yuvati ne apane sone ke gahanon ki petari lakar babaji ke charanon par rakh di babaji ne kanpate hue hathon se petari kholi aur chandrama ke ujjval prakash men abhooshano ko dekha . unaki badhe jhapak gayin yah sari maya unaki hai vah unake samane hath badhe khadi kah rahi hai mujhe angikar kijie kuchh bhi to karana nahin hai keval petari lekar apane sirahane rakh lena hai aur yuvati ko ashirvad dekar vida kar dena hai. prat kal vah ayegi us vakt vah utana door hogen jahan unaki tage le jayegi. aisa ashatit saubhagy! jab vah rupaye se bhari thailiyan lie ganv men pahunchege aur budhiya ke samane rakh dege! oh! isase bade anand ki to vah kalpana bhi nahin kar sakate. lekin n jane kyon itana jara sa kam bhi usase nahin ho sakata tha. vah petari ko uthakar apane sirahane knbal ke niche dabakar nahin rakh sakata. hai. kuchh nahin; par usake lie asoojh hai, asadhy hai vah us petari ki or hath bhi nahin badha sakata hai itana kahane me kaun si duniya ulati jati hai. ki beti ise uthakar is kambal ke niche rakh de. jaban kat to n jayagi, ;magar ab use maloom hota ki jaban par bhi usaka kaboo nahin hai. ankho ke ishare se bhi yah kam ho sakata hai. lekin is samay ankhe bhid bagavat kar rahi hai. man ka raja itane matriyon aur samanto ke hote hue bhi ashakt hai nirih hai lakh rupaye ki thaili samane rakhi ho nngi talavar hath men ho gay mazaboot rassi ke samane bndhi ho, kya us gay ki garadan par usake hath uthegen. kabhi nahin koee usaki garadan bhale hi kat le. vah goo ki hatya nahin kar sakata. vah parityakta use usi gu ki hatya nahin kar sakata vah papityakta use usi goo ki tarah lagar hi thi. jis avasar ko vah tin mahine khoj raha hai use pakar aj usaki atma kanp rahi hai. trishna kisi vany jantu ki bhanti apane snskare se akhetapriy hai lekin jnjiro se badhe–badhe usake nakh gir gaye hai aur datn kamazor ho gaye hain. usane rote hune kaha–beti petari utha le jao. mai tumhari pariksha kar raha tha. manorath poora ho jayega. chaaund nadi ke par vriksho ki god men vishram kar chuka tha. neur dhire se utha aur dhasan me snan karake ek or chal diya. bhabhoot aur tilak se use ghrina ho rahi thi use ashchary ho raha tha ki vah ghar se nikala hi kaise? thode upahas ke bhay se! use apane andar ek vichitr ullas ka anubhav ho raha tha mano vah bediyo se mukt ho gaya ho koee bahut badi chijay prapt ki ho. 4 a thave din neur ganv pahunch gaya. ladako ne dauthakar uchhal kuchhakar, usaki lakadi usake hath usaka svagat kiya. ek ladake ne kaha kaki to maragayi dada. neur ke panv jaise bndh gaye munh ke dono kone niche jhuke gaye. dinavishad akhon men chamak utha kuchh bola nahin, kuchh poochha bhi nahin. palbhar jaise nissngy khada raha phir badi teji se apani jhopadi ki or chala. balakavrinad bhi usake pichhe daude magar unaki shararat aur chnchalata bhagachali thi. jhopadi khuli padi thi budhiya ki charapaee jaha ki tahan thi. usaki chilam aur nariyal jyo ke jyo dhare hue the. ek kone men do char mitati aur pital ke baratan pade hune the ladek bahar hi khade rah gaye jhepadi ke andar kaise jay vahan budhiya baithi hai. ganv me bhagadad mach gayi. neur dada a gaye. jhopadi ke dvar par bhid lag gayi prashano katanta badh gaya.–toom itane dinokahan the. dada? tumhare jane ke bad tisare hi din kaki chal basin rat din tumhen galiyan deti thi. marate marate tumhe gariyati hi rahi. tisare din aye to meri padi kthi. tum itane din kaha rahe?  neur ne koee javab n diya. keval shuny nirash karun ahat netro se logo ki or dekhata raha mano usaki vani har ligayi hai. us din se kisi ne use bolate ya rote-hnsate nahin dekha. ganv se adh mil par pakki sadak hai. achchhi amadaraphat hai. neur bed sabere jakar sadak ke kinare ek ped ke niche baith jata hai. kisi se kuchh mangata nahin par rahagir koochh n kuchh de hi dete hai.– chebana anaj paise. sadhyan sayam vah apani jhopadi me a jata hai, chirag jalata hai bhojan banata hai, khana hai aur usi khat par pada rahata hai. usake jivan, mai jo ek snchalak shakti thi,vah lupt ho gayi hai ai vah ab keval jivadhari hai. kitani gahari manovyadha hai. ganv men pleg aya. log ghar chhod chhodakar bhagane lage neur ko ab kisi ki paravah n thi. n kisi ko usase bhay tha n prem. sara ganv bhag gaya. neur apani jhopadi se n nikala aur aj bhi vah usi peu़ ke niche sadak ke kinare usi tarah maun baitha hua najar ata hai- nishchesht, nirjiv.

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