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navin komal kisalayon se lade vrikshon se hara-bhara tapovan vastav men shanti-niketan ka manohar akar dharan kiye hue hai, chanchal pavan kusumasaurabh se digant ko paripoorn kar raha hai; kintu, anandamay vashishth bhagavanh apane gambhir mukhamandal ki gambhiramayi prabha se agnihotr-shala ko alokamay kiye tatha dhyan men netr band kiye hue baithe hain. prashant mahasagar men sote hue matsyaraj ke saman hi donon netr alaukik alok se alokit ho rahe hain.

raghukul-shreshth maharaj trishnku samane hath jodakar khade hain, kintu samathry kisaki jo us anand men badha dale. dhyan bhagn hua, vashishthaji ko trishnku ne sashtang dandavath kiya, unhonne ashirvad diya. sabako baithane ki agya huee, savinay sab baithe.

maharaj ko kuchh kahate dekhakar brahmarshi ne dhyan se sunana arambh kiya. trishnku ne poochha-‘‘bhagavanh! ygy ka kya phal hai?’’

phir prashn kiya gaya-‘‘manushy sharir se svarg-prapti ho sakati hai?’’

uttar mila-‘‘nahin.’’

phir prashn kiya gaya-‘‘apaki kripa se sab ho sakata hai?’’

uttar mila-‘‘rajanh, usako tum n to pa sakate ho aur n ham dila sakate hain.’’

trishnku vahan se uthakar, pranamoparant doosari or chale.

thodi hi door par bhagavan vashishth ke putragan apas men shastravad kar rahe the. trishnku ne unhen pranam kiya, aur kaha-‘‘ap manav-sharir se svarg jane ka phal denevala ygy kara sakate hain?’’

putr shishy ne kaha-‘‘bhagavan vashishth ne kya kaha?’’

trishnku ne uttar diya-‘‘bhagavan vashishth ne to asambhav kaha hai.’’

yah sunakar vashishth-putron ko bada krodh hua, aur badi ugrata se ve bol uthe-‘‘matimand trishnku, tujhe kya ho gaya, guru par avishvas! tujhe to is pap ke phal se chandalatv ko prapt hona chahie.’’

is shrap se trishnku shri-bhrasht hokar chandalatv ko prapt hua; svarg ke badale chandalatv mila-puny karate pap hua!

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shri-bhrasht hokar trishnku vilap karata hua ja raha hai ki sahasa narad ka darshan hua. sarvabhaum maharaj ki aisi avastha dekhakar narad ne poochha-‘‘rajanh! yah kya?’’ bilakhate hue trishnku ne sari katha sunaee. narad ne kaha-‘‘ap kyon hatash hote hain, main apako ek katha sunata hoon, sunie-

‘‘bahut din hue vishvamitr namak ek raja apani chaturngini sena ko lie hue, akhet karata hua, vashishthashram men pahuncha. vahan shantimayi prakritik shobha dekhakar brahmarshi vashishth ke darshan ki abhilasha usake chitt men utpann huee. vahan ke atithy se vah bahut hi prasann hua. aranyavasi rishikalpon ki saral abhyarthana se vah anandit hua; parantu jab use sasainy amantran mila, tab bahut hi chakit hua. jab usane vahan jakar dekha ki kuchh nahin hai, tab aur bhi ashcharyanvit hua. bhagavanh vashishth ne brahmavidya-svaroopini ‘kamadhenu’ se sab vastuen mang lin aur kee din tak un sainikon ke sahit vishvamitr ko rakha.

‘‘jab vah vida hone laga, tab unase vidaee ke svaroop men us kamadhenu ko mangane laga. jab unhonne n diya, tab unhen du:kh dene laga. tapovan ko usake sainikon ne charon or se gher liya. kintu vashishth keval shant hokar sahan karane lage. akasmath pallav-deshiy manushyon ki yuddh-yatra ho rahi thi, un sabon ne dekha ki brahmarshi, ek unmatt kshatriy se sataya ja raha hai, to sabhon ne ladakar vishvamitr ko sasainy bhaga diya, aur vashishth ashram men shanti virajane lagi; kintu vishvamitr ko us apaman se param du:kh hua, aur vah tapasya se shnkar ko prasann karane laga.

‘‘shnkar ne prasann hokar use sab dhanurved ka gyan diya. ab vah dhanurvidya se bali hokar phir usi vashishthashram par pahuncha, aur mahatma vashishth ko pida dene laga. jab vashishth ko bahut vyatha huee, tab ve usake samip pahunche aur use samajhane lage; kintu balonmatt kshatriy un par shastron ka prayog karane laga.

‘‘vashishth ne keval brahmatejamay-sahishnutaroopi dand se sabako sahan kiya. brahmarshi ke mukh par udvignata ki chhaya nahin, tap bhi nahin, keval shanti hi biraj rahi hai. vishvamitr vichalit hue. chitt ki chinta-shrotasvini ka pravah doosari or phira, aur vah kah utha-

‘‘dhigbaln kshatriyabaln’’

‘‘vah ab brahm-bal pane ki asha se ghor tapasya kar raha hai, ab usamen kuchh shanti ki chhaya padi hai.’’

itana kahakar narad antarbhoot hue. trishnku ghor chinta men pada. ek-ek karake vashishth tatha unake putron ki sab baten hriday men bajane lagin. vishad tatha krodh ne use vivek-hin bana diya, chitt men pratihinsa jal uthi-bar-bar ‘pratihinsa’ ki dhvani usake kanon men goonjane lagi. kinkartavy-vimoodh hokar mantr-mugdh ki bhanti vishvamitr ki tapobhoomi ki or chal pada.

vishvamitr trishnku se prasann hue. tapasya kar rahe hain, kintu eersha ne hriday ka adhikar nahin chhoda. vashishth ke pratikool hokar kary karane men vah bahut hi anandit hue, aur ygy karana svikar kiya. ‘madhuchchhanda’ ityadi putron ko agya di ki ve ygy ka samaroh karen. aur, brahmavadiyon ko bhi nimantran diya gaya. sab hone laga. kintu, vahan jata hi kaun hai?

vashishth-putron ne sab se kah diya tha ki-‘‘chandal yajaman aur kshatriy achary dvara sampadit ygy men kaun bhag lega!’’

avahan karane par bhi purodash grahan karane ke lie devagan nahin aye. vishvamitr krodhanvit hue, shruva patakakar kaha-‘‘ygy men vighn dalanevale vashishth-putr bhasm hon, aur trishnku vishvamitr ke tapasya-bal se sadeh svarg jay.’’

trishnku svarg ki or chala, kintu, devaraj ne kaha-‘‘tishth tishth’’-trishnku adh:patit hua. vishvamitr ne kaha-‘‘ab ham nee srishti karenge, aur barbaron ko sabhy banavenge.’’ devagan chakit hue, aur unake anurodh se trishnku pun: nakshatr roop men sthit hue. vishvamitr ke nav-kalpit ek nakshatr-golak men nav-srishti se trishnku rahane lage. udhar agnyastr-roopi shrap se vashishth-putr bhasmibhoot hue.

vishvamitr aisa ugr kary karake kuchh shant hue, aur tapasya karane lage. log unhen ‘rishi’ kahane lage. vah bhi nirantar tapasya se trailoky ko kampit karane lage.

ek divas shun:sheph daud vishvamitr ke charan men lipat gaya. jigyasa karane par gyat hua ki vah maharaj harishchandr ke ygy ka ygy-pashu banakar bali diya jayaga. uddand rajarshi ko kuchh daya aee, aur vah apane shat putron men se ek ko usake pratyavartan men dene ke hetu sannaddh hue. putragan ne agya n mani. ve bhi shapit tatha nirvasit hue. bhagavanh indr prasann hue. maharaj harishchandr ko bina narabali kiye hi ygy-phal mila, aur vishvamitr ‘rajarshi’ kahalane lage. kintu, ve brahmabal-labh ki asha men phir tapasya aur nirahar-bhookhon ko annadan karane lage.

bahut dinon tak svayn nirahar rahakar ve bhookhon ko annadan karate rahe. jis din unaka vakt poorn hua aur unhonne pak banaya, bhojan ke samay men ek bhookha brahman aya. vishvamitr ne apane vrat ka kuchh bhi dhyan n kiya, aur siddhann brahman ko khila diya.

brahman ne prasann hokar kaha-‘‘maharshi, tum bade dayamay ho.’’

sau putron ko khokar, aur nirahar par bhi nirahar kar ke vishvamitr ne ‘maharshi’ pad ko prapt kiya. kintu, unhen shanti n mili. vashishth ki eeshrya se ve sada eershit rahate the, aur usi eershagni men jalit us brahmabal ki asha ne abhi unaki ek pariksha aur li.

sharvarinath ramani se poorn kalayukt krida kar rahe hain. raka prakashamayi, prabhamayi tatha anandamayi prakriti ka roop dharan kiye hue hai. bahut door par se kokil ki manohar vani kabhi shantimayi raka ki nistabdhata ko bhng kar deti hai. samiran bhi apana saral roop dharan kiye hai. patron ka marmar rav kabhi-kabhi sunaee padata hai. bhagavanh vashishth ke ashram men shanti, roopamayi hokar khel rahi hai.

devakalp vashishthaji aur unaki patni arudhanti kutir-samipasth ek shubh shila-tal par baith, kathanopakathan kar rahe hain.

arundhati-bhagavanh! aj kaisi svachchh raka hai!

vashishth-jaisa tumhara charitr.

arundhati-chandroday kaisa ujjval hai?

vashishth-jaise vishvamitr ka tap-punj.

arundhati-bhagavanh! usane to apake putron ko mar dala tha?

vashishth-chandr kya nishkalnk hai.......

abhi bhagavanh vashishthaji ke vachan poorn bhi nahin hue the ki sahasa daudata hua ek manushy akar unake charanon par gir pada, aur kahane laga-‘‘bhagavanh! ap hi is snsar men ‘brahmarshi’ kahalane ke yogy hain, log mujhe vritha hi maharshi kahate hain. main to apako marane ke vaste vyadh ki naeen chhipa hua tha, apaki amrit-vani se mere hriday ka andhakar door hua. aj gyat hua ki, brahman hone ke hetu kitani sahanashilata chahie! prabho! main ghor bhram men tha, mainne kitane pap-karm apako nicha dikhane ke hetu kie, aur brahmarshi banane ke hetu kitani hinsa ki, aj paryapt hua. aj mainne sab paya. prabho, is papi ko kya ap kshama kijiega?

vashishthaji ne pulakit hokar vishvamitr ko priyamitr banaya, aur pun: kanth se lagakar sudha-plavita vani se kaha-‘‘brahmarshi, shant hovo. param shiv tumhen kshama karenge.’’

donon brahmarshiyon ka mahasammelan gnga-jamuna ke saman pavitr-punyamay tha, brahman aur kshatriyon ke hetu vah ek chirasmaraniy sharvari thi.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


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