मंत्र -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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

pndit liladhar chaube ki jaban men jadoo tha. jis vakt vah mnch par khade ho kar apani vani ki sudhavrishti karane lagate the; shrotaon ki atmaen tript ho jati thin, logon par anurag ka nasha chha jata tha. chaubeji ke vyakhyanon men tattav to bahut kam hota tha, shabd-yojana bhi bahut sundar n hoti thi; lekin bar-bar duharane par bhi usaka asar kam n hota, balki ghan ki choton ki bhanti aur bhi prabhavotpadak ho jata tha. hamen to vishvas nahin ata, kintu sunanevale kahate hain, unhonne keval ek vyakhyan rat rakha hai. aur usi ko vah shabdash: pratyek sabha men ek naye andaj se duharaya karate hain. jatiy gaurav-gan unake vyakhyanon ka pradhan gun tha; mnch par ate hi bharat ke prachin gaurav aur poorvajon ki amar-kirti ka rag chhed kar sabhako mugdh kar dete the. yatha , 'sajjano ! hamari adhogati ki katha sun kar kisaki ankhon se ashrudhara n nikal padegi ? hamen prachin gaurav ko yad karake sndeh hone lagata hai ki ham vahi hain, ya badal gaye. jisane kal sinh se pnja liya, vah aj choohe ko dekh kar bil khoj raha hai. is patan ki bhi sima hai. door kyon jaie, maharaj chndragupt ke samay ko hi le lijie. yoonan ka suvigy itihasakar likhata hai ki us jamane men yahan dvar par tale n dale jate the, chori kahin sunane men n ati thi, vyabhichar ka nam-nishan n tha, dastavejon ka avishkar hi n hua tha, purjon par lakhon ka len-den ho jata tha, nyay pad par baithe hue karmachari makkhiyan mara karate the. sajjano ! un dinon koee adami javan n marata tha. (taliyan) han, un dinon koee adami javan n marata tha. bap ke samane bete ka avasan ho jana ek abhootapoorv , ek asnbhav , ghatana thi. aj aise kitane mata-pita hain, jinake kaleje par javan bete ka dag n ho ! vah bharat nahin raha, bharat garat ho gaya !'

yah chaube ji ki shaili thi. vah vartaman ki adhogati aur durdasha tatha bhoot ki samridhdi aur sudasha ka rag alap kar logon men jatiy svabhiman jagrat kar dete the. isi sidhdi ki badaulat unaki netaon men ganana hoti thi. visheshat: hindoo-sabha ke to vah karnadhar hi samajhe jate the. hindoo-sabha ke upasakon men koee aisa utsahi, aisa daksh, aisa niti-chatur doosara n tha. yon kahie ki sabha ke lie unhonne apana jivan hi utsarg kar diya tha. dhan to unake pas n tha, kam se kam logon ka vichar yahi tha; lekin sahas, dhairy aur buddhi jaise amooly ratn unake pas the, aur ye sabhi sabha ko arpan the. 'shudhdi' ke to mano pran hi the. hindoo-jati ka utthan aur patan, jivan aur maran unake vichar men isi prashn par avalambit tha. shuddhi ke siva ab hindoo jati ke punarjivan ka aur koee upay n tha. jati ki samast naitik, sharirik, manasik, samajik, arthik aur dharmik bimariyon ki dava isi andolan ki saphalata men maryadit thi, aur vah tan, man se isaka udyog kiya karate the. chnde vasool karane men chaube ji siddhahast the. eeshvar ne unhen vah 'gun' bata diya tha ki patthar se bhi tel nikal sakate the. knjooson ko to vah aisa ulate chhure se moodate the ki un mahashayon ko sada ke lie shiksha mil jati thi ! is vishay men pndit ji sam, dam, dnd aur bhed in charon nitiyon se kam lete the, yahan tak ki rashtr-hit ke lie daka aur chori ko bhi kshamy samajhate the.

garami ke din the. liladhar ji kisi shital parvaty pradesh ko jane ki taiyariyan kar rahe the ki sair ki sair ho jayagi, aur ban pada to kuchh chnda bhi vasool kar layenge. unako jab bhraman ki ichchha hoti, to mitron ke sath ek deputeshan ke roop men nikal khade hote; agar ek hazar rupaye vasool karake vah isaka adha sair-sapate men kharch bhi kar den, to kisi ki kya hani ? hindoo sabha ko to kuchh n kuchh mil hi jata tha. vah n udyog karate, to itana bhi to n milata ! pndit ji ne ab ki saparivar jane ka nishchay kiya tha. jab se 'shudhdi' ka avirbhav hua tha, unaki arthik dasha, jo pahale bahut shochaniy rahati thi, bahut kuchh samhal gayi thi.

lekin jati ke upasakon ka aisa saubhagy kahan ki shanti- nivas ka anand utha saken. unaka to janm hi mare-mare phirane ke lie hota hai. khabar ayi ki madras-prant men tabalig valon ne toofan macha rakha hai. hinduon ke ganv ke ganv musalaman hote jate hain. mullaon ne bade josh se tabalig ka kam shuroo kiya hai; agar hindoo-sabha ne is pravah ko rokane ki ayojana n ki, to sara prant hinduon se shoony ho jayaga , kisi shikhadhari ki soorat tak n najar ayegi. hindoo-sabha men khalabali mach gayi. turant ek vishesh adhiveshan hua aur netaon ke samane yah samasya upasthit ki gayi. bahut soch-vichar ke bad nishchay hua ki chaube ji par is kary ka bhar rakha jae. unase prarthana ki jae ki vah turnt madras chale jaeen, aur dharm-vimukh bndhuon ka uddhar karen. kahane hi ki der thi. chaube ji to hindoo-jati ki seva ke lie apane ko arpan hi kar chuke the; parvat-yatra ka vichar rok diya, aur madras jane ko taiyar ho gaye. hindoo-sabha ke mntri ne ankhon men ansoo bhar kar unase vinay ki ki maharaj, yah bida ap hi utha sakate hain. ap hi ko paramatma ne itani samarthy di hai. apake siva aisa koee doosara manushy bharatavarsh men nahin hai, jo is ghor vipatti men kam aye. jati ki din-hin dasha par daya kijie. chaube ji is prarthana ko asvikar n kar sake. phauran sevakon ki ek mndali bani aur pndit ji ke netritv men ravana huee. hindoo-sabha ne use badi dhoom se bidaee ka bhoj diya. ek udar rees ne chaube ji ko ek thaili bhent ki, aur relave-steshan par hajaron adami unhen bida karane aye. yatra ka vrittant likhane ki zaroorat nahin. har ek bade steshan par sevakon ka sammanapoorn svagat hua. kee jagah thailiyan milin. ratalam ki riyasat ne ek shamiyana bhent kiya. badauda ne ek motar di ki sevakon ko paidal chalane ka kasht n uthana pade, yahan tak ki madras pahunchate-pahunchate seva-dal ke pas ek maqool rakam ke atirikt zaroorat ki kitani chizen jama ho gayin. vahan abadi se door khule hue maidan men hindoo-sabha ka padav pada. shamiyane par rashtriy jhnda laharane laga. sevakon ne apani-apani vardiyan nikalin, sthaniy dhan-kuberon ne davat ke saman bheje, ravatiyan pad gayin. charon or aisi chahal-pahal ho gayi, mano kisi raja ka kaimp hai. rat ke ath baje the. achhooton ki ek basti ke samip, sevak-dal ka kaimp gais ke prakash se jagamaga raha tha. kee hazar adamiyon ka jamav tha, jinamen adhikansh achhoot hi the. unake lie alag tat bichha diye gaye the. oonche varn ke hindoo kalinon par baithe hue the. pndit liladhar ka dhuandhar vyakhyan ho raha tha , tum unhin rishiyon ki sntan ho, jo akash ke niche ek nayi srishti ki rachana kar sakate the ! jinake nyay, buddhi aur vichar-shakti ke samane aj sara snsar sir jhuka raha hai.

sahasa ek boodhe achhoot ne uth kar poochha , ham log bhi unhin rishiyon ki sntan hain ? liladhar , nissndeh ! tumhari dhamaniyon men bhi unhin rishiyon ka rakt daud raha hai aur yadyapi aj ka nirdayi, kathor, vicharahin aur snkuchit hindoo-samaj tumhen avahelana ki drishti se dekh raha hai; tathapi tum kisi hindoo se nich nahin ho, chahe vah apane ko kitana hi ooncha samajhata ho. boodha , tumhari sabha ham logon ki sudhi kyon nahin leti ?

liladhar , hindoo-sabha ka janm abhi thode hi din hue hua hai, aur is alpakal men usane jitane kam kiye hain, us par use abhiman ho sakata hai. hindoo-jati shatabdiyon ke bad gahari nind se chaunki hai, aur ab vah samay nikat hai, jab bharatavarsh men koee hindoo kisi hindoo ko nich n samajhega, jab ve sab ek doosare ko bhaee samajhenge. shriramachandr ne nishad ko chhati se lagaya tha, shabari ke joothe ber khaye the... boodha , ap jab inhin mahatmaon ki sntan hain, to phir oonch-nich men kyon itana bhed manate hain ? liladhar , isalie ki ham patit ho gaye hain , agyan men padakar un mahatmaon ko bhool gaye hain. boodha , ab to apaki nidra tooti hai, hamare sath bhojan karoge ?

liladhar , mujhe koee apatti nahin hai.

boodha , mere ladake se apani kanya ka vivah kijiega ?

liladhar , jab tak tumhare janm-snskar n badal jaen, jab tak tumhare ahar-vyavahar men parivartan n ho jae, ham tumase vivah ka sambandh nahin kar sakate, mans khana chhodo, madira pina chhodo, shiksha grahan karo, tabhi tum uchch-varn ke hinduon men mil sakate ho.

boodha , ham kitane hi aise kulin brahmanon ko janate hain, jo rat-din nashe men doobe rahate hain, mans ke bina kaur nahin uthate; aur kitane hi aise hain, jo ek akshar bhi nahin padhe hain; par apako unake sath bhojan karate dekhata hoon. unase vivah-smbandh karane men apako kadachith inakar n hoga. jab ap khud agyan men pade hue hain, to hamara uddhar kaise kar sakate hain ? apaka hriday abhi tak abhiman se bhara hua hai. jaie, abhi kuchh din aur apani atma ka sudhar kijie. hamara uddhar apake kiye n hoga. hindoo-samaj men rah kar hamare mathe se nichata ka kalnk n mitega. ham kitane hi vidvanh, kitane hi acharavanh ho jaen, ap hamen yon hi nich samajhate rahenge. hinduon ki atma mar gayi hai, aur usaka sthan ahnkar ne le liya hai ! ham ab devata ki sharan ja rahe hain, jinake mananevale hamase gale milane ko aj hi taiyar hain. ve yah nahin kahate ki tum apane snskar badal kar ao. ham achchhe hain ya bure, ve isi dasha men hamen apane pas bula rahe hain. ap agar oonche hain, to oonche bane rahie. hamen udana n padega. liladhar , ek rishi-sntan ke munh se aisi baten sun kar mujhe ashchary ho raha hai. varn-bhed to rishiyon hi ka kiya hua hai. use tum kaise mita sakate ho ?

boodha , rishiyon ko mat badanam kijie. yah sab pakhnd ap logon ka racha hua hai. ap kahate hain , tum madira pite ho; lekin ap madira pine valon ki jootiyan chatate hain. ap hamase mans khane ke karan ghinate hain; lekin ap go-mans khanevalon ke samane nak ragadate hain. isalie n ki ve ap se balavanh hain ! ham bhi aj raja ho jaen, to ap hamare samane hath bandh khade honge. apake dharm men vahi ooncha hai, jo balavanh hai; vahi nich hai, jo nirbal hai. yahi apaka dharm hai ? yah kah kar boodha vahan se chala gaya aur usake sath hi aur log bhi uth khade hue. keval chaube ji aur unake dalavale mnch par rah gaye, mano mnchagan samapt ho jane ke bad usaki pratidhavani vayu men goonj rahi ho. tabaligavalon ne jab se chaube ji ke ane ki khabar suni thi, is fikr men the ki kisi upay se in sabako yahan se door karana chahie. chaube ji ka nam door-door tak prasiddh tha. janate the, yah yahan jam gaya, to hamari sari ki-karayi mehanat vyarth ho jayagi. isake qadam yahan jamane n payen. mullaon ne upay sochana shuroo kiya. bahut vad-vivad, hujjat aur dalil ke bad nishchay hua ki is kaphir ko katl kar diya jae. aisa sava lootane ke lie adamiyon ki kya kami ? usake lie to jannat ka daravaza khul jayaga, hooren usaki balaen lengi, pharishte usake kadamon ki khaq ka surama banayenge, rasool usake sar par barakat ka hath rakhenge, khudaband-karim use sine s lagaenge aur kahenge, too mera pyara dost hai. do hatte - katte javanon ne turant bida utha liya.

rat ke das baj gaye the. hindoo-sabha ke kainp men sannata tha. keval chaube ji apani ravati men baithe hindoo-sabha ke mntri ko patr likh rahe the , yahan sabase badi avashyakata dhan ki hai. rupaya, rupaya, rupaya ! jitana bhej saken, bhejie. deputeshan bhej kar vasool kijie, mote mahajanon ki jeb tatolie, bhiksha mangie. bina dhan ke in abhagon ka uddhar n hoga. jab tak koee pathashala n khule, koee chikitsalay n sthapit ho, koee vachanalay n ho, inhen kaise vishvas ayega ki hindoo-sabha unaki hitachintak hai. tabaligavale jitana kharch kar rahe hain, usaka adha bhi mujhe mil jae, to hindoo-dharm ki pataka phaharane lage. keval vyakhyanon se kam n chalega. asison se koee jinda nahin rahata. sahasa kisi ki ahat pa kar vah chaunk pade. ankhen oopar uthayin to dekha, do adami samane khade hain. pndit ji ne shnkit ho kar poochha , tum

kaun ho ? kya kam hai ?

uttar mila , ham ijaraeel ke pharishte hain. tumhari rooh kabj karane aye hain. ijaraeel ne tumhen yad kiya hai.

pndit ji yon bahut hi balishth purush the, un donon ko ek dhakke men gira sakate the. prat:kal tin pav mohanabhog aur do ser doodh ka nashta karate the. dopahar ke samay pav bhar ghi dal men khate, tisare pahar doodhiya bhng chhanate, jisamen ser bhar malaee aur adha ser badam mili rahati. rat ko dat kar byaloo karate; kyonki prat:kal tak phir kuchh n khate the. is par turra yah ki paidal pag bhar bhi n chalate the ! palaki mile, to poochhana hi kya, jaise ghar par palng uda ja raha ho. kuchh n ho, to ikka to tha hi; yadyapi kashi men hi do hi char ikkevale aise the jo unhen dekh kar kah n den ki 'ikka khali nahin hai.' aisa manushy narm akhade men pat pad kar ooparavale pahalavan ko thaka sakata tha, chusti aur phurti ke avasar par to vah ret par nikala hua kachhua tha. pndit ji ne ek bar kanakhiyon se daravaze ki taraph dekha. bhagane ka koee mauqa n tha. tab unamen sahas ka snchar hua. bhay ki parakashtha hi sahas hai. apane sonte ki taraph hath badhaya aur garaj kar bole , nikal jao yahan se !

bat munh se poori n nikali thi ki lathiyon ka var pada. pndit ji moorchchhit ho kar gir pade. shatruon ne samip a kar dekha, jivan ka koee lakshan n tha. samajh gaye, kam tamam ho gaya. lootane ka vichar n tha; par jab koee poochhanevala n ho, to hath badhane men kya harj ? jo kuchh hath laga, le-de kar chalate bane.

prat:kal boodha bhi udhar se nikala, to sannata chhaya hua tha, n adami, n adamajad. chhauladariyan bhi gayab ! chakaraya, yah majara kya hai ? rat hi bhar men aladin ke mahal ki tarah sab kuchh gayab ho gaya. un mahatmaon men se ek bhi najar nahin ata, jo prat:kal mohanabhog udate aur sndhya samay bhng ghotate dikhayi dete the. jara aur samip ja kar pndit liladhar ki ravati men jhanka, to kaleja sann se ho gaya ! pndit ji zamin par murde ki tarah pade hue the. munh par makkhiyan bhinak rahi thin. sir ke balon men rakt aisa jam gaya tha, jaise kisi chitrakar ke brash men rng. sare kapade lahooluhan ho rahe the. samajh gaya, pndit ji ke sathiyon ne unhen mar kar apani rah li. sahasa pndit ji ke munh se karahane ki avaz nikali. abhi jan baki thi. boodha turant dauda hua ganv men a gaya aur kee adamiyon ko lakar pndit ji ko apane ghar uthava le gaya. maraham-patti hone lagi. boodha din ke din aur rat ki rat pndit ji ke pas baitha rahata. usake gharavale unaki shushroosha men lage rahate. ganv vale bhi yathashakti sahayata karate. is bechare ka yahan kaun apana baitha hua hai ? apane hain to ham, begane hain to ham. hamare hi uddhar ke lie to bechara yahan aya tha, nahin to yahan use kyon ana tha ? kee bar pndit ji apane ghar par bimar pad chuke the, par unake gharavalon ne itani tanmayata se unaki timaradari n ki thi. sara ghar, aur ghar hi nahin; sara ganv unaka gulam bana hua tha. atithi-seva unake dharm ka ek ang tha. sabhy-svarth ne abhi us bhav ka gala nahin ghonta tha. sanp ka mntr jananevala dehati ab bhi magh-poos ki andhori meghachchhann ratri men mntr jhadane ke lie das-panch kos paidal daudata hua chala jata hai. use dabal phis aur savari ki zaroorat nahin hoti. boodha mal-mootra tak apane hathon utha kar phenkata, pndit ji ki ghudakiyan sunata, sare ganv se doodh mang kar unhen pilata. par usaki tyoriyan

kabhi maili n hotin. agar usake kahin chale jane par gharavale laparavahi karate to a kar sabako daautata.

mahine bhar ke bad pndit ji chalane-phirane lage aur ab unhen gyat hua ki in logon ne mere sath kitana upakar kiya hai. inhin logon ka kam tha ki mujhe maut ke munh se nikala, nahin to marane men kya kasar rah gayi thi ? unhen anubhav hua ki main jin logon ko nich samajhata tha, aur jinake uddhar ka bida utha kar aya tha ve mujhase kahin oonche hain. main is paristhiti men kadachith rogi ko kisi aspatal men bhej kar hi apani karttavy -nishtha par garv karata; samajhata mainne dadhichi aur harishchandr ka mukh ujjval kar diya. unake roen-roen se in dev-tuly praniyon ke prati ashirvad nikalane laga. tin mahine gujar gaye. n to hindoo-sabha ne pndit ji ki khabar li aur n gharavalon ne. sabha ke mukh-patr men unaki mrityu par ansoo bahaye gaye, unake kamon ki prashnsa ki gayi, aur unaka smarak banane ke lie chanda khol diya gaya. gharavale bhi ro-pit kar baith rahe. udhar pndit ji doodh aur ghi kha kar chauk-chaubnd ho gaye. chehare par khoon ki surkhi daud gayi, deh bhar ayi. dehat ke jalavayu ne vah kam kar dikhaya jo kabhi malaee aur makkhan se n hua tha. pahale ki tarah taiyar to vah n hue; par phurti aur chusti duguni ho gayi. motaee ka alasy ab nam ko bhi n tha. unamen ek naye jivan ka snchar ho gaya.

jada shuroo ho gaya tha. pndit ji ghar lautane ki taiyariyan kar rahe the. itane men pleg ka akraman hua, aur ganv ke tin adami bimar ho gaye. boodha chaudhari bhi unhin men tha. gharavale in rogiyon ko chhodakar bhag khade hue. vahan ka dastoor tha ki jin bimariyon ko ve log devi ka kop samajhate the, unake rogiyon ko chhod kar chale jate the. unhen bachana devataon vair mol lena tha, aur devataon se vair kar ke kahan jate ? jis prani ko devata ne chun liya, use bhala ve usake hathon se chhinane ka sahas kaise karate ? pndit ji ko bhi logon ne sath le jana chaha; kintu pndit ji n gaye. unhonne ganv men rah kar rogiyon ki raksha karane ka nishchay kiya. jis prani ne unhen maut ke pnje se chhudaya tha; use is dasha men chhodakar vah kaise jate ? upakar ne unaki atma ko jaga diya tha. boodhe chaudhari ne tisare din hosh ane par jab unhen apane pas khade dekha, to bola , maharaj, tum yahan kyon a gaye ? mere lie devataon ka hukm a gaya hai. ab main kisi tarah nahin ruk sakata. tum kyon apani jan jokhim men dalate ho ? mujh par daya karo, chale jao. lekin pndit ji par koee asar n hua. vah bari-bari se tinon rogiyon ke pas jate aur kabhi unaki giltiyan senkate, kabhi unhen puranon ki kathaen sunate. gharon men naj, baratan adi sab jyon ke tyon rakhe hue the. pndit ji pathy bana kar rogiyon ko khilate. rat ko jab rogi so jate aur sara ganv bhany-bhany karane lagata to pndit ji ko bhaynkar jntu dikhayi dete. unake kaleje men dhadakan hone lagati; lekin vahan se talane ka nam n lete. unhonne nishchay kar liya tha ki ya to in logon ko bacha hi loonga ya in par apane ko balidan hi kar doonga. jab tin din senk-bandh karane par bhi rogiyon ki halat n snbhali, to pndit ji ko badi chinta huee. shahar vahan se bis mil par tha. rel ka kahin pata nahin, rasta bihad aur savari koee nahin. idhar yah bhay ki akele rogiyon ki n jane kya dasha ho. bechare bade snkat men pade. ant ko chauthe din, pahar rat rahe, vah akele shahar ko chal diye aur das bajate-bajate vahan ja pahunche. aspatal se dava lene men badi kathinaee ka samana karana pada. gnvaron se aspatalavale davaon ka manamana dam vasool karate the. pndit ji ko muft kyon dene lage ? daktar ne munshi se kaha , dava taiyar nahin hai. pndit ji ne gidagida kar kaha , sarakar, badi door se aya hoon. kee adami bimar pade hain. dava n milegi, to sab mar jaenge.

munshi ne bigad kar kaha , kyon sir khaye jate ho ? kah to diya, dava taiyar nahin hai, n to itani jaldi ho hi sakati hai. pndit ji atynt dinabhav se bole , sarakar, brahman hoon; apake bal-bachchon ko bhagavan chirnjivi karen, daya kijie. apaka akabal chamakata rahe.

rishvati karmachari men daya kahan ? ve to rupaye ke gulam hain. jyon-jyon pndit ji usaki khushamad karate the, vah aur bhi jhallata tha. apane jivan men pndit ji ne kabhi itani dinata n prakat ki thi. unake pas is vakt ek dhela bhi n tha; agar vah janate ki dava milane men itani dikkat hogi, to ganvavalon se hi kuchh mang-janch kar laye hote. bechare hatabuddhi-se khade soch rahe the ki ab kya karana chahie ? sahasa daktar sahab svayn bngale se nikal aye. pndit ji lapak kar unake pairon par gir pade aur karun svar men bole , dinabndhu, mere ghar ke tin adami taoon men pade hue hain. bada garib hoon, sarakar, koee dava mile. daktar sahab ke pas aise garib log nity aya karate the. unake charan par kisi ka gir padana, unake samane pade huerh attanad karana, unake lie kuchh nayi baten n thin. agar is tarah vah daya karane lagate to dava hi bhar ko hote; yah that-bat kahan se nibhata ? magar dil ke chahe kitane hi bure hon, baten mithi-mithi karate the. pair hata kar bole , rogi kahan hai ?

pndit ji – sarakar, ve to ghar par hain. itani door kaise lata ?

daktar –rogi ghar, aur tum dava lene aya ho ? kitane maje ki bat

hai ! rogi ko dekhe bina kaise dava de sakata hai ?

pndit ji ko apani bhool maloom huee. vastav men bina rogi ko dekhe rog ki pahachan kaise ho sakati hai; lekin tin-tin rogiyon ko itani door lana asan n tha. agar ganvavale unaki sahayata karate to doliyon ka prabndh ho sakata tha; par vahan to sab kuchh apane hi boote par karana tha, ganvavalon se isamen sahayata milane ki koee asha n thi. sahayata ki kaun kahe, ve to unake shatru ho rahe the. unhen bhay hota tha ki yah dusht devataon se vair badha kar ham logon par n-jane kya vipatti layega. agar koee doosara adami hota, to vah use kab ka mar chuke hote. pndit ji se unhen prem ho gaya tha, isalie chhod diya tha. yah javab sun kar pndit ji ko kuchh bolane ka sahas to n tha; par kaleja mazaboot karake bole , sarakar, ab kuchh nahin ho sakata ?

daktar –aspatal se dava nahin mil sakati. ham apane pas se, dam

lekar dava de sakate hain.

pndit ji –yah dava kitane ki hogi, sarakar.

daktar sahab ne dava ka dam 10 ru. batalaya, aur yah bhi kaha ki is dava se jitana labh hoga, utana aspatal ki dava se nahin ho sakata. bole , vahan purani davaee rakha rahata hai. garib log ata hai; davaee le jata hai; jisako jina hota hai, jita hai; jise marana hota hai, marata hai; hamase kuchh matalab nahin. ham tumako jo dava dega, vah sachcha dava hoga. das rupaye ! , is samay pndit ji ko das rupaye das lakh jan pade.

itane rupaye vah ek din men bhng booti men uda diya karate the; par is samay to dhole-dhole ko muhataj the. kisi se udhar milane ki asha kahan. han, sambhav hai, bhiksha mangane se kuchh mil jae; lekin itani jald das rupaye kisi bhi upay se n mil sakate the. adho ghnte tak vah isi udhedabun men khade rahe. bhiksha ke siva doosara koee upay n soojhata tha, aur bhiksha unhonne kabhi mangi n thi. vah chnde jama kar chuke the, ek-ek bar men hajaron vasool kar lete the; par vah doosari bat thi. dharm ke rakshak, jati ke sevak aur daliton ke uddharak ban kar chnda lene men ek gaurav tha, chnda lekar vah denevalon par ehasan karate the; par yahan to bhikhariyon ki tarah hath phailana, gidagidana aur phatakaren sahani padengi. koee kahega , itane mote-taje to ho, mihanat kyon nahin karate, tumhen bhikh mangate sharm bhi nahin ati ? koee kahega , ghas khod lao, main tumhen achchhi mazadoori doonga. kisi ko unake brahman hone ka vishvas n ayega. agar yahan unaka reshami achakan aur reshami safa hota, kesariya rngavala dupatta hi mil jata, to vah koee svang bhar lete. jyotishi ban kar vah kisi dhani seth ko phans sakate the, aur is phan men vah ustad bhi the; par yahan vah saman kahan , kapade-latto to sab kuchh lut chuke the. vipatti men kadachith buddhi bhi bhrasht ho jati hai. agar vah maidan men khade hokar koee manohar vyakhyan de dete, to shayad unake das-panch bhakt paida ho jate, lekin is taraph unaka dhyan hi n gaya. vah saje hue pndal men, phoolon se susajjit mej ke samane, mnch par khade ho kar apani vani ka chamatkar dikhala sakate the. is duravastha men kaun unaka vyakhyan sunega. log samajhenge, koee pagal bak raha hai. magar dopahar dhali ja rahi thi, adhik soch-vichar ka avakash n tha. yahin sndhya ho gayi, to rat ko lautana asambhav ho jayaga. phir rogiyon ki n jane kya dasha ho. vah ab is anishchit dasha men khade n rah sake, chahe jitana tiraskar ho, kitana hi apaman sahana pade, bhiksha ke siva aur koee upay n tha. vah bazar men jakar ek dookan ke samane khade ho gaye; par kuchh mangane ki himmat n padi !

dookanadar ne poochha , kya loge ?

pndit ji bole , chaval ka kya bhav hai ?

magar doosari dookan par pahunch kar vah zyada savadhan ho gaye. seth ji gaddi par baithe hue the. pndit ji a kar unake samane khade ho gaye aur gita ka ek shlok padh sunaya. unaka shuddh uchcharan aur madhur vani sun kar seth ji chakit ho gaye, poochha , kahan sthan hai ?

pndit ji –kashi se a raha hoon.

yah kah kar pndit ji ne seth ji ko dharm ke dason lakshan batalaye aur shlok ki aisi achchhi vyakhya ki ki vah mugdh ho gaye. bole , maharaj, aj chal kar mere sthan ko pavitr kijie. koee svarthi adami hota, to is prastav ko saharsh svikar kar leta; lekin pndit ji ko lautane ki padi thi. bole , nahin seth ji, mujhe avakash nahin hai.

seth–maharaj, apako hamari itani khatiri karani padegi.

pndit ji jab kisi tarah thaharane par raji n hue, to seth ji ne udas hokar kaha , phir ham apaki kya seva karen ? kuchh agya dijie. apaki vani se to tripti nahin huee. phir kabhi idhar ana ho, to avashy darshan dijiega.

pndit ji –apaki itani shrriddha hai to avashy aoonga.

yah kah kar pndit ji phir uth khade hue. snkoch ne phir unaki jaban bnd kar di. yah adar-satkar isilie to hai ki main apana svarth-bhav chhipaye hue hoon. koee ichchha prakat ki aur inaki ankhen badalin. sookha javab chahe n mile; par shrriddha n rahegi. vah niche utar gaye aur sadak par ek kshan ke lie khade ho kar sochane lage , ab kahan jaoon ? udhar jade ka din kisi vilasi ke dhan ki bhanti bhaga chala jata tha. vah apane hi oopar jhunjhala rahe the , jab kisi se mangoonga nahin, to koee kyon dene laga ? koee kya mere man ka hal janata hai ? ve din gaye, jab dhani log brahmanon ki pooja kiya karate the. yah asha chhod do ki koee mahashay a kar tumhare hath men rupaye rakh denge. vah dhire-dhire age badhe. sahasa seth ji ne pichhe se pukara , pndit ji, jara thaharie.

pndit ji thahar gaye. phir ghar chalane ke lie agrah karane ata hoga. yah to n hua ki ek rupaye ka not la kar deta, mujhe ghar le jakar n jane kya karega ? magar jab seth ji ne sachamuch ek gini nikal kar unake pairon par rakh di; to unaki ankhon men ehasan ke ansoo chhalak aye. hain ! ab bhi sachche dharmatma jiv snsar men hain, nahin to yah prithvi rasatal ko n chali jati ? agar is vakt unhen seth ji ke kalyan ke lie apani deh ka ser-adha ser rakt bhi dena padata, to bhi shauq se de dete. gadgad knth se bole , isaka to kuchh kam n tha, seth ji ! main bhikshuk nahin hoon, apaka sevak hoon.

seth ji shrriddha-vinayapoorn shabdon men bole , bhagavanh, ise svikar kijie. yah dan nahin, bhent hai. main bhi adami pahachanata hoon. bahutere sadhu-snt, yogi-yati desh aur dharm ke sevak ate rahate hain; par n jane kyon kisi ke prati mere man men shrriddha nahin utpann hoti ? unase kisi tarah pind chhudane ki pad jati hai. apaka snkoch dekh kar main samajh gaya ki apaka yah pesha nahin hai. ap vidvanh hain, dharmatma hain; par kisi snkat men pade hue hain. is tuchchh bhent ko svikar kijie aur mujhe ashirvad dijie.

pndit ji davaen lekar ghar chale, to harsh, ullas aur vijay se unaka hriday uchhala padata tha. hanuman ji bhi snjivan-booti la kar itane prasann n hue honge. aisa sachcha annd unhen kabhi prapt n hua tha. unake hriday men itane pavitr bhavon ka snchar kabhi n hua tha.

din bahut thoda rah gaya tha. sooryadev aviral gati se pashchim ki or daudate chale jate the. kya unhen bhi kisi rogi ko dava deni thi ? vah bade veg se daudate hue parvat ki ot men chhip gaye. pndit ji aur bhi phurti se panv badhane lage, mano unhonne sooryadev ko pakad lene ki thani hai. dekhate-dekhate andhera chha gaya. akash men do-ek tare dikhayi dene lage. abhi das mil ki mnzil baki thi. jis tarah kali ghata ko sir par mndarate dekh kar grihini daud-daud kar sukhavan sametane lagati hai, usi bhanti liladhar ne bhi daudana shuroo kiya. unhen akele pad jane ka bhay n tha, bhay tha andhore men rah bhool jane ka. dayen-bayen bastiyan chhootati jati thin.

pndit ji ko ye ganv is samay bahut hi suhavane maloom hote the. kitane annd se log alav ke samane baithe tap rahe hain ? sahasa unhen ek kutta dikhayi diya. n-jane kidhar se a kar vah unake samane pagadndi par chalane laga. pndit ji chaunk pade; par ek kshan men unhonne kutte ko pahachan liya. vah boodhe chaudhari ka kutta moti tha. vah ganv chhod kar aj idhar itani door kaise a nikala ? kya vah janata hai ? pndit ji dava le kar a rahe honge, kahin rasta bhool jaen ? kaun janata hai ? pndit ji ne ek bar moti kah kar pukara, to kutte ne dum hilayi; par ruka nahin. vah isase adhik parichay de kar samay nasht n karana chahata tha. pndit ji ko gyat hua ki eeshvar mere sath hai, vahi meri raksha kar rahe hain. ab unhen kushal se ghar pahunchane ka vishvas ho gaya. das bajate-bajate pndit ji ghar pahunch gaye.

rog ghatak n tha; par yash pndit ji ko bada tha. ek saptah ke bad tinon rogi chnge ho gaye. pndit ji ki kirti door-door tak phail gayi. unhonne yam-devata se ghor sngram karake in adamiyon ko bacha liya tha. unhonne devataon par bhi vijay pa li thi , asambhav ko sambhav kar dikhaya tha. vah sakshath bhagavanh the. unake darshanon ke lie log door-door se ane lage; kintu pndit ji ko apani kirti se itana anand n hota tha, jitana rogiyon ko chalate-phirate dekh kar.

chaudhari ne kaha , maharaj, tum sakshath bhagavanh ho. tum n a jate, to ham n bachate.

pndit ji bole , mainne kuchh nahin kiya. yah sab eeshvar ki daya hai.

chaudhari - ab ham tumhen kabhi n jane denge. ja kar apane bal-bachchon ko bhi le ao.

pndit ji –han, main bhi yahi soch raha hoon. tumako chhod kar ab nahin ja sakata.

mullaon ne maidan khali pa kar as-pas ke dehaton men khoob zor bandh rakha tha. ganv ke ganv musalaman hote jate the. udhar hindoo-sabha ne sannata khinch liya tha. kisi ki himmat n padati thi ki idhar aye. log door baithe hue musalamanon par gola-barood chala rahe the. is hatya ka badala kaise liya jae, yahi unake samane sabase badi samasya thi. adhikariyon ke pas bar-bar prarthana-patr bheje ja rahe the ki is mamale ki chhanabin ki jae aur bar-bar yahi javab milata tha ki hatyakariyon ka pata nahin chalata. udhar pndit ji ke smarak ke lie chnda bhi jama kiya ja raha tha. magar is nayi jyoti ne mullaon ka rng phika kar diya. vahan ek aise devata ka avatar hua tha, jo murdon ko zila deta tha, jo apane bhakton ke kalyan ke lie apane pranon ka balidan kar sakata tha. mullaon ke yahan yah sidhdi kahan, yah vibhooti kahan, yah chamatkar kahan ? is jvalnt upakar ke samane jannat aur akhoobat (bhatri-bhav) ki kori dalilen kab thahar sakati thin ? pndit ji ab vah apane brahmanatv par ghamnd karanevale pndit ji n the. unhonne shoodron aur bhilon ka adar karana sikh liya tha. unhen chhati se lagate hue ab pndit ji ko ghrina n hoti thi. apana ghar andhera pa kar hi ye isalami dipak ki or jhuke the. jab apane ghar men soory ka prakash ho gaya, to unhen doosaron ke yahan jane ki kya zaroorat thi. sanatan-dharm ki vijay ho gayi. ganv-ganv men mntr banane lage aur sham-sabere mandiron se shnkh aur ghnte ki dhavani sunayi dene lagi. logon ke acharan ap hi ap sudharane lage. pndit ji ne kisi ko shuddh nahin kiya. unhen ab shuddhi ka nam lete sharm ati thi , main bhala inhen kya shuddh karoonga, pahale apane ko to shuddh kar loon. aisi nirmal evn pavitr atmaon ko shuddhike dhong se apamanit nahin kar sakata.

yah mntr tha, jo unhonne un chandalon se sikha tha aur isi bal se vah apane dharm ki raksha karane men saphal hue the. pndit ji abhi jivit hain; par ab saparivar usi prant men, unhin bhilon ke sath rahate hain.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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