सती -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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muliya ko dekhate hue usaka pati kalloo kuchh bhi nahin hai. phir kya karan hai ki muliya sntusht aur prasann hai aur kalloo chintit aur sashnkit ? muliya ko kaudi mili hai, use doosara kaun poochhega ? kalloo ko ratn mila hai, usake saikadon grahak ho sakate hain. khasakar use apane chachere bhaee raja se bahut khataka rahata hai. raja roopavan hai, rasik hai, batachit men kushal hai, striyon ko rijhana janata hai. isase kalloo muliya ko bahar nahin nikalane deta. us par kisi ki nigah bhi pad jay, yah use asahy hai. vah ab rat-din mehanat karata hai, jisase muliya ko kisi bat ka kasht n ho. use n jane kis poorv-janm ke snskar se aisi stri mil gayi hai. us par pranon ko nyochhavar kar dena chahata hai. muliya ka kabhi sir bhi dukhata hai, to usaki jan nikal jati hai. muliya ka bhi yah hal hai ki jab tak vah ghar nahin ata, machhali ki bhanti tadapati rahati hai. ganv men kitane hi yuvak hain, jo muliya se chhedachhad karate rahate hain; par us yuvati ki drishti men kuroop kalua snsar-bhar ke adamiyon se achchha hai. ek din raja ne kaha, 'bhabhi, bhaiya tumhare jog n the. ' muliya boli, 'bhag men to vah likhe the; tum kaise milate ? '

raja ne man men samajha, 'bas, ab mar liya hai. bola, 'vidhi ne yahi to bhool ki. '

muliya muskarakar boli, 'apani bhool to vahi sudharega. raja nihal ho gaya. '

tij ke din kalloo muliya ke lie latthe ki sadi laya. chahata to tha koee achchhi sadi le; par rupaye n the aur bajaj ne udhar n mana.

raja bhi usi din apane bhagy ki pariksha karana chahata tha. ek sundar chundari lakar muliya ko bhent ki.

muliya ne kaha, 'mere lie to sadi a gayi hai. '

raja bola, 'mainne dekhi hai. tabhi to main ise laya. tumhare layaq nahin hai. bhaiya ko kiphayat bhi soojhati hai, to aisi baton men. '

muliya kataksh karake boli, 'tum samajha kyon nahin dete ? '

raja par ek kulhad ka nasha chadh gaya. bola, 'boodha tota nahin padhata hai. '

muliya —‘mujhe to latthe ki sadi hi pasand hai. '

raja —‘zara yah chundari pahanakar dekho, kaisi khilati hai. '

muliya —‘zo lattha pahanakar khush hota hai, vah chundari pahan lene se khush n hoga. unhen chundari pasand hoti, to chundari hi late. '

raja —‘unhen dikhane ka kam nahin hai ? '

muliya vismay se boli, 'main kya unase bina poochhe le loongi ? '

raja—‘isamen poochhane ki kaun-si bat hai. jab vah kam par chala jay,pahan lena. main bhi dekh loonga.‘

muliya thattha marakar hnsati huee boli, 'yah n hoga, devaraji. kahin dekh len, to meri samat hi a jay. ise tum liye jao. '

raja ne agrah karake kaha, 'ise n logi bhabhi, to main zahar khake so rahoonga. '

muliya ne sadi uthakar ale par rakh di aur boli, 'achchha lo, ab to khush hue. '

raja ne ungali pakadi 'abhi to bhaiya nahin hain, jara pahan lo. '

muliya ne andar jakar chundari pahan li aur phool ki tarah mahakati-damakati bahar ayi.

raja ne pahuncha pakadane ko hath phailaya bola, 'aisa ji chahata hai ki tumhen lekar bhag jaoon. '

muliya usi vinod-bhav se boli, 'zanate ho, tumhare bhaiya ka kya hal hoga ? '


yah kahate hue usane kivad band kar liye. raja ko aisa maloom hua ki thali parosakar usake samane se utha li gayi. muliya ka man bar-bar karata tha ki chundari kalloo ko dikha de; par natija sochakar rah jati thi. usane chundari rakh kyon li ? use apane oopar krodh a raha tha, lekin raja ko kitana du:kh hota. kya hua usaki chundari chhan-bhar pahan lene se, usaka man to rah gaya. lekin usake prashant manas-sagar men yah ek kit akar use math raha tha. usane kyon chundari rakh li ? kya yah kalloo ke sath vishvasaghat nahin hai ? usaka chitt is vichar se vikal ho gaya. usane man ko samajhaya, vishvasaghat kyon hua; isamen vishvasaghat ki kya bat hai. kaun vah raja se kuchh boli, ? jara-sa hns dene se agar kisi ka dil khush ho jata

hai, to isamen kya buraee hai ?

kalloo ne poochha, 'aj rajjoo kya karane aya tha ? '

muliya ki deh thar-thar kanpane lagi. bahana kar gayi, 'tamakhoo mangane aye the.'

kalloo ne bhaven sikodakar kaha, 'use andar mat ane diya karo. achchha adami nahin hai.'

muliya—‘ mainne kah diya tamakhoo nahin hai, to chale gaye.'

kalloo ne abaki tejasvita ke sath kaha, 'kyon jhooth bolati hai ? vah tamakhoo mangane nahin aya tha.'

muliya –‘to aur yahan kya karane ate ?

kalloo –‘chahe jis kam se aya ho, tamakhoo mangane nahin aya. vah janata tha, mere ghar men tamakhoo nahin hai. main tamakhoo ke lie usake ghar gaya tha.'

muliya ki deh men kato to lahoo nahin. chehare ka rng ud gaya. sir jhukakar boli, 'main kisi ke man ka hal kya janoon ? '

aj tij ka ratajaga tha. muliya pooja ka saman kar rahi thi; par is tarah jaise man men jara bhi utsah, jara bhi shrriddha nahin hai. use aisa maloom ho raha hai, usake mukh men kalima put gayi hai aur ab vah kalloo ki ankhon se gir gayi hai. use apana jivan niradhar-sa jan padata tha. sochane lagi bhagavanh ne mujhe yah roop kyon diya ? yah roop n hota to raja kyon mere pichhe padata aur kyon aj meri yah gat hoti ? main kali-kuroop rahakar isase kahin sukhi rahati. tab to man itana chnchal n hota. jinhen roop ki kamaee khani ho, vah roop par phoolen, yahan to isane matiyamet kar diya.

n jane kab use jhapaki a gayi, to dekhati hai, kalloo mar gaya hai aur raja ghar men ghusakar use pakadana chahata hai. usi dam ek vriddha stri n jane kidhar se akar use apani god men le leti hai aur kahati hai toone

kalloo ko kyon mar dala ? muliya rokar kahati hai mata, mainne unhen nahin mara. vriddha kahati hai han, toone chhuri-katar se nahin mara, us din tera tap chhin ho gaya aur isi se vah mar gaya.

muliya ne chaukanni ankhen khol din. samane angan men kalloo soya hua tha. vah daudi huee usake pas gayi aur usaki chhati par sir rakhakar phoot-phootakar rone lagi.

kalloo ne ghabadakar poochha, 'qaun hai ? muliya ! kyon roti ho ? kya dar lag raha hai. main to jag hi raha hoon.'

muliya ne sisakate hue kaha, 'mujhase aj ek aparadh hua hai. use kshama kar do.'

kalloo uth baitha, 'kya bat hai ? kaho to, roti kyon ho ? '

muliya –‘raja tamakhoo mangane nahin aya tha. mainne tumase jhooth kaha tha.'

kalloo hnsakar bola, 'vah to main pahale hi samajh gaya tha.'

muliya –‘vah mere lie chundari laya tha.'

'tumane lauta di ?'

muliya kanpati huee boli, 'mainne le li. kahate the, main zahar-mahur kha loonga.'

kalloo nirjiv ki bhanti khat par gir pada aur bola, 'to roop mere bas ka nahin hai. dev ne kuroop bana diya, to sundar kaise ban jaoon ? '

kalloo ne agar muliya ko khaulate hue tel men dal diya hota, to bhi use itani pida n hoti. kalloo us din se kuchh khoya-khoya-sa rahane laga. jivan men n vah utsah raha, n vah annd. hnsana-bolana bhool-sa gaya. muliya ne usake sath jitana vishvasaghat kiya tha, usase kahin zyada usane samajh liya. aur yah bhram usake hriday men kevade ke saman chipat gaya. vah ghar ab usake lie keval letane-baithane ka sthan tha aur muliya keval bhojan bana denevali mashin. anand ke lie vah kabhi-kabhi tadikhane chala jata, ya charas ke dam lagata. muliya usaki dasha dekh-dekh andar-hi-andar kudhati thi. vah us bat

ko usake di se nikal dena chahati thi, isalie usaki seva aur man laga kar karati. use prasann karane ke lie bar-bar prayatn karati; par vah jitana hi usako khinchane ki cheshta karati thi, utana hi vah usase vichalata

tha, jaise koee katiye men phasi huee machhali ho. kushal yah tha ki raja jis angrez ke yahan khanasama tha, usaka tabadala ho gaya aur raja usake sath chala gaya tha, nahin to donon bhaiyon men se kisi-n-kisi ka zaroor khoon ho jata. is tarah sal-bhar bit gaya.

ek din kalloo rat ko ghar lauta, to use jvar tha. doosare din usaki deh men dane nikal aye. muliya ne samajha, mata hain. man-manauti karane lagi; magar char-panch din men hi dane badhakar avale pad gaye aur maloom hua ki yah mata nahin hain; upadnsh hai. kalloo ke kalushit bhog-vilas ka yah phal tha.

rog itani bhaynkarata se badhane laga ki avalon men mavad pad gaya aur unamen se aisi durgandh udane lagi ki pas baithate nak phatati thi. dehat men jis prakar ka upachar ho sakata tha, vah muliya karati thi; par koee labh n hota tha aur kalloo ki dasha din-din bigadati jati thi. upachar ki kasar vah abala apani snehamay seva se poori karati thi. us par grihasthi chalane ke lie ab mehanat-majoori bhi karani padati thi. kalloo to apane kiye ka phal bhog raha tha. muliya apane kartavy ka palan karane men mari ja rahi thi. agar kuchh santosh tha, to yah kalloo ka bhram usaki is tapasya se bhng hota jata tha. use ab vishvas hone laga tha ki muliya ab bhi usi ki hai. vah agar kisi tarah achchha ho jata, to phir use dil men chhipakar rakhata aur usaki pooja karata.

prat:kal tha. muliya ne kalloo ka hath-munh dhulakar dava pilayi aur khadi pnkha dula rahi thi ki kalloo ne ansoo-bhari ankhon se dekhakar kaha, 'muliya, mainne us janm men koee bhari tap kiya tha ki too mujhe mil

gayi. tumhari jagah mujhe duniya ka raj mile to bhi n loon.'

muliya ne donon hathon se usaka munh band kar diya aur boli, 'is tarah ki baten karoge, to main rone lagoongi. mere dhany bhag ki tum-jaisa svami mila.' yah kahate hue usane donon hath pati ke gale men dal diye aur lipat gayi. phir boli, 'bhagavanh ne mujhe mere papon ka dnd diya hai.'

kalloo ne utsukata se poochha, 'sach kah do moola, raja aur tumamen kya mamala tha ?

muliya ne vismit hokar kaha, 'mere aur usake bich koee aur mamala hua ho, to bhagavanh meri durgati karen. usane mujhe chundari di thi. vah mainne le li thi ! phir mainne use ag men jala diya. tab se main usase nahin boli.'

kalloo ne thndi sans khinchakar kaha, 'mainne kuchh aur hi samajh rakha tha. n-jane meri mati kahan har gayi thi. tumhen pap lagakar main ap pap men phas gaya aur usaka phal bhog raha hoon.'

usane ro-rokar apane dushkrityon ka parada kholana shuroo kiya aur muliya ansoo ki ladiyan bahakar sunane lagi. agar pati ki chinta n hoti, to usane vish kha liya hota.


kee mahine ke bad raja chhutti lekar ghar aya aur kalloo ki ghatak bimari ka hal suna, to dil men khush hua; timaradari ke bahane se kalloo ke ghar ane-jane laga. kalloo use dekhakar munh pher leta, lekin vah din men do-char bar pahunch hi jata.

ek din muliya khana paka rahi thi ki raja ne rasoee ke dvar par akar kaha, 'bhabhi, kyon ab bhi mujh par daya n karogi ? kitani beraham ho tum ! kai din se tumhen khoj raha hoon, par tum mujhase bhagati phirati ho.

bhaiya ab achchhe n honge. inhen garmi ho gayi hai. inake sath kyon apani zindagi kharab kar rahi ho ? tumhari phool-si deh sookh gayi hai. mere sath chalo, kuchh zindagi ki bahar udayen. yah javani bahut din n rahegi. yah dekho, tumhare lie ek karanaphool laya hoon, jara pahanakar mujhe dikha do.'

usane karanaphool muliya ki or badha diya. muliya ne usaki or dekha bhi nahin. choolhe ki or takati huee boli, 'lala, tumhare pairon padati hoon, mujhe mat chhedo. yah sari vipatti tumhari layi huee hai. tumhin mere shatru

ho. phir bhi tumhen laj nahin ati. kahate ho, bhaiya ab kis kam ke hain ?mujhe to ab vah pahale se kahin zyada achchhe lagate hain. jab main n hoti, to vah doosari sagaee kar late, apane hathon thok khate. aj main hi unaka adhar hoon. vah mere sahare jite hain. agar main is snkat men unake sath daga karoon, to mujhase badhakar adham kaun hoga. jabaki main janati hoon ki is snkat ka karan bhi main hi hoon.'

raja ne hnsakar kaha, 'yah to vahi hua, jaise kisi ki dal gir gayi, to usane kaha, mujhe to sookhi hi achchhi lagati hai.'

muliya ne sir uthakar usaki or sajot netron se takate hue kaha, 'tum unake pairon ki dhool ke barabar nahin ho lala, kya kahate ho tum ? ujale kapade aur chikane mukhade se koee adami sundar nahin hota. meri ankhon men

to unake barabar koee dikhayi nahin deta. '

kalloo ne pukara, 'moola, thoda pani de.' muliya pani lekar daudi.

chalate-chalate karanaphool ko aisa thukaraya ki angan men ja gira. raja ne jaldi se karanaphool utha liya aur krodh men bhara hua chal diya.

rog din-par-din badhata gaya. thikane se dava-daroo hoti, to shayad achchha ho jata; magar akeli muliya kya-kya karati ? daridrata men bimari kodh ka khaj hai. akhir ek din paravana a pahuncha. muliya ghar ka kam-dhandha karake ayi, to dekha kalloo ki sans chal rahi hai. ghabadakar boli, 'qaisa ji hai tumhara ? '

kalloo ne sajal aur dinata-bhari ankhon se dekha aur hath jodakar sir nicha kar liya. yahi antim bidaee thi.

muliya usake sine par sir rakhakar rone lagi aur unmad ki dasha men usake ahat hriday se rakt ki boondon ke saman shabd nikalane lage, 'tumase itana bhi n dekha gaya, bhagavanh ! us par nyayi aur dayalu kahalate ho !

isilie tumane janm diya ! yahi khel khelane ke lie ! hay nath ! tum to itane nishthur n the ! mujhe akeli chhodakar chale ja rahe ho ! hay ! ab kaun moola kahakar pukarega ! ab kisake lie kuen se pani khinchoongi ! kise baithakar khilaoongi, pnkha dulaoongi ! sab sukh har liya, to mujhe bhi kyon nahin utha lete ! '

sara ganv jama ho gaya. sabhi samajha rahe the. muliya ko dhairy n hota tha. yah sab mere karan hua; yah bat use nahin bhoolati. hay ! hay ! use bhagavanh ne samarthy diya hota, to aj usaka sirataj yon uth jata ?

shav ki dah-kriya ki taiyariyan hone lagin. kalloo ko mare chh: mahine ho gaye. muliya apana kamati hai, khati hai aur apane ghar men padi rahati hai. din-bhar kam-dhndho se chhutti nahin milati. han, rat ko ekant men ro liya karati hai.

udhar raja ki stri mar gayi, magar do-char din ke bad vah phir chhaila bana ghoomane laga. aur bhi chhoota sand ho gaya. pahale stri se jhagada ho jane ka kuchh dar tha. ab vah bhi n raha. abaki naukari par se lauta, to sidhe

muliya ke ghar pahuncha. aur idhar-udhar ki baten karane ke bad bola, 'bhabhi, ab to meri abhilasha poori karogi ya abhi aur kuchh baki hai ? ab to bhaiya bhi nahin rahe. idhar meri gharavali bhi sidhari ! mainne to usaka gam bhula diya. tum kab tak bhaiya ke nam ko roti rahogi ? '

muliya ne ghrina se usaki or dekhakar kaha, 'bhaiya nahin rahe, to kya hua; bhaiya ki yad to hai, unaka prem to hai, unaki soorat to dil men hai, unaki baten to kanon men hain. tumhare lie aur duniya ke lie vah nahin hain, mere lie vah ab bhi vaise hi jite-jagate hain. main ab bhi unhen vaise hi baithe dekhati hoon. pahale to deh ka antar tha. ab to vah mujhase aur bhi nagich ho gaye hain. aur jyon-jyon din bitenge aur bhi nagich hote jaynge. bhare-poore ghar men dane ki kaun qadar karata hai. jab ghar khali ho jata hai, tab maloom hota hai ki dana kya hai. paisevale paise ki qadar kya janen. paise ki qadar tab hoti hai, jab hath khali ho jata hai. tab adami ek-ek kaudi dant se pakadata hai. tumhen bhagavanh ne dil hi nahin diya, tum kya jano, sohabat kya hai. gharavali ko mare abhi chh: mahine bhi nahin hue aur tum sand ban baithe. tum mar gaye hote, to isi tarah vah bhi ab tak kisi ke pas chali gayi hoti ? main janati hoon ki main mar jati, to mera sirataj 'janm' bhar mere nam ko roya karata. aise hi purushon ki striyan un par pran deti hain. tum-jaise sohadon ke bhag men pattal chatana likha hai; chato; magar khabaradar, aj se mere ghar men panv n rakhana, nahin to jan se hath dhooge ! bas, nikal jao.'

usake mukh par aisa tej, svar men itani katuta thi ki raja ko jaban kholane ka bhi sahas n hua. chupake se nikal bhaga.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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