Friday, March 22, 2013

SHIVA TRILOGY (PART 1) THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA ...

SHIVA TRILOGY (NOVEL; PART 1) THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA ...के उस स्थान पर हूँ जहां शिव, राजा दक्ष के निर्णयानुसार 'मेलुहा' के भ्रमण पर निकलता है और कोटद्वार पहुँच कर पहली बार आम जनता की उपस्थिति में (दक्ष के निवेदन अनुसार) -नीलकंठ- के रूप में सामने आता है! मेलुहा का एक अँधा बूढा 'प्रभु' (शिव) से मिलना चाहता है! बड़ी भीड़ है! नंदी और वीरभद्र जनता की भीड़ में शिव के लिए आसान रास्ता बनाने के लिए भीड़ के आवेग को रस्सी से रोके हुए हैं, कि शिव की नज़र उस श्रद्धा के आंसुओं से तर-ब-तर अंधे बूढ़े पर पड़ती है। वह नंदी और वीरभद्र को इशारा करता है कि उसे आने दें। बूढा व्यक्ति का बेटा, जो अंधे का सहारा है, उसे भी शिव के निर्देश पर बूढ़े के साथ शिव के पास आने दिया जाता है। बूढा शिव के पैर छूना चाहता है...कि, उसका बेटा 'कड़क कर'(डांटने की तरह) बोलता है_
`Father!` scolded the son.
Shiva was stunned by the harshness in the son's tone which was in sharp contrast with the loving manner in which he had spoken for. `What happened?`
`I am sorry, my Lord,` apologised the son. `He didn't mean to. He just forgot himself in your presence.`
`I am sorry, my Lord,` said the blind man, his tears flowing stronger.
`What about?`, asked Shiva.
`He is a vikarma,(विकर्म!/अछूत!/शापित!/पूर्वजन्म के पाप के लिए दण्डित!) my Lord,`said his son, `ever since disease blinded him twenty years ago. He should not have tried to touch you.`
Sati, who was now standing near Shiva, had heard the entire conversation. She felt sympathy for the blind man. She knew the torment of having even your touch considered impure. But what he had tried to do was illegal.
`I am sorry, my Lord,` continued the blind man.`But please don't let your anger with me stop you from protecting our country. It is the greatest land that Parmaatma created. Save it from evil Chandravanshis. Save us, my Lord.`
The blind man continued to cry while folding his hands in a penitent Namaste. Shiva was shaken by the dignity of the blind man.
(शिव मन ही मन) He still loves a country that treats him unfairly. Why? Even worse he doesn't even appear to think he's being treated unfairly.
Tears welled up in Shiva's eyes as he realised that he was looking at a man whom fate had been very unkind to.
(शिव मन ही मन) I will stop this nonsense.
Shiva stepped forward and bent down. The flabbergasted son tremmbled in disbelief as he saw the Neelkanth touch the feet of his vikarma father. The blind man was at sea for a moment. When he did understand what the Neelkanth had done, his hand shot up to cover his mouth in shock.

Shiva rose and stood in front of the blind man. `Bless me, sir, so that I find the strength to fight for a man as patriotic as you.`

The blind man stood dumb-struck. His tears dried up in his bewilderment. He was about to collapse when Shiva took a quick step forward to hold him, lest he fall to the ground. The blind man found the strength to say, `Vijayibhav`. May you be victorious. ...और दोस्तों! मेरे आँसू बह निकलते हैं....
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और एक बात बताऊँ! "सती" भी Vikarma,(विकर्म!/अछूत!/शापित!/पूर्वजन्म के पाप के लिए दण्डित!) है!! ...क्या? क्यों? कैसे?... जानने के लिए आइये मेरे साथ 'अमीश' के देश मेलुहा ......
_श्री .