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udabodhan – a poem by Nirala

garaj garaj ghan andhakaar mein ga apane sangeet,
bandhu, ve baadha-bandh-viheen,
aakhon mein nav jeevan kee too anjan laga puneet,
bikhar jhar jaane de praacheen.
baar baar ur kee veena mein kar nishthur jhankaar
utha too bhairav nirjar raag,
baha usee svar mein sadiyon ka daarun haahaakaar
sancharit kar nootan anuraag.
bahata andh prabhanjan jyon, yah tyon hee svar-pravaah
machal kar de chanchal aakaash,
uda uda kar peele pallav, kare sukomal raah,–
tarun taru; bhar prasoon kee pyaas.
kaanpe punarvaar prthvee shaakha-kar-parinay-maal,
sugandhit ho re phir aakaash,
punarvaar gaayen nootan svar, nav kar se de taal,
chaturdik chha jaaye vishvaas.
mandr utha too band-band par jalane vaalee taan,
vishv kee nashvarata kar nasht,
jeern-sheern jo, deern dhara mein praapt kare avasaan,
rahe avashisht saty jo spasht.
taal-taal se re sadiyon ke jakade hrday kapaat,
khol de kar kar-kathin prahaar,
aaye abhyantar sanyat charanon se navy viraat,
kare darshan, paaye aabhaar.
chhod, chhod de shankaen, re nirjhar-garjit veer!
utha keval nirmal nirghosh;
dekh saamane, bana achal upalon ko utpal, dheer!
praapt kar phir neerav santosh!
bhar uddaam veg se baadhaahar too karkash praan,
door kar de durbal vishvaas,
kiranon kee gati se aa, aa too, ga too gaurav-gaan,
ek kar de prthvee aakaash.

udabodhan

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