जंगल की याद मुझे मत दिलाओ!

एक बार फिर मैं स्वर्गीय सर्वेश्वर दयाल सक्सेना जी एक कविता शेयर कर रहा हूँ| सर्वेश्वर जी ने इस कविता में जंगल के एक पेड़ को पीड़ा को अभिव्यक्त किया है, जो जंगल में अनेक पक्षियों का निवास था, आज वह पेड़ जल रहा है|
लीजिए आज प्रस्तुत है स्वर्गीय सर्वेश्वर दयाल सक्सेना जी यह कविता –

कुछ धुआँ
कुछ लपटें
कुछ कोयले
कुछ राख छोड़ता
चूल्हे में लकड़ी की तरह मैं जल रहा हूँ,
मुझे जंगल की याद मत दिलाओ!

हरे-भरे जंगल की
जिसमें मैं सम्पूर्ण खड़ा था
चिड़ियाँ मुझ पर बैठ चहचहाती थीं
धामिन मुझ से लिपटी रहती थी
और गुलदार उछलकर मुझ पर बैठ जाता था.
जँगल की याद
अब उन कुल्हाड़ियों की याद रह गयी है
जो मुझ पर चली थीं
उन आरों की जिन्होंने
मेरे टुकड़े-टुकड़े किये थे
मेरी सम्पूर्णता मुझसे छीन ली थी !

चूल्हे में
लकड़ी की तरह अब मैं जल रहा हूँ
बिना यह जाने कि जो हाँडी चढ़ी है
उसकी खदबद झूठी है
या उससे किसी का पेट भरेगा
आत्मा तृप्त होगी,
बिना यह जाने
कि जो चेहरे मेरे सामने हैं
वे मेरी आँच से
तमतमा रहे हैं
या गुस्से से,
वे मुझे उठा कर् चल पड़ेंगे
या मुझ पर पानी डाल सो जायेंगे.
मुझे जंगल की याद मत दिलाओ!
एक-एक चिनगारी
झरती पत्तियाँ हैं
जिनसे अब भी मैं चूम लेना चाहता हूँ
इस धरती को
जिसमें मेरी जड़ें थीं!

(आभार- एक बात मैं और बताना चाहूँगा कि अपनी ब्लॉग पोस्ट्स में मैं जो कविताएं, ग़ज़लें, शेर आदि शेयर करता हूँ उनको मैं सामान्यतः ऑनलाइन उपलब्ध ‘कविता कोश’ अथवा ‘Rekhta’ से लेता हूँ|)

आज के लिए इतना ही,

आने वाले हैं ज़ंजीरें पहनाने लोग!

फिर सहरा से डर लगता है फिर शहरों की याद आई,
फिर शायद आने वाले हैं ज़ंजीरें पहनाने लोग|

राही मासूम रज़ा

फैला जंगल रस्ता गुम!

ढलता सूरज फैला जंगल रस्ता गुम,
हमसे पूछो कैसा आलम होता है|

जावेद अख़्तर

The Fittest Survive!

There was a time when our forefathers lived in jungles, as we are told. In jungles there is the law of the land, which tells that the powerful species survive. We hear about species which existed in the world earlier and do not exist now. Surprisingly some species of earlier time we hear about were so big and powerful, it is surprising to know that they couldn’t survive. Further it is also worth consideration that in the long run either they could survive,  or the small human beings could, let’s take the example of Dianosaurs.



Yes there is a rule in the forest lands, or even the under-water world, that it is the fittest, the strongest who survives. In the jungles the lion and the bigger animals kill the smaller ones. Under water also it is said that the bigger fishes swallow the smaller ones.

The same principle could also apply on human beings, to great extent it might be seen in uncivilized societies. But in case of human society, it is not just the physical power that counts, but more than that it is mental power.

It is mental power only, through which humans initially made weapons for their survival, to kill the wild animals, they also killed them for eating, like the wild animals also do. But humans cooked their food. They invented so many things, houses to live safely, colonies to live as a society. Humans are thinking animals, so they could soon understand that if we live as a co-operative society, we can help each-other in growth and also be safe from external dangers. I think first it was small groups, which later grew larger and larger, and became villages, cities and countries.

Yes if not connected with each other, it would be the principle of survival of the fittest getting applied on us. But we know that in that way the humans would get destroyed and the world would become a big jungle.
Further the fitness or the might of human beings does not mean the physical fitness only. It is the mind and money power, which counts more in today’s world. We also see gangsters, who represent the uncivilized world, totally dependent on their physical might, the weapons and the nasty designs. We also find the rich and powerful moving with their body guards carrying guns, for safeguarding them. We also find artists and popular leaders going among huge crowds giving their message of love.

Today the world has became a global village, we are inter-connected and a person living in a country does also care about the well being of people in other country, if there is any natural calamity, spread of some deadly disease or any kind of trouble. We know today that if we don’t care, the same problem we also might have to face.

So we need to acquire the power of knowledge, necessary gadgets for safeguarding ourselves and our society, because in the human world today, there is nobody who can survive and rule barely on his own fitness or say power, be it of any kind. We have to be a strong and sensible society, that thinks about well-being of ourselves and the whole world.

So in today’s world one should be in good health, be well informed and well connected and be an active and vigilant member of the society. I think that is the requirement to remain a contributing member of society, which is not a jungle in anyway. Yes for those living in jungle, other principles might apply.

These are my humble views on the #IndiSpire prompt- “survival of the fittest,” the Law of the Jungle what do these phrases tell you? I often wonder if we got Charles Darwin’s theory wrong. #Survivalofthefittest

Thanks for reading.