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I was watching a Telugu movie recently and the tagline of the movie was:

dhanam mūlam idaṃ jagat

(money forms root of this world)

After some [digging around][2], it seems this line is only part of a verse (shloka) and it's possible the movie has taken the line out of context...

The full shloka is:

Vedamulam Idam braamhyam

Krushimulam Idam dhanyam

Bharya Mulam idam Gurham

Dhanam mulam idam Jagath

One English translation/explanation is given on the internet as:

The Vedas are the base (root cause) for attaining The Divine Knowledge

The wife is the root cause for the house (she is thus the housewife)

Agriculture is the root cause for the paddy

Wealth is the root cause for this world of worldly pleasures

Where is that shloka from? Is the above quoted verse the full and correct verse and to what degree is the translation correct? Also, is this verse proper Hindu scripture or is it a subhashita?

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  • not sure about sanskrit verse, but there is equivalent tamil Thirukkural 'arul illarku avvulagillai, porul illarku ivvulagillai' - that world is not for those without benevolence, this is world is not for those without wealth
    – ram
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 1:04
  • Under same page you quoted, there is complete Sanskrit quote and context wikifoundryattachments.com/gCuhSyUeS6iLcYxEYkiClw%3D%3D22932 .
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 8:11
  • @TheDestroyer You're right, I missed the attachment when I read it earlier. So seems like a subhāṣita. Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 16:09

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Vedamulam Idam braamhyam Krushimulam Idam dhanyam Bharya Mulam idam Gurham Dhanam mulam idam Jagath

This is the full version. Ref: VydikaVignanam for source and authenticity. Or you are welcome to my home I can show you a BIG book bought by my dad in 1970s.

oh .. I just saw the previous answer that has the full shlokam and explanation too .. But I don't want to delete my reply ;-)

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    'you are welcome to my home I can show you a BIG book' - that's too much trouble, taking a pic and posting it in your answer will do :P Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 18:23
  • Where is the previous answer?
    – sofs1
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 20:34
  • As a non-speaker of Sanskrit, I would love if somebody could give an English translation of the full version? 🙏
    – Sixtyfive
    Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 13:09

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