I was watching a Telugu movie on YouTube recently and the tagline of the movie was:
dhanam mūlam idaṃ jagat
(money forms root of this world)
After some digging around, it seems this line is only part of the verse and it's possible the movie has taken the line out of context.
The sloka says:
Vedas are the base (root cause) for attaining the Brahma Jnana (The Divine Knowledge),
Wife is the root cause for the house (she is thus the housewife),
Agriculture is the root cause for the paddy, and
Wealth is the root cause for this world of worldly pleasures.
Is Hindu scripture source of this verse or is it a subhāṣita?
What's the full verse in Sanskrit?