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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:

  1. Vedas are the base (root cause) for attaining the Brahma Jnana (The Divine Knowledge),

  2. Wife is the root cause for the house (she is thus the housewife),

  3. Agriculture is the root cause for the paddy, and

  4. 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?

  • 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 Dec 7 '17 at 1:04
  • Under same page you quoted, there is complete Sanskrit quote and context wikifoundryattachments.com/gCuhSyUeS6iLcYxEYkiClw%3D%3D22932 . – The Destroyer Dec 7 '17 at 8:11
  • @TheDestroyer You're right, I missed the attachment when I read it earlier. So seems like a subhāṣita. – sv. Dec 7 '17 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 – sv. Apr 3 '18 at 18:23
  • Where is the previous answer? – sofs1 Oct 19 '18 at 20:34

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