Black Money and White Money in Sanskrit Literature! (Post No.3038)


Written by london swaminathan

Date: 5th    August 2016

Post No. 3038

Time uploaded in London :– 17-35

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Sanskrit is the richest and the oldest language in the world. All subjects under the sun are dealt with by the Sanskrit poets. If we take other ancient languages, they lack in many respects. Moreover, they are all younger than Sanskrit. Sanskrit literature is available from the Vedic days (at least 1400 BCE) whereas Greek literature is available only from 8th century BCE and Tamil literature only from the first century BCE. Chinese and Hebrew literature may be older than Greek, Tamil and Latin but not as comprehensive as Sanskrit or Greek. No Indian can speak even for five minutes without a Sanskrit word!


When I call Sanskrit the oldest language, I say it on the basis of archaeological evidence (Bogazkoy inscrription, Dasaratha letters in Egypt, Kikkulis Horse manual in Turkey and Mitannian civilization and literary evidence (The Rig Veda) available today. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet the language spoken by the Indus people.


Let us look at some couplets about white and black money in Sanskrit:–


Rough Translation OF THE Sanskrit couplets given at the end: –

“Since we need money for everything it is necessary to earn it.

Three different tasks are there: Protecting what you have earned, increasing it (by way of investing) and enjoying it.

There are three kinds in it; they are white, mixture of both and black/coloured/stained.

Those can be divided into seven each;

Earning money by teaching, heroism, penance, kanyaa dhaanam (money when you get by marrying your daughter), by fire sacrifice, earning through your disciples (probably Guru dakshina) and treasure found are the seven that come under WHITE MONEY (sukla+aarjanam);


Earning through interest, agriculture, business, tax, arts, anuvrddi (side business or byeproducts) and reciprocal money (you do some favours and they give you money) are the seven that come under spotted or STAINED (sabalam) MONEY.

Money earned by slavery (servitude), gambling, begging, blackmailing, impersonation, heroic acts (goonies)  and fraudulent business are the seven that come under BLACK MONEY”.


My comments: —

Nowadays we use the terms white money, black money and stained hands; probably these came in vogue from these Sanskrit slokas/couplets.


Sanskrit slokas:–


Dhanamuula: kriyaasarvaa atastasyaarjanam matam

Vardhanam rakshanam bhoga iti tasya vidhi: kramaat


Tat punastrividham njeyam suklam sabalameva sa

Krushnam sa tasya vinjeya: prabedassapatadhaa puna:


Sratasaurya tapa: kanya yaajya sisyaanvayaagatam

Dhanam saptavidham suklamudayopyasya tatvidha:

Kusiida krsivaanijya suklasilpaanu vruttibhi:

Ktopakaaraadhaaptam sa sabalam samudaahrutam

Paarsvagadhyuuta dainyaarti pratruupaka saahasai:

Tyaajenoopaarjitam yassa tat krsnam samudaahrutam


Yathaa vidhena dravyena bhaktimsehakarotyayam

Tatvidham palamaapnoti tatpalam pretyaseha sa



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