The verse speaks of four things, Kaama, Krodha, Lobha and Moha. Of these, Moha is
the wrong value that we give to things, not knowing what is good and what is evil, what is
desirable and what is repulsive, like a child or an inexperienced man or woman buying
things in a bazaar taken in by the outward appearance of the objects which are displayed.
Even so, we stray into evil ways abandoning the proper path, which would yield real
We hanker for the praises of our fellow
men. We know that these are empty words; yet, we believe there is something good in them
and strive hard to obtain them. Other things too are of the same kind. Moha signifies the
profitless pursuit of things unaware of their real nature and lack of value. Kaama,
Krodha, Lobha and Moha are the various forms of the evil spirit known as Desire. Desire
refers to the pleasures of sense-satisfaction. What are condemned are desires, which are
contrary to Dharma.