“5. AT THE FOURTH (ROUND, OR REVOLUTION OF LIFE AND BEING AROUND “THE SEVEN SMALLER WHEELS”), THE SONS ARE TOLD TO CREATE THEIR IMAGES.
ONE THIRD REFUSES, TWO (THIRDS) OBEY.
THE CURSE IS PRONOUNCED: THEY WILL BE BORN IN THE FOURTH (RACE), SUFFER AND CAUSE SUFFERING.
THIS IS THE FIRST WAR.
Between this sloka and the last, sloka 4 in this same stanza, extend long ages; and there now gleams the dawn and sunrise of another aeon.
The drama enacted on our planet is at the beginning of its fourth act.
As the solid Earth began by being a ball of liquid fire, of fiery dust, and its protoplasmic phantom, so did man.
Says the Commentary explaining the verse:
“The holy youths (the gods) refused to multiply and create species after their likeness, after their kind. They are not fit forms (rupas) for us. They have to grow. They refuse to enter the chhayas (shadows or images) of their inferiors. Thus had selfish feeling prevailed from the beginning, even among the gods, and they fell under the eye of the Karmic Lipikas.”
“The curse is pronounced” does not mean, in this instance, that any personal Being, god, or superior Spirit, pronounced it, but simply that the cause which could but create bad results had been generated, and that the effects of a Karmic cause could lead the “Beings” that counteracted the laws of Nature, and thus impeded her legitimate progress, only to bad incarnations, hence to suffering.
“There were many wars” refers to several struggles of adjustment, spiritual, cosmical, and astronomical, but chiefly to the mystery of the evolution of man as he is now.”
H. P. Blavatsky