SB 1.8 - Living completely dependent on the Lord's mercy
Kuntī said that they were completely dependent on the mercy of Kṛṣṇa, with no one to protect them. She asked why the Lord was leaving when all the kings were at enmity with them. If Kṛṣṇa were to say that He had to go because of having necessary work to do at Dvārakā, Kuntī says all His deeds are automatically accomplished. In the material world it is a sign of misfortune to be dependent on someone else’s mercy. But in transcendental relation with the Lord, it is most fortunate when we can live completely dependent on Him. The cruel material nature does not allow us to be independent, and this false attempt to become independent of the stringent laws of nature is known as material advancement of experimental knowledge. But the highest goal of human civilization is to work under the guidance of the Lord depending on His mercy. The Pāṇḍavas were dependent on the goodwill of the Lord but they were not idle parasites. We must try to be sanātha, having the Lord to protect us. After many births, a fortunate person becomes aware that Vāsudeva is all in all and surrenders unto Him. That is the sign of a mahātmā. After the battle of Kurukṣetra, although the inimical kings were killed, their sons and grandsons were still there to deal with the Pāṇḍavas. All of us are always in a condition of enmity and the best way to live is to be completely dependent on the will of the Lord.
As the name and fame of a particular body is finished with the spirit leaving the body, similarly if the Lord did not protect the Pāṇḍavas, their fame would also end at once. The Pāṇḍavas were guided by the great Yudhiṣṭhira, who was morality personified, and the Yadus were great allies. But without the guidance of Kṛṣṇa, all of them are non entities as much as the senses are useless without the consciousness. The ultimate dependable object is the Lord Himself.