कथं त्वनाथा: कृपणा वर्तेरंस्ते च मां विना ॥ ४५ ॥
kathaṁ tv anāthāḥ kṛpaṇā
varteraṁs te ca māṁ vinā
Therefore give up your anxiety due to ignorance of the self. You are now thinking of how they, who are helpless poor creatures, will exist without you.
When we think of our kith and kin as being helpless and dependent on us, it is all due to ignorance. Every living creature is allowed all protection by the order of the Supreme Lord in terms of each one’s acquired position in the world. The Lord is known as bhūta-bhṛt, one who gives protection to all living beings. One should discharge his duties only, for no one but the Supreme Lord can give protection to anyone else. This is explained more clearly in the following verse.