The world is pointless without Krishna, not that Krishna is pointless without the world
The Bhagavad-gita’s first chapter reports Duryodhana assessing the comparative strengths of the two assembled armies (01.03, 01.04, 01.05, 01.06, 01.07, 01.08, 01.09, 01.10, 01.11). He begins by mentioning the foremost opponent warriors (01.04), but throughout his assessment, he doesn’t mention Krishna even once. As Krishna is a non-combatant, Duryodhana disregards him as inconsequential.
Duryodhana’s mindset reflects the utilitarian worldview that crowns material utility as the criterion for evaluating everything – even God. He matters only if he is materially useful. If worshiping him doesn’t improve one’s material status, then he is no longer considered worth one’s time and is neglected.
Whereas utilitarians consider Krishna pointless without the world, devotees consider the world pointless without Krishna. This devotional attitude is evident in the life of Arjuna. Before the war, when he had to choose between a non-combatant Krishna on one side and Krishna’s formidable armed forces on the other, he unhesitantly chose Krishna. And later when Krishna departed from the world, Arjuna, along with his brothers, renounced the kingship of the world, for the world without Krishna held no appeal, as the Srimad Bhagavatam (01.15) re-affirms.
Why this huge difference between the utilitarian evaluation and the devotional evaluation?
Because utilitarians consider this material world to be the most important reality, whereas devotees recognize Krishna to be the most important reality and the world to be an arena for connecting with Krishna.
When we chose Krishna over the world, he helps us in this world too, as he despite being a non-combatant helped Arjuna in the combat. But more importantly he offers us something far more precious than the whole world – his pure love. After all, the world and everything in it is temporary, whereas we as eternal souls need an eternal shelter, which we can find only in unalloyed love for Krishna.
"Here in this army are many heroic bowmen equal in ﬁghting to Bhima and Arjuna: great ﬁghters like Yuyudhana, Virata and Drupada."