यदि ह्यहं न वर्तेयं जातु कर्मण्यतन्द्रितः।
मम वर्त्मानुवर्तन्ते मनुष्याः पार्थ सर्वशः।।3.23।।
।।3.23।। यदि मैं सावधान हुआ (अतन्द्रित) कदाचित कर्म में न लगा रहूँ तो हे पार्थ सब प्रकार से मनुष्य मेरे मार्ग (र्वत्म) का अनुसरण करेंगे।।
Lord Krishna appeared as the son of King Vasudeva from the Vrishni dynasty, the foremost of the righteous. If Lord Krishna was to fail to perform prescribed Vedic activities then so many lesser personalities would follow in His footsteps thinking that is the standard. Lord Krishna is stating that He would be at fault for leading them falsely in the wrong way.