Bhagavad Gita is central to the epic Mahabarata; and central to the Gita is the chariot driven by Krishna and Arjuna. The image is a pictorial metaphor for the human meta-psychology representing the inner instruments of mind and sense by which we guide our bodies through the life. The chariot is symbolic of the body, sarira in sanskRita. Jiva (the embodied individual soul) is represented by Arjuna, the passenger, while the position of charioteer is given to Lord Krishna who symbolizes the atma (often referred to as Self, higher intellect or Buddhi). He leads the chariot onto the battlefield (Kurukshetra), into the middle of two armies; on the one side are the Kauravas (the demonic nature) and on the other are the Pandavas (the divine nature).