The stage is set for an epic battle at Kurukshena, a metaphor for a field of doing (ego). The opening act is a conversation between Lord Krishna, the author and hero of the drama, who is the the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Arjuna, the disciple. The conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna on the mythic battlefield is witnessed remotely by two characters, Sanjaya and Dhitarashtra. The war represents undesirable actions which must be performed in the line of one’s. Arjuna is reluctant to engage in the battle, as he sees many of his kinsmen on the battlefield. Arjuna is seated in a chariot which represents the body; the horses that pull the chariot represent the emotions, senses and desires which pull humans in many directions. Arjuna is armed with his bow Gadiva, given to him by the god of fire (Agni); it symbolizes ‘shakti’ or energy. The three characters each receive Divine knowledge through three methods, the information will assist them in their life journey. Arjuna is a a direct recipient of the Gita; this method is only received by highly evolved souls. Sanjaya receives Divine guidance through his mind’s eye or clairvoyance; this method is achieved by those who have mastered body and mind, prevailing above their lower natures. Dhitarashtra, the blind king received the knowledge through Sanjaya. The king’s blindness symbolizes ignorance, driven by desires; he is the character who permitted the battle occur. The armies represent the world and the wordly people who inhabit it, whom for the most part are oblivious of divine activity and the ways in which it mysteriously plays it’s role in the human drama. Lord Krishna has incarnated to root out evil and establish dharma or righteous living upon the earth. The battle begins in earnest, as Bhimsa (meaning truth and duty) blows the conch which represents the instilling the breath of life which connects man’s physical body to spirit, and ultimately God. The root of Bhimsa is ‘bhi’ meaning fear and represents the ego which battles within each human, for even though the soul is eternal, man lives in fear of death. Bhimsa is the main character of the epic Mahabharata of which the Bhagavad Gita forms a part. His struggle is to bring unity between the Kauravas and the Pandavas (humans). The conch or ‘sankha’ itself is based on sacred geometry; the measuring system of the gods. When the breath is blown through the conch it produces a sound like the primordial sound of Om (Aum). It is believed that this sound (pronouced ‘aum’) is that from which all Vedas originated. It symbolizes man’s call to engage in the struggle of life. It is through the ensuing battle that the Gita reveals its teaching of reaching the Divine through right livelihood (one’s dharma), surrender of the ego, ‘raddha’ or faith, patience and detachment from earthly desires. It is through connection with the Divine the teachings are revealed, and the soul may journey Home.