The two central characters in the story are Arjuna and Krishna. Arjuna represents the seeker of knowledge and experience of God. Krishna, Arjuna’s cousin, friend, teacher, and the personification of divine power and grace in human form, represents the indwelling Spirit of God. In eighteen chapters, a broad range of philosophical views are explored and practical instruction about how to live skillfully and fulfill personal destiny is methodically expounded. The inner message of the Gita explains how to awaken to Self-knowledge and God-realization.