Visual representations of the teaching by Krishna, as shown here in the painting of the Gitopadesha (Teaching of the Gita), are often displayed in Hindu homes and showcased in museums. In the depiction here, Arjuna is the commander of the righteous Pandava faction and Krishna, an incarnation (avatar) of the Hindu god Vishnu, serves as his charioteer. Faced with the dilemma of a fratricidal war against the Kauravas, his cousins, for the kingdom, Arjuna is confused and has no will to initiate the war. In this context, Krishna counsels him, as part of a deeper philosophical discourse on the cyclical nature of birth and death, permanent nature of the human soul within the transient human body, duty to righteous action, control of the senses, and perils of attachment to materialism. He propounds three pathways to transcend the human predicament, through Knowledge, Action, and Faith.