We explore notions of self and body in the Gītā as expressed through the text’s narrative and metaphors. The Gītā presents three different senses by which the self can be contrasted with the body. The first, an elementary contrast between a perennial self and temporary body, is presented as a direct consequence of Arjuna’s grief and is meant to inspire him to look beyond his present troubles and mortality. The second sense looks to Sankhya categories that define the self as superior in nature to (or a manipulator of) the body. This breakdown occurs after Kṛṣṇa has described various yogic practices and it moves the narrative into better understanding of the self as an exploiter of the resources of the body. The third sense of self is that it is a knower and that the body is the known. The metaphor used for the body is that of an agricultural field, a place where seeds (desires and acts) are planted and their fruits harvested.