Karna had another visitor that morning: the god Indra, who was worried for his son, Arjuna. Relying on Karna's generosity, Indra went to Karna disguised as an old man, begging Karna to give him a gift.
"What do you want?" Karna asked.
"Your earrings and armor," said the old man.
Without hesitation, Karna cut off the earrings and armor that had been part of his body since birth, giving them to the old man.
Astounded by Karna's complete generosity, Indra revealed himself. "Take this divine Shakti-spear," he said. "It never misses its mark, but you can use it only once."
Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 255.