And in furtherance of your wicked design, you have been belittling my
strength and running me down. You have stooped to behaviour unworthy of a kshatriya.
Age alone does not confer a title to honour and respect among warriors,
but prowess does. Desist from poisoning our relations."
Turning then to Duryodhana, Karna said:
"Illustrious warrior, think well and look to your own good. Do not
place too great a reliance on the grandsire. He is trying to sow dissension in our ranks.
His appraisement of me will injure your cause. By running me down, he
seeks to damp my enthusiasm. He has become senile and his time is up. His arrogance does
not let him have regard for any one else.
Age must be respected and experience is useful but, as the sastras warn
us, there is a point when age becomes senility and ripeness falls into rottenness and