There was once a king of the Kuru dynasty named Suhotra who went to visit some renowned rishis. While returning home, he happened to meet another king named Shibi, traveling on the road in the opposite direction. Because the road was very narrow, both chariots could not pass by. Since they were both equal in terms of age and royal qualifications etc. neither Shibi nor Suhotra would move. At that point, the great saint Narada appeared and asked the kings what was the matter.

The monarchs to him, "O best of sages, it is only proper that one should give way to superiors. However because we are equal to one another in all respects, neither of us are willing to let the other pass."

Narada then recited some verses from the shastra –

1) Evil minded people behave severely even towards their superiors, but those who are exalted behave properly, even while dealing with the sinful. Because one who is noble behaves with virtue, even toward those who are corrupt, why would he not do so to those who are good?

2) A great person considers another person's qualities and the services they have performed to be a hundred times greater than they actually are. Thus he perceives only good in others.

3) The way to defeat an evil person is to give him charity. A liar is defeated by truth, a sinner is defeated by forgiveness, and the heart of a man who is dishonest is softened by honesty.

Narada continued, addressing King Suhotra, "My dear king, apart from this, you should know that Maharaja Shibi's virtue exceeds yours. Since you are both broad-hearted, I request that one of you should voluntarily move aside, and relinquish all sense of false pride."

Maharaja Suhotra then moved his chariot off the road and allowed Shibi to pass by and while doing so, he praised Shibi highly.

(Mahabharata, Vana-parva, Chapter 213)