Daya is compassion and sympathy for all living creatures. It involves love, kindness, mercy, selflessness and rendering assistance to the needy even at great cost to oneself.
Daya is not mere display of kindness or sympathy to someone in distress. It calls for complete identification with the suffering experienced by another individual and relieving that suffering as a means of relieving the agony experienced by that individual.
Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals, plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Foster sympathy for others' needs and suffering. Honor and assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.