Ñ(IX,94): Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering.
Ñ: Its function resides in not bearing others' suffering.
Ñ: It is manifested as non-cruelty.
Ñ: Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering.
Vihiṃsūpasamo tassā sampatti, sokasambhavo vipatti.
Ñ: It succeeds when it makes cruelty subside and it fails when it produces sorrow.