Brahma's creation - the gods, demons, and men - were for
ever fighting. Their aim was to take control of the entire creation. There was widespread chaos and famine in the three worlds every time
Brahma grew worried and decided to warm them. One day he boomed, 'da.' As the loud voice echoed throughout the universe, everyone ran to
Brahma for help.
Brahma then asked what the sound meant to each of them.
The gods said 'da' sounded like the word 'damyanta,' meaning
The demons said the voice suggested 'dayadhvam' or merciful .
Brahma then told all that if each were to follow the three principles
of 'self-control,' 'charity,' and 'mercy,' he would be happy.
It is believed that even today, when Brahma says 'da,' it thunders, and
he is trying to remind us of the three principles.