Enlightened beings are untouched by the qualities, good or bad that they come in contact with. Their presence is so intense that everybody and everything is touched by the love and compassion that is their very nature.
A story from the life of enlightened master Buddha:
There was a bandit by the name of Angulimala. He used to live in a forest that many people had to cross. He used to ambush the people and rob them of their valuables. Then he would cut off the little finger of the person and make a garland of all the fingers. That is why he was called Angulimala or garland of fingers. Once when traveling, Buddha was about to cross the forest. People warned him about the terrifying Angulimala.
But Buddha was unperturbed and continued walking. Deep inside the forest, Angulimala jumped out of the bushes and shouted threateningly at Buddha, ‘Stand still!’ Buddha stopped and replied, ‘I am still. May you be still.’ Angulimala for the first time in his life was shaken to his very being. Something about Buddha touched him deeply. He could not even force himself to attack Buddha. His hands froze. He just fell at the feet of Buddha crying and begging for forgiveness!
This story illustrates one of the truths of the impact of enlightened beings. Without effort or intention, an enlightened being simply radiates tremendous peace and compassion which has the power to simply transform others. This effect is not limited just to human beings. Even animals are touched by the pure love and compassion radiated by an enlightened being. Everything is changed when it is exposed to that high frequency energy field.
This is a beautiful story from the life of Adi Shankara, an enlightened master from ancient India:
Shankara was wandering in South India in the town of Shringeri. One day, a strange and beautiful scene happened in front of him: two frogs were sitting on a rock. It became very hot, so the frogs were about to jump into the water. Just then a cobra raised its hood and spread it over the two frogs giving them shade. The frogs enjoyed the cool shade and sat back for sometime. After some time, they plunged into the water. The cobra also folded back its hood and went away. Shankara was watching this and was amazed. He was a very sharp intellectual person. He did not leave the incident at that. His intellect immediately recognized that unless the place was sanctified in some way by some higher energy, it was not possible for animals to forget their enmity and co-exist in such a beautiful fashion. He went around and asked for details about the place. He learned that some time in the past, a great enlightened sage had established and maintained his ashram* there for many years! Shankara was so moved by the whole incident that he decided that someday he too would set up his mission in that very place. Years later when he was passing by the same place, he stopped and established his first ashram* there, called the Shringeri Math. To this day it stands as one of the key seats of spiritual wisdom in the world!
An enlightened being effortlessly radiates his all-encompassing inner space, which creates a collective positivism.
As Patanjali says in the Yoga Sutras, ‘In the presence of an enlightened being even natural enemies lose their enmity.’ The fire that is full of its own light consumes everything, but it is not contaminated by anything. In the heat of the fire, what goes into it is purified, but the fire is untouched by the qualities of what it consumes. In the same way, enlightened beings are untouched by the qualities, good or bad that they come in contact with. Their presence is so intense that everybody and everything is touched by the love and compassion that is their very nature.
The direct and only way to global peace is to generate more of this enlightened Consciousness. This is what my whole mission is all about. My advent on planet earth is to create a new cycle of individual consciousness causing Collective Consciousness to enter the Superconscious zone. To achieve this, One hundred thousand people will be initiated to live as Jeevan Muktas – liberated beings experiencing ‘living enlightenment’ & One billion people will be initiated into Nithya Dhyaan – designed to cause a positive shift in the individual consciousness on planet earth.
source: Living Enlightenment