Arhat Pindola was known to have pure white hair and long snowy eyebrows which showed longevity, seniority and leadership. He was one of the Four Great Monastic disciples appointed by the Buddha to assist the future Buddha, Maitreya. He was also well-known for his kindness and supernatural powers.
One day, he went to a woman known to be stingy, and requested alms for the sake of several monks who had come from afar. She shooed him away and then went back to cooking her pies. Instead of taking his leave, Arhat Pindola sat and entered into meditation. The woman was frightened to find the monk sitting there and looking as if he had died. Fearing that she would go to court if the monk died there, she asked Arhat Pindola for pardon. She offered him a small piece of pie. Surprisingly, the pie became very large. Then he said to her, “Benefactor, I would not partake of this big pie. I have come to ask for alms to offer the food to the monks who just arrived here from afar and are too tired and hungry to come out.” His kindness and sincerity moved the woman, so she decided to give him more pies. But Pindola turned her down and said, “Thank you for your kindness. This big pie is enough. I am very pleased that you have been so benevolent. May your merits and wisdom increase because of your generosity.” This woman was moved by Arhat Pindola’s kindness and felt remorseful for her stinginess. She decided to cultivate kindness and generosity by making offerings and supporting the Sangha.