[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] The Dream of a Vegetable Seller
(Minghui.org) I am a 66-year-old retired worker. I used to buy vegetables at a market early in the morning. The reason I went to that particular market for my vegetables was so that I could tell people there about Falun Dafa [also called Falun Gong]. Gradually I became familiar with the merchants there.
A Hot-Tempered Merchant
One merchant at the market had a bad temper. He argued frequently with the other sellers, as well as the customers. He did not even appear to care whether you purchased from him or not. He would get angry over the most trivial matter. So naturally his business was poor. I would often buy from him so that I could tell him about the righteous Fa that can help him improve his life.
I was never picky about his vegetables and did not bicker with him if he overcharged me or shorted my quantity of vegetables. I just agreed to his terms and told him it was fine.
Because I treated him so well, he had a very good impression of me. He would say: “Dafa disciples are different from others. Other people not only haggle with me, but also grab extra vegetables from me after they have already paid.”
Every time I saw him and bought vegetables from him, I would tell him more about Falun Dafa, how Falun Dafa has spread worldwide, and how the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Jiang Zemin’s group was persecuting Falun Dafa.
I gave him Falun Dafa DVD's and pamphlets. I encouraged him to often repeat, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” and explained that by doing so his life would improve in every way. Thus, he would be a happier person.
He learned a lot from me and decided to quit the CCP. He also took Falun Dafa materials for his family and friends to read. Later he even helped ten people quit the CCP.
The changes in him were becoming obvious. He seldom lost his temper anymore and was often smiling. Then his business improved.
Fulfilling His Dream
In order to help more people quit the CCP and to tell them about Falun Dafa, I started to shop for my vegetables at a different market. So for a long time I did not return to that merchant's booth.
Then one day while I was out, I happened to go to that market and passed by this vendor. He recognized me immediately and cheerfully greeted me. He asked why I had not been by for a long time and said he missed me. I was happy to see him and asked how he was doing. He told me the following story:
“Every day I repeat many times ‘Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ I have felt those nine words rotating continuously in my body. It is a wonderful feeling that goes deep into my heart.
“I became cheerful with my customers, helping them pick out good vegetables and being fair to them. I make a point to help the elderly ladies that come here, as if they were my own mother. After assisting the older ladies with their purchase and putting the vegetables in their cart, I always smile and thank them for their business. So word got around and now all the elderly people say I am a good person and buy from me often.”
“Now I smile all day and my business is very good. I do not argue with anyone anymore; everyone can see the change in me.”
The vendors near him told me that he has turned into a different person. They said they also hear him talk to people about the goodness of Dafa and explain how evil Jiang Zemin was.
Then he said to me that he had read many articles about how people benefit from Dafa and he asked me if I could write a story about him and have it published. He said I could use the alias “Dahai” (which meant big sea), since he had fulfilled his naval service and returned home.
It was then that I asked him why he had not begun to practice Falun Dafa himself, since he had such a good predestined relationship with Dafa. It is very fortunate to be a Dafa disciple and he would know that after he began to practice.
He explained that he was up very early every morning to buy vegetables to sell, and worked all day. He did not feel he had the time to learn Dafa. Then he further explained that he was thinking about switching to another business so that he would have more time, adding that if I did not see him here again, it was because he was now a Falun Dafa practitioner. The next time I came to the market, he was gone. I knew his dream of practicing Falun Dafa had come true!