Au Coeur des Nations pour La Paix - In the Heart of Nations for Peace
Le Cercle de Réflexion

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(The Atman Gate)

(The Spark Gate)-靈光門 ) - (строб исры)- (La porte de l’étincelle Ultime)

(Bab Al Maghariba)-(La porte d’ ‘Afrique- Europe-Asie’)


Bab Al Maghariba Gate Of Peace And Hope

1945, after the war (2nd world war): thousands of Moroccans, Tunisians, Algerians and also Egyptians and Europeans wandered in a devastated, torn and bruised France.

They had little work, and they were hungry. Thanks to filial devotion, they hopelessly searched what to feed and nourish their families.

On the contrary, they would end up engaging as legionnaires in the most bellicose groups of soldiers of the French Army at the time. They found life in obscurity as a lifeless existence.

These soldiers were sent to all the colonies to protect the interests of the Fatherland, particularly in the countries where revolutions for Independence emerged: Vietnam is the largest and most representative battlefield of the French colonies.

At the beginning of the war, they sided with of the strongest.

It is them who drew from the rains of shells on the VietMinh soldiers.

At that time, because they were under armed, the other side failed to respond even with a single shell... This meant that the danger of death on the side of the VietMinh soldiers was infinitely greater than on that of the French Army.

To change camp was synonymous with going towards death or committing suicide. They had no apparent reason to change camps. And yet, well before Dien Bien Phu battle in 1954, by hundreds, these legionnaires deserted one after the other, to join the Vietnamese combatants.


The simplistic explanation could be that after one night of shooting shells, the soldiers checked the results the morning after.

What did they see at once? Pulverized houses and gardens, corpses of the elderly, women and children spread everywhere. The survivors fled before their arrival, to the deserted village of life.

Did these scenes repeat day after day and push these soldiers to change camps?

Nothing on

Because these soldiers were aware of their contracts, and their only commitment was to fight and to obey orders. Such torturers had to carry out orders. Yet these soldiers could also ease their conscience by the illusion that the soldier‘s duty was to kill. They thought their bullets were closely related to death, without bleeding anybody.

At the end, as torturers, the soldiers tried to plunge in alcohol to forget the nightmares of these atrocious scenes. Vietnamese people living in the cities at that time, did not forget the soldiers with the white berets (legionnaires), because they were synonyms of destruction, and terror during each one of their permissions.

Which were thus the engines which pushed these soldiers to change camp?

Patriotism? Political ideology? Religious ideology?

Their motivation for that was not the same than that of the Vietnamese combatants who, even if they were heroic, fought for their country.

The majority of them were illiterate or uneducated. They engaged into the legion to survive and to feed their families. They did not fight for a political or patriotic ideology, even for those who gave them the wages.

Their countries were distant. Their languages, their cultures and particularly their believes were different.

Were they guided by an illusion?

Was there a paradise on the other camp?

They knew with certainty that there was not.

The atrocious scenes seen through the raids and the statements gathered from the prisoners, informed them that the other camp was indeed hell!

The same went for the living conditions. Resistance was filled of the physical sufferings endured in trenches and tunnels, which lasted for days, weeks or even months. The food was mediocre, often insufficient for the combatants; the diseases of the jungle without hygiene or medicines were doubly worst than the rains of shells.

The madness of the youth?

Were these actions explainable by madness of the youth? Impossible!

Their decision was the result of a long reflection. Did the citation and judgement, daily internal tearing push them to remain or to leave?

Because, to leave, was the decision of the non-eternal return!

- If by any chance they were alive, they were captured, by the Martial Court; that would be their only place of reception; because deserting during the war was a disciplinary fault, not to mention to desert for the other camp.

And yet they changed theirs camps!

However, they were fiercely determined. They solemnly took their last meals, as they were sentenced to death. They slowly ate their last good meal, waiting for their turn of duty in the night. They had all the night to remember their beloved ones they may never see again.

They had much time to cry. In absolute secret silence, they left everything; they marched in the direction of the targeted shells. Behind them, the companions of Yesterday, now became their enemies.

1954- Peace arrived! These soldiers, who were still alive, asked to stay in Vietnam.

1954- Peace arrived! All the prisoners, from simple soldiers to the great officers of the French Army, were released. Certain French prisoners and European prisoners asked to remain to heal the wounds which they caused themselves. Perhaps, they symbolically wanted to repay the huge debt of a major mistake of decision in history.

1954- Hô Chi Minh, the Leader and the Spirit of the Vietnamese Revolution, experienced several years of suffering and misery in France; on the road to liberation of the country, He deeply felt the noble values of these young soldiers. He understood the value of their decision, and the stake in the depth of the heart.

Ho Chi Minh gathered, the crowned area of the Vietnamese people in Ba Vi (Ha Tây), the place where during his lifetime, Ho Chi Minh chose to go to eternity for himself.

Here, with the villagers, they created a collective farm, ate and worked together, they shared everything diversity: the Vietnamese KIBBUTZ

A KIBBUTZ whose diversity was integrated in the Unit, consisting of several nationalities, several ethnic groups, different languages and cultures and more particularly several religions and beliefs. However they had a focus on convergence: a unified spirit of peace in this great diversity.

1956 - Morocco and Tunisia gained Independence now, the

From now, the colonized people conquered the Freedom

From now, the second-class workers also had the pride like everyone else to seize their own destiny!

1956 - During this year, in Vietnam, the people started to find the perfume other than that of the cruel moroseness of the war;

1956 - In the South of Vietnam, the dictator Ngô Dinh Diêm just torn the agreements of Geneva and refused to reunify the country by democratic election. Once again, the release of the people and the independence of the country by the armed force could not be avoided any longer.

This same year 1956 - not far from the capital of Hanoi, these `noble  and ‘respectable deserters, former prisoners', in silence, raised a monument bearing a unique message to Humanity.

In the greatest secrecy, filled with sweat and tears, brick after brick, they raised this building Gate: where fratricidal wars in the heart of people. The gate drawn up in full sky between Hell and the light diffused in darkness deploying the human force of the love extinguishing the hatred of the fratricidal wars in its centre.

A gate drawn up in the full sky between Hell and paradise! The Duty of Man built on the Virtue, reasoned …. Then the wind of History blew.

As to defy time, crossing over half of the century, “This architectural heritage the most representative of the Love of Humanity, remained imperturbable in the medium of the abandoned meadow;

Let us incline very humbly before these Great men, remained anonymous

Let us cry of shame if we forget them!

And especially when Humanity is going right to the disaster under the influence of the desire and selfishness.

Linh Quang Môn, the door of the ultimate spark, the message of peace and hope of these unknown great men, will reveal in all of us, the Duty of the Man, the protection of Life on this earth and the respect of Independence, Freedom and Happiness of each Nation for the centuries to come.

Authors :

Jacques Coudy (Paris, Judge), Dominique Franceshi (Paris, Journalist), Daniel Brun (Paris, politician), Kim Boytard (Paris, Chercheur), Jean Raoul Enfru (Paris,Senior Manager), Sarah Nguyen (Paris, Student), Thi Thai Tran (Paris, Bioengineer), Olivia Horovitz (Paris, Lawyer), Frédéric Touati (Paris, Businessman), Jonathan LE (Texas, Banker), Julie LE ( Texas, none), Thao LE (Colorado, Professor of University), Kim LE (Seattle, Entrepreneur), Christopher Chang (Miami, Businessman), Jean Luc Perez (Miami, Jurist)




The “Why?”


Bab Al Maghariba Gate Of Peace And Hope

"Linh Quang Môn" (the gate of the Ultimate spark) tells the story of the Moroccans, Tunisians, Algerians, and European soldiers taking part in the French colonial war in Vietnam. Before 1954 many joined the army of the VietMinh revolution, to fight in suffering until the victory of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

These soldiers, the majority uneducated, committed themselves in the ‘Foreign Legion’ to survive and to feed their families. They did not fight for an ideology nor for patriotism or an objective of expansion or religion. On the course of the raids and camps, they had so many times observed the atrocious scenes of pulverized homes and gardens, old men, women and innocent children massacred through battles. These scenes of sufferings strongly invaded their conscience day after day and only alcohol enabled them to forget momentarily.

Until one night, could no longer withstand the harrowing sufferings, they were guided by an invisible force, coming from the depths of their conscience: they left the camp, their rhythmic steps were moving away more and more from its place. These were the steps filled with dangers of death. From this day the questions were `Why' settled.

‘To leave’ already meant to have an interior direction of the place of arrival, even if it was not defined. ‘To leave’ was already obeying an order coming from the depth of consciousness. This call was beyond good and evil, the personal interest, of life or death, ideology and the `ism'. This call came from the ultimate spark (Linh Quang) in the supra consciousness. This point ‘ultimate spark’ was not an abstract concept: it was the path, the intuition or the divine intelligence; it was highlighted and described in "the Book of Tao Té"

"The one who knows, is quiet; the one who speaks, knows nothing”. “Above it is not perfectly clear, at the bottom it is not absolutely dark; It is impossible to name it. Turn over towards the insubstantial”

This point of ‘ultimate spark’ is already described in Suramgama (Mahayana Buddhism) and others Buddhism sutras (Hinayana and Mahayana). It is thus true that the right feeling, the right thought, the right action or ‘Buddhi’ are present within each one of us. It is also an infinite energy inside of us, having the capacity to absorb sources of supreme intelligence, harmonizing psychological imbalances; because once connected it finds all the disciplines at various levels according to the belief of the modern system of education. This energy is conceptually realistic; however it is not hardly comprehensible, visible and tangible.

It can guide the human being towards the intelligence and the love of others, moving away people out of the attachment; it brings the human being towards the Holy Spirit. That is why one named it the ultimate spark `Linh Quang'. It presents the hope to extinguish the wars and hatreds, to develop and harmonize the love for the world of today and tomorrow;


Linh Quang Môn is the message which awakens humanity to be taken out of tragedies full of tears and suffering, the message of the great confession in front of the sanctity of Life.

The Most Venerable Thích Chơn Thiện,

Hue City, Viet Nam