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The Inner Power of Mantras with Corrine Champigny by Julia Griffin Page 1 of 10 Vol 3, No 3        Table of The Inner Contents Feature Power of Articles Masthead Mantras Magazine with Corrine List Champigny Shopping Contact Us by Julia Griffin Sitemap Home Julia: Can you begin by telling about your work with mantras and where it has taken you in your life? Corrine: I've always loved music, and I started singing professionally at seventeen. I went to Nashville because I wanted to be a star. I started meditating because I had a really bad stomach ulcer. Very soon after that, the ulcer went completely away. I was so impressed that I took yoga classes to study mantras. Meditation with mantras caused me to focus on my inner life as opposed to my outer life. I realized it was only my ego that wanted to be a star. What I really wanted was to use my voice to heal and help others. I stopped singing completely for several years, to keep my ego in check. I started using my voice as a tool to serve God. I took a meditation class with Depak Chopra, and he found out that I could sing (I tried to hide it, but he found out). He asked me to sing for him, and I've worked for the past five years teaching yoga and mantras and singing at seminars http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/oct3/champign.htm 7/10/2006 The Inner Power of Mantras with Corrine Champigny by Julia Griffin Page 2 of 10 at his institute in San Diego. I also write chants now, and even if I just sing a pop song, the spirituality is still there. My intent is to serve. Julia: What is a mantra? Corrine: Mantra is a Sanskrit word. The mantras come from the Vedas and were written 5,000 years ago. The Vedas are thought to be much older, having been given to us 25,000 years ago. It is believed that Enlightened Beings wrote the Vedas, and these are the source of mantras. "Man" means mind and "tra" means instrument or tool, so "mantra" literally means instrument of the mind. Mantra Yoga means "union by voice or sound," and refers to the rhythmic repetition of mantras. Mantras are tools for focusing — a taxicab to take you where you want to go. When the mind is focused on a mantra, it becomes quiet, and this takes us to the soul. Eventually, the sound merges with God, and only the meditation or fixation of the mind remains. This is the way in which the mantra is used as an instrument of the mind. Julia: Do other religions have mantras? Corrine: Every religion has songs or chants. While they may not have the vibratory quality of the Vedic mantras, they are mantras nonetheless. The name and object are inseparable, so when you think of the name of Christ or Krishna, the image comes to mind with the sound. There are mantras for Tibetans, Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians. Julia: Can you tell me more about the vibratory rates of mantras? Corrine: Sanskrit is a vibration language. This means that contained in any Sanskrit sound is the potential to manifest into form. The vibratory patterns that are created by chanting mantras alter the physicality of our world. These vibratory patterns are called "Sakti." http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/oct3/champign.htm 7/10/2006 The Inner Power of Mantras with Corrine Champigny by Julia Griffin Page 3 of 10 If a group of people begins to meditate and chant OM, and there is a dish of sugar or salt, then the salt or sugar will take on the shape of that sound — not the symbol of OM, which looks like

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