The Hands of The Way is a very small Rita that we use to initiate and to conclude our prayers and our Ritas. Its purpose is three-fold:
- To add energy to the Rita or prayers
- To connect our selves, our energy and mind to the Klana Way
- To solidify the philosophies of the Klana Way in our subconscious
When we make the Klana Manas, we are putting physical action together with verbal action and mental/energetic action. This corresponds with the Three Pillars of Klana, which are Family, Speech and Action.
When making the Klana Manas we are devoting that moment of our existence to Family, and we are doing so with our Actions and our Speech. By devoting ourselves to Family we are honoring Sayari by showing love and appreciation for all that she has given to us.
How Do You Make The Hands of The Way?
It is really, really simple and can be done in three simple steps.
Touching your heart with the palm of your open hand, say:
Klana: ciame wa klana
English: Forever our Family
The reason that we touch our hearts while we make this step of the Klana Manas is because Family is close to our hearts. We have one another’s love, loyalty and devotion.
Next, touching your lips with your pointer and middle fingers, say:
Klana: wa spaga
English: Our Speech
We touch our lips while making this step of the Klana Manas to solidify the connection between our words and our mouths, taking responsibility for the things we use our words to do and acknowledging our ownership of the things that we speak.
Touch your forehead, around the location of your minds eye (the indentation above your nose, between your eyes). If you need help finding it, use energy to find it. Hover your finger above your nose and between your eyes and search for the area where you feel the tingling.
Touching this area with the same pointer and middle fingers, say:
Klana: kai wa vya
English: and Our Way
We touch our mind’s eye while making this step to connect to the fact that our way is beyond pure action. It exists in a spiritual manner as well as a worldly manner. To follow our way is to live our lives according to our way, which requires more than devotion of our physical selves, but also our spiritual selves as well.
What Does The Klana Manas Mean?
It seems to be a bit of an incomplete sentence, does it not? Forever our family, our speech and our way?
It is, and it isn’t. It is meant to be that way.
In one way, it is a complete concept. Forever our family, our speech and our way. May they live on, may they be healthy, good and peaceful.
In another sense, it is intentionally incomplete. Our entire lives are one big Rita. In the fact that we exist alone we are honoring our Great Mother Sayari. By focusing our existence on existing in a peaceful, happy manner, we are also honoring L’cia, existence itself.
Why Do We Begin and End Prayers With The Hands Of The Way?
Simply put, it is adding additional energy to the prayers or Rita when made in the beginning, and adding additional energy to the carrying out of the prayers or Rita when made at the conclusion.
It also tunes our subconscious and points its gaze towards the Way. Face it, we, as human beings, need to work to keep our minds on what we want. We are often fickle creatures. We are easily distracted.
And you know what? That’s OK!