How to Choose Mala Beads - According to an AI Robot

How to Choose Mala Beads - According to an AI Robot

For this blog, we have a special guest...

I asked ChatGPT to write an article on how to choose Mala Beads for me. For those that are not aware, ChatGPT is chatbot that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and responds to any questions that you may have. Elon Musk calls the tech 'scary good' and says that we aren't too far from 'dangerously strong AI'.

However, just as soon as I finished reading its response and putting this blog together, I faced a dilemma. A mala is an important spiritual tool, and many of our customers place their trust in us for honest and reliable advice. I did not feel comfortable in putting this out there. Creating content at Tibet Shop Sydney requires the right effort and intention on my part, something that wasn't there as far as copy/paste form an AI chatbot is concerned. At the same time, the knowledge and structure of the article impressed me. Afterall, the purpose of the AI is to simulate human intelligence and know-how. This post isn't really about choosing Mala Beads but more so about Artificial Intelligence, and where we are at. 

It also made me think of the future, businesses that  provide content creation services and how we may be reading things on the internet that lack human imagination and effort (other than the engineers behind the technology).  

If you are after human written content (like the rest of this website) on Malas, please see the links below:

1. How 108 bead malas are used

2. Our Mala Range & Sourcing Them

3. Mala Beads: A Sacred Tool


From ChatGPT

Mala beads, also known as prayer beads, are a traditional tool used in meditation and prayer. They consist of 108 beads, which are used to recite mantras or prayers. Mala beads can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, gemstones, and seeds. Choosing the right mala bead for your practice can be a meaningful and personal decision. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a mala bead.

  1. Material: Mala beads can be made from a variety of materials, each with its own unique properties. Wooden beads have a natural, earthy feel, while gemstones are believed to have healing properties. Seeds, like rudraksha and lotus, are also popular choices for mala beads. Consider which material resonates with you and aligns with your spiritual practice.

  2. Size: Mala beads come in different sizes, and it's important to choose a size that feels comfortable in your hand. Consider how you will be using your mala beads - if you'll be wearing them as a necklace, you'll want to choose a smaller size, while larger beads may be more comfortable for holding during meditation.

  3. Color: Mala beads come in a wide range of colors, and each color is associated with different properties. For example, red is associated with passion and energy, while blue is associated with peace and tranquility. Consider which color aligns with your intentions and goals for your spiritual practice.

  4. Quality: Mala beads are an investment and should be of high quality. Make sure to choose a reputable supplier and check for any signs of damage or wear on the beads.

  5. Personal connection: Mala beads are a personal tool for spiritual practice, and it's important to choose a mala bead that resonates with you on a personal level. Consider the energy and intention you want to bring to your practice, and choose a mala bead that aligns with that energy.

Remember that the most important thing when choosing a mala bead is that it resonates with you and your practice. Take your time and trust your intuition when making your selection. Your mala bead should be a meaningful and cherished tool that you can use to deepen your spiritual practice.


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