Bentinho Massaro: A spiritual rock star

Could it be that Bentinho Massaro is actually Matt Damon? That sneaking suspicion arose when I saw him in Berkeley in May 2012, and now… well, see for yourself in the photos! Don’t let his 20-something looks and Dutch accent fool you — Damon is a masterful actor.

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Okay, I’m kidding, but I did see Bentinho bentinho massaroMassaro in Berkeley and left with this impression: he is not ready for prime-time.

Bentinho began the evening with a few minutes of silence, then took an exhaustive period of time convincing everyone how exhausted they were:

Feel how tired you are. If you don’t, you won’t desire the simplicity of being…. You feel responsible for the state of the world. See how tiring that is…. You are exhausted.

He spent fifteen minutes in various descriptions of how tired we were [my contrarian nature happened to feel great that evening] before shifting to his main point:

What if there is nothing else to think about? Existence is right here…. What if there is nothing to do; no responsibility? Notice what remains naturally: the presence of consciousness, of existing. Without this, nothing else is, therefore everything else is it.

Shift attention to what is: that I exist. Increase your awareness of your exhaustion…. Notice how you are already awareness…. See how tired you are and relax.

In my notes that evening, I scrawled, “He’s pointing to a more elegant way of being in the world, but not to discovering what is beyond it.” Bentinho has a great smile; simple, pure, and direct are adjectives applied to his teaching. Yet, simple isn’t always wise. He could just be a nice guy who has had some insights, but not gone deeply into the heart of the matter.

Just exist, be, see….

Interestingly, about an hour and a half into the talk, he was asked a question by a woman struggling to understand one of his points. The was a definite change in his talk at that point. He drifted into a long monologue about even existence needing a source and how that source was indescribable. “Indescribability sources everything,” he said. At first, I thought he was breaking out of the usual “just be aware” patter that I hear from most non-duality teachers, and he was to a degree. However, it was as if he’d read about the “indescribable” and was talking about an idea he didn’t really understand. His language circled back on itself, contradicted itself, and left me feeling he was musing rather than speaking the truth.

After this unexpected detour into an uncertain source behind awareness, Bentinho returned to focusing on the act of experiencing and led the group into what seemed an impromptu guided meditation. He closed his eyes and said:

Rest as existing. [he took a slow, deep breath]
Relax as consciousness. Awareness is aware of itself. Relax even that. Consciousness itself is an experience. You cannot be whatever you see.

Then he repeated variations of these words for a long time. So much so, that I felt he was trying to fill the minutes till the 9:00 PM finish.

Since that talk, however, Bentinho Massaro grew up and became a motivational speaker! Or, rather, became a spiritual motivational speaker. And very, very slick. He now has the Trinfinity Academy with a 14 day free trial, and “no credit card needed needed until the end of your trial.” Don’t ask about the price, however, because that will not be revealed until later. It is clear Bentinho Massaro has become a spiritual rock star (in fact you can watch him dance to the beat on the intro video to the Academy). Bentinho already has two facilitators handling private coaching based on his teachings. If you are interested in exalting the ego, Bentinho is for you.

For the official Bentinho Massaro page, visit bentinhomassaro.com. Better yet, visit the super slick Trinfinity Academy where a monthly fee gets you access to the “Online School for Enlightenment and Empowerment.”

January 2017 update: And it gets even better.  Bentinho is now going to save the entire planet!  He’s waived the fee for the Trinfinity Academy and had much bigger fish to fry.  Check out his uber-ambitious plan to save everyone and everything: Trifinity Projects

Here is video of the new Bentinho Massaro:

31 thoughts on “Bentinho Massaro: A spiritual rock star”

  1. There has been so much “law of attraction” teaching in the past few decades, and each generation takes it a little further. If you limit your information/inspiration to only “spiritual” teachers, it can be hard to implement. When you include in your explorations the work of physicists and other scientists, you begin to find that there are many complex correlations, scientifically verified, to the simplistic term, “law of attraction”. Bentinho’s teachings have grown and evolved, and as a person who has explored this area of study for a very long time, I think he’s onto something. But the best proof is your own personal experience. Try the things he suggests and see if your life changes. Remaining skeptical, critical, and judgmental will probably not result in much improvement in your life – and that is why you went to see him in the first place, right?

    1. Hi Stella, Yours is a very good point. For those interested in the law of attraction, or “improvement” in their life, Bentinho might be of some help. But no, that is not why I went to see Bentinho. I went to see what he knows of the source of life and awareness, and what is beyond the personality, beyond death. That depth is clearly what he lacks.

      1. With all due respect, and from my gentlest, nudging, loving space . . . how can you possibly discern what Bentinho, or anyone else for that matter “knows of the source of life an awareness?” There is only one way . . . and that is if we acknowledge that every perception is a mirror. From that space, then could it be that Bentinho is mirroring the depth that you lack? And from the same space, I must acknowledge and thank you for bringing my skeptic and judge to the surface and into the light. Namaste, friend.

        1. Thanks for the comment Gracie. Without discernment, we are doomed to follow first one dead end and then another. You have to develop the capacity this capacity, and you do that through living a life of honesty and focusing your energy. If a frying pan is headed on a collision course with your face, it will do you no good to claim it is simply a mirror. Similarly, there are certain people it behooves us avoid.

    2. Great response. I find his teachings generous, simple, clear and effective. Elevated vibration, a breath of fresh air. The truth.

  2. Bentinho is a fraud plain and simple. While he has obviously done the homework, he is far from an enlightened being. A little google searching will yield you some insight into his history of building empire. His parents do the same thing in the Netherlands. He is nothing more than a smooth talker who has taken the teachings of others (watch a little Bashar) and touted them as his own. True enlightenment is something that one discovers for him or herself. The body mind, if you will. This is usually a gradual unfolding of the realization that there is no self. While I’m sure the sense of community is wonderful for what it is, the woo woo crowd will find it difficult to ever reach the goal…because there isn’t one. As long as Betinho and these other charlatans keep hawking enlightenment the illusion of the self will be perpetuated and the seeking will continue. Why do you think humans often end up “seeking” for 20-30 years?

    1. When one has met an enlightened being in ones life it seems that 99 percent of spiritual teachers out there are only somewhere along the way by comparison HOWEVER having said that not everyone recognizes an enlightened being and
      in addition most of us (myself included) am ill equipped to TRULY judge another’s stage. All teachers have their place. I have my own rule of thumb, if someone charges for spiritual teachings I assume they are teachers rather than completely spiritually aware. Having said that I can say I really know nothing only what has shaken my own own soul and what has not. It is a mystery. Oh I do have one other rule of thumb: If a teacher expresses strong political preferences they have a ways to go no matter how good they sound.

    2. Can you please cite your references concerning his and his familiy’s history?? I can’t find these “insights into his history of building empire”…

  3. This is truly an extraordinary man. Whether one agrees with everything he says, he is the embodiment of his teaching. I’ve never known anyone as transparent and authentic. Speaking for myself and my family and the people I have met at his retreats, I can say with conviction that our appreciation of life has been greatly improved because of him.

      1. Oh my god, how absolutely horrific!!! What an awful, naive and terrible vision!!! So…nothing needs fixing, saving, restoring etc. Even if true, are you willing to continue following the infinite traces of your own mind in order to perpetuate your need to feel right or righteous? I am not a follower of Mr. B’s, however, your “guidance” lands like an authoritarian, old school slap in the face of anything or anyone who might be generating a less than perfected version of a way towards freedom. I celebrate and support your questioning and I celebrate and support his. Consensual application of any theory is always the big clue. Perhaps trusting that many of us can make up our minds to “join” this, that or t’other would be delicious. Just saying…

          1. Not exactly a comment on this particular guy, but just a broader point about the notion of spiritual awakening/enlightenment. In the more intellectual spiritual circles – such as the ones you inhabit – there is tendency to look down upon those who see the spiritual search as a quest for peace, happiness etc. They would rather pursue the “Truth”. But my question is this : how do you know that you have found this “truth”? Is there a confirmation from God or some higher being ? I am guessing not.

            There is probably some sort of subjective experience that makes the seeker believe that they have figured this stuff out. The key word is “subjective” – it’s all in the head. There is no way that anyone else can be sure that the person has actually found the Holy Grail. In fact, if the seeker/finder is to be completely honest and analytically rigorous about their experience, they’d have to acknowledge that even they can’t be sure that they’ve found the “Truth”. An inner spiritual experience – no matter how strong and vivid – is qualitatively no different from a dream or hallucination. Unless of course it could be verified by someone else or tested “out there” in the world. And as we know neither is possible, not least because post-realization many seekers discount the very existence of “others” or “the world”.

            So what makes these “awakened” folks – and I am including such luminaries as Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta and Rose – believe that they are not deluding themselves ? I think the only plausible answer is that the realization leaves them with unconditional inner peace. That IS the ultimate yardstick.

            In this context, I find the experience of Eckhart Tolle to be quite instructive. He had no exposure to spiritual teachings at the time of his own awakening. So all he was able to say was that he had found peace; the how and the why wasn’t revealed to him. As such, there was no real “truth-realization”, just the dissolution of suffering. It was later that he framed a teaching around the experience, a teaching which, I dare say, doesn’t quite seem to lead too many others to awakening.

            Sorry for the long ramble, but I just felt that framing enlightenment as an epistemological event – which “reveals” something – is perhaps misleading, though it has an intellectual appeal. The only certain fact that can be stated about Awakening is that it “ends suffering”, as the Buddha is supposed to have said. The conceptual frameworks that teachers weave around it are the products of their own minds, which could be more or less reasonable, but unverifiable all the same.

            Would love to know your thoughts.

          2. Hi Amit,

            A hope you realize you attack frameworks, but then simply present another framework. The only difference being that this particular framework appeals to you. Thus we go round and round. How do you know you have dissolved the suffering? The same way you know you have found the truth.

            What matters is to dissolve the suffering (which is the exact same thing as “reveal the truth”).

  4. I have really enjoyed the simplicity of what Bentinho is saying. Yep, of course he is rehashing what others have said but he is also dropping unnecessary complexities from the same teachers. He is trying to focus primarily upon energy, vibration and how we feel pointing towards what our higher self wants for us on this planet… and I love that he points out that God does not want us to search for him or her but to experience life to the fullest.

  5. Thank you so much for this post. He speaks demonic gibberish. Its laughable if it weren’t so sad. The Holy Spirit has given each of us the spirit of discernment. “Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.”

  6. If his words are pointing me to a place that resonates and it doesn’t feel manipulative I am open until something changes.

  7. Bentinho has the beguiling power of the Guru. He behaves like Krisna and the gopis. Literally. There are flocks of beautiful young women who follow him. I even see some of them defending him here in these comments. This is what the Guru desires. It’s easy to see that he is selfish. No master ever points to himself.

  8. It’s pretty impossible for a lot of people not to need to be led. It’s impossible for some people not to need to lead. It’s really sad that both parties will inevitably come crashing down at some point. This chap will have a few more years playing the game of guru and depending how he played it, the crash will be very painful. Just look carefully at him. Does he really look secure? Solid. Or are the cracks already beginning to show.
    Real enlightenment is knowing your own truth. Not someone else’s. sit down and breath. The real revolution has begun. Enlightenment has no followers and no leaders. Boom!

  9. He is saying many correct things. His problem is he is still very ego identified so thus he casts himself as special. I do feel if he is able to be authentic throughout his journey he can only really aid those who are going along their paths in similar situations. I do not believe he has manipulative intentions. He just still has belief in his small self. I have noticed it clearly the times I listened to him. This is what you are picking up on for why to avoid. The truth is many people may want to listen to them when like him they too still have belief in their small selves. Ultimately each of us will have to go beyond this point. I hope he gets there and brings his audience with him.

  10. Tnx for the commenter who said his parents work in the Netherlands. I think I found his father if he is named Arturo and lives in Limburg. He is a coach. He’s not a guru or doesnt have a big institute. They were not poor, as Benthino states in an interview with Dutch maartje or klaartje from “money = love” or something. His father was working in his youth at the towns council/ government and later as a manager at a big energy company. They were middle class. When BM was about 14-15 his father and mother and him talked at the camping about why they’re here on earth. His father works since BM was around 12-13 as a trainer.

    And about the article: Yes. I agree. A friend send the link. I’m into spirituality, so I watched some talks and was captured by his presence but then I found his content was superficial and I started seeing through his words that are scathered over the web, a rather narcissistic person. Narcissists can be very charming. But well, I guess the universe has its ways. And maybe he is helping others. It seems so.

  11. I always say that Bentinho Massaro will be back at satsangs with Mooji, for example, in no time 🙂
    I just “unfollowed” him on facebook because he provides zero value.

  12. My image of him is this, egoland boy who findout that many people say to him that hi is so wise and he can help others to understand what is all about, but on the way make money and live like new age guru. The best part of his I am is that hi love himself on the outside but hi teach about your inner higher self , hi let the ego to took over after hi get some glimpses of the true. Watching people like him and learn how mind can play game with you even when you play someone who does not give fuck, big show, big show…love

  13. Not only shall the truth set you free, but you should never ever have to pay for it. Truth is not for sale. This selling truth is the American way. If it costs money, it must be worth while. My religion is compassion. My Dharma is selfless service. My ego is in your hands to do as you wish. Vapassana is the great healer. Love is the path. We live that we may learn to love, and we love that we may learn to live. There is no other lesson.

  14. A huge dose of what he says is precisely what was being taught and lectured about by Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert), back in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s fairly straightforward epistemology, with a side order of putative cosmology. Nothing here is horribly wrong, untrue or inaccurate, as far as I can discern. The biggest difference is that Richard Alpert never charged for attending his lectures. Everything was open and free to attend, for anyone and everyone who could fit into the room. And there was never any hawking of Ram Dass merchandise! I was privileged to do some one-on-one work with him in NYC. Again, no charge for anything…ever…although free will donations were always welcomed, to defray the cost of his national and international travels. Ram Dass was (and is) the real thing, in terms of spiritual teachers who also possess tremendous compassion as well as psychological insight. As for Massaro…well…you pay your money and you take your chances…LOL!

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