A Tower of Bentinho Babble

by L. Ron Gardner

[This is my just-posted at Amazon one-star review of Bentinho Massaro's text "Super Accelerated Living."]

In my 45 years of spiritual study and practice, I have read more than 3000 texts on Awakening -- and Bentinho Massaro’s “Super Accelerated Living” might be the worst of these. I have, in my Amazon reviews, categorized some of these texts as “bottom of the barrel,” but Bentinho deserves his own category, which I’ll now designate as “beneath the bottom of the barrel.” I have umpteen pages of notes from my read of this text, but because this is just a review, I’ll focus on just a few of the innumerable notes that make clear just how out of touch from reality Bentinho really is.

Bentinho says, “There is no external reality. There has never been a reality “out there.” There has never been another person you have interacted with. There has never been an actual physical world that you have been a part of. You are not a part of anything. You are the Creator of the entirety of the Universe, of All-That-Is… Are you ready to leave behind the thought that you are the receiver of reality and realize fully that you are a God —the creator of reality?... You are God, nothing else but God.”

Want proof that there is an external reality? Take a gun and shoot yourself in front of your computer (which you didn’t create), and your computer will still be sitting on your desk, sans you, as they haul your corpse off to the morgue. If you think you are Creator of the entire Universe, try creating even a cockroach, bird mite, or flea.

Bentinho says, “The sense that there is an external reality is an illusion to begin with, so you can safely ignore it. You can safely block it out because it’s not real.”

Per Bentinho’s teaching, if someone is raping, torturing, and murdering your young daughter, you can just ignore it because it’s not real. And if you’re out driving, you can safely block out other drivers. IOW, don’t worry about downing a few six-packs before you hit the road.

Bentinho says, “Don’t care what anyone else thinks. Don’t care what they say or how they act.”

Per Bentinho, if your wife is screwing your boss, who has just impregnated her, and the two of them are planning to off you to collect the life insurance money, don’t worry about it. And if your kid is mainlining heroin and has flunked out of school, just ignore it.

Bentinho is the New Age, Millenial “Burger King” guru, who invites you to have the world just the way you want it, because it’s Your World. He says, “So, start practicing this—referring only to your own preference. Disregard everything else. Ignore all other stimuli and all other impulses. Because the belief in an external reality is no more than a habit!... This is your palette and your canvas; you can use it to create whatever you desire. Overwhelm yourself with this state until you become your environment, until you become become your creation.”
What if your desire opposes someone else’s? Say, you want to create a relationship with a hot chick, but she wants no part of you. Bentinho doesn’t consider “problems” like this, because that would complicate his simplistic “have-it your way” philosophy.

“Burger King” Bentinho not only wants us to have it “our way,” he wants us to have it “both ways,” even if the ways contradict. He says, “Create whatever you desire,” but elsewhere he informs us that “nothing new is ever created. Everything that can exist already exists, and will always exist.”

Bentinho says, “There is no end to this journey. At some point, you will be every single molecule you create.”

This is contrary to what the Buddha taught. According to him, Nirvana was the end of the journey, the end of becoming (samsara).” And, unlike Bentinho, he never babbled balderdash about you being “every single molecule you create.”
Bentinho says, “Persist in seeing only your preference, and forget about appearances and circumstances… Keep remembering to ignore that there is a circumstance happening; there is no circumstance happening.”

Per Bentinho’s “wisdom,” if it’s icy cold and pouring outside, sinply ignore it, tell yourself it’s a hot, sunny day, and head to the beach. And if your car runs out of gas on the way to the beach, tell yourself the tank is full, because that’s what you prefer, and you, of course, are always the Creator of reality, never the receiver, for as Bentinho asserts, “you have never, ever received anything.”

The questions (from students) and answers (by Bentinho) are a hoot. Here’s an example:
“Q: (Student): Why are you creating us?
A: (Bentinho): Why am I creating you? Relevance. Why are you generating me, seemingly generating you?”

The book is truly hilarious, if you don’t take it seriously. For example, Bentinho’s acolytes truly believe he knows exactly how the universe operates. They write:
“People are stuck in mediocre or unsatisfying lives simply because they don’t know the rules of the game. They have never learned how the universe really operates, mechanically or structurally. In this meeting, Bentinho first lays out the ground rules, the cosmic operating instructions (the driver’s manual!). Then he explains how to practice and apply these rules in daily life—for those who care enough to create an epic human experience.”

Here are some more “gems” from Bentinho: “Everything is static except consciousness.” You can become anything you desire to become.” “Linear time is an agreement.” “Every tiny motion, every movement, is within a completely different reality.” “One reality has nothing to do with the next moment’s reality. There is no structural causality anywhere.” “Understand that the government is not to blame for any single thing. No one is to blame for anything.” “All of the consciousnesses on planet Earth (and there are many parallel planet Earths) agreed to experience a similar collective agreement situation.” “Reality is not real.” “Do not focus on what-is. It’s not spiritual. It’s not enlightened. It’s very, very stupid. The present is a dead end… Be in a state of imagination.” “Some of my days recently have been insane—literally insane. And I wish the same for you—because there’s no going back. Once you taste this, you forget all about spirituality.”

How can one take this claptrap seriously? Simple, “Don’t get caught up in ideas of logic and reason,” says Bentinho. Instead, he says, “Priortize feeling good over any other consideration.” IOW, if it feels good, just do it, and screw logic, reason and reality (which isn’t real, per Bentinho). “All you will know,” says Bentinho, “is that you are God.”

Because I’m God, the All-Knowing, All Seeing One, I Say, with Absolute Authority, that this is a five-star text – a negative five-star text, that is. But because ignorant Amazon does recognize my Divine Status, and forces me, against my Will, to conform to their stifling, unenlightened, earthly standards, I, most reluctantly, agree to give it a single star.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

God April 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm

hahah what a fking dummy you are. you dont understand shit. silly examples. its about being more non-physical and taking a step back from all the stories that you have created. start there, there is still hope.
good luck dummy.

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L. Ron Gardner April 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Being a Bentinho spiritual fan is like being a Bieber music fan — for the birds.

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IJ April 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

Is “God” the same obnoxious pest of a cockroach ca_cicero? I wonder? I suspect that is. This insect is obsessed with Mr. Gardner and chases him around everywhere. Even in Facebook perhaps? I don’t know. I am just guessing. LOLOLOLOL!!!!Hahahaha!!!

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Jody May 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Great stuff, L.R. Thanks for taking the punch by venturing to read this stinky garbage.

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Martin Gifford May 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

If you take advaita philosophy to its logical conclusion, then Bentinho is right. So I think he is a great challenge to advaitans who seem to take up a position of pretentious aloofness.

Actually, it would be funny to see a debate between him and your average advaita guru. The advaita guru would be arguing for his or her own limitation while simultaneously claiming to be God.

Of course, the advaitan would say that it is merely Bentinho’s ego that is claiming to be God. But he can just say that it is the advaitan’s egoic fear that stops them from fully embracing their dynamic Godhood.

BTW, none of this bothers me because I’m not an advaitan. But I do like it when someone challenges the status quo.

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Shruti October 24, 2017 at 6:11 am

Funny to read comments on Advaita by people who have no clue what it is. You think the Truth is so simple and obvious and then you read comments like some of the ones here and you realise how rare true understanding is.

I won’t even go into trying to correct Mr. Martin Gifford’s misconceptions. Just to say thanks to the author of this post for calling out some of this utter B.S. that is masquerading as spirituality these days. Hearing the first 30 seconds of this guy Bentinho was already enough to know he’s not the real thing. There’s no vibration behind the words. They don’t spring from silence. In fact listening to him jabber on about his philosophy (which I admit he has taken the time to understand very very well) gives one a headache pretty quickly.

His ego is still very much intact. In fact he himself claims he’s not fully dissolved it! Why would anyone want to listen to someone who has not fully dissolved their own ego? He claims he realised he was no less enlightened than the gurus he met in India. It is true. That is what the gurus themselves always say. Each true guru makes it clear that they are not saying anything you don’t already know. But to then turn your back on them to say ‘screw you if I knew it already’, is the hugest sign of ego. It’s very sad…

In all his talks and posts that I’ve read (not too much as I started to get a headache as I said before), there is such a strong presence of ‘I. ‘I’ am doing. ‘I’ realised. etc etc…And likewise he’s telling people to use their egos to ‘do’. ‘You should embrace..’, ‘You’ should not entertain negative thoughts….’ etc etc
If there is a ‘you’ doing anything, it is not liberation.

This is the problem with the egotistic Western minds in general. They grab one piece of knowledge from India and then suddenly they’re gurus themselves (of course rejecting the tradition that gave them the knowledge, because of course, they already knew it). They understand all the concepts and so can easily fool gullible people. Especially as people in the West are realising that the church has been feeding them some nonsense for a long time, the idea that you are God yourself is appealing and challenging status quo (and of course true given ancient Indian wisdom). In India, gurus always warn the students against this tendency to teach or share before your own realisation is fully complete and to just ‘keep quiet’.

An Advaita guru would likely tell Bentinho to just shut up.

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L. Ron Gardner October 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

I think sharp spiritual teachers (such as myself) who make it clear they aren’t Self-realized gurus are OK. But I have a problem with spiritual teachers who masquerade as gurus, and with spiritual teachers who are full of shit, such as Bentinho.

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Jimbo November 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Amazing comment, Shruti. Thank you.

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SP November 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

With such intense criticism of another ‘teacher’, and with your explanation of the gun at the computer desk, it is clear that you don’t understand reality (apparent reality vs subtle reality) or, simply, how to teach. While Bentinho’s ego may be self-indulgent, he aims at trying to understand and express his experience with reality, even if confused. But if that’s true, your ego is maniacal, and aims at understanding only your own opinion of such dense aspects of reality that your bliss-state that you claim you experience constantly must be confused with flash backs of previous LSD trips.

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L. Ron Gardner November 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

SP, you said nothing substantive. Bentinho is a clown in the spiritual circus.

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Center December 9, 2017 at 1:23 am

Every instant is the test… the guru. I am studying you all and from neuron to neuron, I thank you, including Bentinho, for your expressions. We are the mind of a cosmic chaos.

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Simon Wi December 9, 2017 at 8:17 am

I keep being amazed at the amount of enmity even hatred between different members of the spiritual arena. This is the same people who don’t tire speaking of universal love and unity… If all is one, then how is Bentinho different from his critic? If nothing meaningful can be said of Truth how are the words of the critic any better than the words of the criticized? I know little about Bentinho and at this time don’t really care to find out more about him, I feel zero attraction to his teachings and yet a number of his claims like “you are the creator of the universe” are not different from claims of highly respected advaitin teachers like Nisargadatta Maharaj. Why do spiritual seekers insist a teacher should match their expectations? Why is it ok for one teacher to be a nicotine addict and chain-smoker but not so for another to be a party animal? And why are some teacher’s incoherent claims rejected and another teacher’s celebrated? Why not just let everyone choose what resonates with them even if it seems pure garbage to you? Why the need to expose one as a fake and praise another for his great wisdom?

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L. Ron Gardner December 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Eva December 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

My view is we are all the working parts of God. Like we have microscopic that are us. Not sure our microscopic parts take over and create independently though. If they do, it is just cancer or other nasties. But maybe it is just humans who are God.
The world operates on many truths. So we may feel like shit and be sick but 100% of our body is fine and dandy. We are 100% made of atoms. They do not have bad days. We are 100% sub atomic, 100% atomic, 100% molecular and 100% cellular. All have different lives to one another. All true

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