Unfolding the spiritual journey of Bentinho Massaro is akin to unwrapping a mysterious but inviting package. Bentinho, a dynamic explorer of reality, embarks on a journey from mundane to mystical, revealing how life’s early whispers of a boundless existence propelled him into the boundless skies of spiritual inquiry.
Growing up, Bentinho was a vessel of endless curiosity, convinced that everything was possible. This unshakable belief formed the lens through which he saw the world—a place where he could be ‘Superman,’ where the supernatural wasn’t just a whimsy but a reality waiting to be discovered. However, around the age of 12, the drapes of the mundane began to close around him, stifling his sense of limitlessness. He felt himself becoming just another face in the crowd, enveloped in the dramas of earthly existence. But like a river destined to meet the ocean, Bentinho’s inner reality sought to break free from the encumbrances of societal conformism.
He ventured into exploring the mysteries that beckoned him since childhood—embarking first on the practice of telekinesis. But soon, the thirst for a deeper understanding drove him to dig beyond superficial manifestations of the supernatural. His heart craved a rendezvous with the source of it all—the ‘everything is possible’ that echoed through the corridors of his being. Bentinho realized the need to pivot towards understanding the source of life itself rather than getting tangled in its superficial expressions.
His quest led him to the sacred grounds of Rishikesh, India, known as the birthplace of yoga—a journey that felt like tracing the veins of ancient wisdom back to the heart of spiritual enlightenment. In the land where the sacred Ganges flowed, Bentinho delved into the profound texts of “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, while engaging in rigorous meditative practices. Though, even amongst the serenity of Rishikesh, the traditional path felt like a circular motion around the truth rather than a straight arrow towards it.
The enlightenment he sought seemed to demand a departure from the choreographed dance of traditional practices. It beckoned him to step into an unchoreographed space where direct experience was the guru. Bentinho’s readings of Osho and his engagement in non-dual teachings started peeling layers off the mystery he sought to unravel. He realized that the source, the clarity, the enlightenment he sought, was not a distant shore to be reached but a realization to be embraced. It was about recognizing the perennially present awareness that remained undiminished amidst the cacophony of worldly distractions.
An often-referred quote in spiritual circles by T.S. Eliot beautifully encapsulates Bentinho’s journey: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Bentinho’s journey is a beautiful expression of this truth, showing that the mystical isn’t an escape but an intimate embrace of the ever-present.
Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the stillness of being, Bentinho discovered the boundless essence that cradled not just him, but the entirety of existence.
His story is a beckoning for all with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, that the path to enlightenment is not a pursuit but a realization, not a becoming but a returning.