Thirty-year-old Bentinho Massaro has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, supporters that the spiritual guru gained through his teachings about self-realization, enlightenment, and the idea of upgrading civilization.
While some of Massaro’s ideas are pretty standard, like the importance of silent meditation, others are controversial: he’s said that 9/11 was an inside job, that he can control the weather, and that human beings might one day join forces with extraterrestrials.
For an inside look at Massaro’s teachings, VICE went to one of his retreats in the Netherlands, speaking with his colleagues, followers, and Massaro himself to try to understand exactly what the appeal is—and what he makes of the accusations against him.
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