Introduction


Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated 2007) Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship. Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Monday, December 31, 1984

December 1984 Notes

From the Fellowship of Friends Wiki Page:

[ed. - Thoughts from "The Teacher," Robert Burton, with apparent index number shown.]
Most of the Angels who are assisting us played the role of an artist. Thus, the artistic essence of our outside help has dictated the form of the ark. Virtually all that remains of past civilizations are the conscious beings who evolved within their environment and the timeless works of art that they themselves left or that were produced somehow as a result of their influence. We will try to preserve what is best from all ages. We must learn to measure the scale of the visual arts and literature by the standard achieved by the ancient Greeks. (120184.32)

Wednesday, October 31, 1984

October 1984 Notes

"Paul Gregory" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 5, 2013:

[ed. - Quotes from "The Teacher," Robert Burton from this time period, with apparent index numbers shown:]

What is the point of having children if one is going to lose oneself in them? In right order, however, they bring another dimension to one’s life. How wonderful it will be to be able to give the ark to our successors. (100184.84)

From the Fellowship of Friends Wiki Page:

[ed. - Thoughts from "The Teacher," Robert Burton, with apparent index number shown.]
The Fellowship of Friends is a mysterious play whose author is an unknown angel. We understand the script as each day is completed. We are being bred to survive a nuclear holocaust. History affords us no examples of major powers disarming themselves, and so it would be naïve to expect disarmament in our age. We have little time left. An ark is designed to withstand the destruction of humanity and to become life again. (100184.87)

Student: As a man number six, do you find that you are teaching less?
Teacher: No. I am far from having reached my prime. In addition to working for our School in the present, much of my work is to prepare for civilizations to come. (100184.59)

Tuesday, July 31, 1984

July 1984 Notes

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [summarized]
June 16, 1984 celebration for the completion of the bottle-storage (first) level of the winery.

Under the dome, erected in July 1978, concrete pads have been poured for the stainless steel fermentation tanks. To date, 64,500 gallons of wine holding capacity has been installed, that is, 40 per cent of the total planned. About 75 per cent of the mechanical equipment for the winery has already been purchased and installed and is now operating...Facilities are nearly ready to bottle the vintages of recent years.

[Discussion of concrete batching, pouring, construction]
At the present rate of construction, the barrel-storage (second) level walls, already begun, and ceiling should be completed by September, 1985. With the finishing of the barrel-storage level, work can proceed then on the completion of the upper (third level) of Renaissance Winery.

[Discussion of grape growing season]

Meeting and Performance Schedule
August 3: Renaissance Meeting
August 18: California Meeting
August 25: Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, by the Troupe de Amis


"Bares Reposting" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 19, 2012:
97. Fee fi fo fum

‘Can you say more about Bengt’s possible suicide? I knew he had died, but not the circumstances.’
From the Greater Fellowship site, In Memoriam:
Bengt Lungren
Died: Summer of 1984.
Cause of death: Gunshot, suicide.
Posted by J. M. G., September 2, 2009:
‘Bengt was a wonderful friend in the brief time I knew him. We met at Renaissance and hit it off immediately in conversation. Later we both had left the Fellowship and he and his wife had moved to SF and joined the G. Foundation, working with Jacob Needleman as group leader at the old meeting place, St Elmo. I moved to SF to join the Foundation and just before I left Seattle (Summer of 1984) I got a call that Bengt had shot himself with a revolver in his home. This death still shocks me because he had so much I wanted to know more about. Bengt, thank you for your kindness to me and the encouragement to my soul. I hope you have peace.

Sunday, July 1, 1984

Guidelines for Prospective Student Meetings

First Meeting
Avoid discussion of the Ray of Creation.
Payments are mentioned but not discussed at length.
It is fine to mention Renaissance and Robert Burton.
Second Meeting
Mention the "centre of gravity" for Mr. Gurdjieff, Mr. Ouspensky, Mr. Collin and Mr. Burton.
Third Meeting
Mention the days of the week in French.
Avoid angles on the "type" of a country, and the Martial-Mercurial natural repulsion.
Seven minutes discussion on each type is the maximum suggested time.
Discuss privately after the meeting the topic of joining with those prospective students that ask.
A $100.00 or ten percent (10%) of gross monthly income is to be brought to the first meeting, in money order or certified check.


Tuesday, June 19, 1984

Samuel L. Sanders Lawsuit summary

[ed. - See also Samuel Sanders Letter and Suit Against Yuba Sect Leader Settled.]
On June 6, 1984, Case Number 36937 was filed in Superior Court of California, County of Yuba, by Samuel L. Sanders, Plaintiff, versus Defendants: Fellowship of Friends, Inc., a corporation; Robert Burton; Miles Barth; Frank Annis; Gerard Haven; Helga Ruth Mueller; Abraham Goldman; Charles Frank; Charles Randall; Clair Bowen; and Does 1 through 50, inclusive.

The Lawsuit Complaints:

1. Fraud

2. Conspiracy to defraud

3. Breach of fiduciary duty

4. Conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty

5. Injunction

6. Damages

[ed. - From the ICSA website, link no longer functional.]
Fellowship of Friends

Rabbit Creek (California) Journal

June 19, 1984

Samuel L. Sanders, a former member of the Fellowship of Friends, led by onetime elementary school teacher Robert Burton and based in part on the teachings of Russian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff and his student P.D. Ouspensky, has brought suit for $2.75 million against Burton, 8 other named defendants, and 50 John Does for crimes ranging from fraud to sexual perversion.

The complaint, filed June 6 in Yuba County Superior Court of California, charges that Burton and the Fellowship’s board of directors conspired to funnel money out of the Fellowship for their own enrichment. It also alleges that Burton used mind control to bring the membership under complete submission to his will, that he sodomized young male members, sometimes by force, resulting in “serious and in some cases irreparable mental and physical damage,” and that the board of directors adopted a resolution endorsing his behavior. An injunction prohibiting Burton from engaging in “perverted sexual conduct” without informing partners that such activity is not part of the Fellowship’s “Fourth Way” philosophy is also sought.

Fellowship of Friends, which claims 1,500 members worldwide, is headquartered at the 1,000 acre Renaissance complex, which includes a winery and an art collection valued at $1 million, located in Oregon House, California. Mr. Burton and the other defendants denied the charges brought in the suit and said they would “stand on the reputation they have built with the community.”

"Cathie L." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 29, 2015:
How I Left the School and Got a Life

In 1984-85, I was working at a law office in Marysville. One of the attorneys there was working with the FOF on defending the suit that had been been filed by Sanders et al. I had access to privileged information, depositions, by which I learned what had “allegedly” been going on at the Blake Cottage/Galleria. I put “allegedly” in quotes because it was intuitively clear to me that these allegations were true.

I had lived in the Court of the Caravans in the late 1970s, before the Blake Cottage was torn down. I remember seeing young male students walking back and forth from the cottage on the road to the Lincoln Lodge, or outside my caravan window, cutting across the field in the small hours of the morning. At the time I thought nothing of it, but when I read the depositions, one of which was by a man I personally knew, it all started to fall into place. Prior to that, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I remember thinking what a hypocrite Robert was, with all anti-infrasex exercises like “no sex before marriage” and “no relationships for one year after ending one.” I had thought he was celibate! Poor little fool, oh yeah, I was a fool, oh yeah.

I left in 1985, around the time MB [Miles Barth] left. I moved to the Bay Area where my parents had a home; I hadn’t severed all ties with them, fortunately. I got a job at a law firm in San Francisco, where another FOF student happened to work. Thank goodness for networking!

[Coincidentally with post #47 about the failed rocket launch today, I was working at this San Francisco law firm when the space shuttle Challenger exploded in January 1986. I remember the employees assembling in the conference room to watch the newscast, and the sense of deep sorrow and shock I felt, especially about Christa McAuliffe’s death. Another story….]

MB held a large meeting for former students around that time (late 1985- early 1986?) He spoke to the group about his reasons for leaving, but I can’t recall what he said. Maybe what he said was, “I’m not going to talk about my reasons for leaving.” [ed. - Exactly.]

He announced that he intended to start a series of small groups if anyone was interested, to continue discussing the Fourth Way ideas that he felt had value, whatever could be salvaged from the wreckage, I guess. He seemed to want to continue teaching. I signed up for the groups and went to several meetings at MB’s apartment in San Francisco. This was extremely valuable to me as a way of processing the departure from the cult and maintaining some kind of connection with ideas I still believed were useful, and with people who shared an interest in them. Eventually I moved on.

In the mid-1990s, Stella started an email group for former members on a toadhall.com listserv (some of you Internet old-timers may remember what a listserv is!) There was a lot of material “processed” there as well. One project that grew out of Stella’s list was a chapbook of poetry by list members. It was called Virtual Exposure. I still have a copy of it. In 1995, someone from the toadhall list published a directory, with names, former names, and addresses, an interesting bit of FOF history and memorabilia, which I also still have.

Ames Gilbert wrote: “We also admitted that, though we had new friends, they were few and far between, and even fewer with which one could have a conversation like we were having right then and at the level of what we felt we were communicating.”

That’s true for me too. You had to be there to really understand it. The ties run deep. Maybe that’s something many former cult members, and perhaps soldiers, survivors of concentration camps and other shared trauma, have in common.

Wednesday, June 13, 1984

[ed. - Place holder only. An article about the Fellowship of Friends reported by Jeff Ackerman appeared in the Yuba City Valley Herald.]

Saturday, June 9, 1984

'Friends' Chief Sued In Sex, Funds Charges


Appeal-Democrat, June 9, 1984

The head of the Fellowship of Friends is accused in a lawsuit filed by a former director of the organization of being a sexual pervert who has used his position to prey on young, male members and to milk the organization's coffers for his own benefit.

And the suit charges that Fellowship leader Robert Burton has developed a paranoid "psychological set" resembling "the murderous teachings of Jonestown."

Former Fellowship director Samuel L. Sanders seeks a court order prohibiting Burton from "participating in perverted sexual conduct" with members without first informing them in writing "that such perverted sexual activities have no relationship with The Fourth Way or philosophies" of the Fellowship.

Sanders also asks the court to prohibit Burton and Fellowship directors from entering into any financial transactions without first informing the membership and obtaining approval of a majority of the board of directors. In addition, he seeks $2.5 million punitive damages and $250,000 general and special damages.

Named defendants in the suit filed in Yuba County Superior Court are Burton and Fellowship directors Miles Barth, Frank Annis, Gerard [sic] Haven, Helga Ruth Mueller, Abraham Goldman, Charles Frank, Charles Randall and Clair Bowen, and 50 John Does.

The Fellowship of Friends is a philosophical-religious organization headquartered in Oregon House, where it owns more than 1,000 acres of land and operates a vineyard and winery. It has more than 1,500 active members, according to the suit filed by Sanders.

According to the suit, Sanders joined the Fellowship in Los Angeles in 1975 and devoted "thousands of hours of his time without compensation...made money donations...exceeding $100,000, and expended
additional of his funds...in an amount exceeding $50,000."

It was not until last November, according to the complaint, that Sanders "was reliably informed for the first time that Burton was a sexual pervert and was unlawfully preying upon and doing injury to young men who were members of the defendant corporation."

Sanders was "reliably informed," according to the complaint, that Burton "was and had been from the onset of the formation of the defendant corporation, using his god-figure role as teacher, as well as the philosophical, emotional and intellectual aspects of The Fourth Way, in a manner calculated to gain absolute dominion and control over the victims of his perverted sexual appetites."

The complaint alleges, "That a number of young men who had been forcefully and unlawfully seduced by Burton had suffered serious, and in some cases irreparable, mental and physical damage..."

Sanders learned, according to the complaint, that several Fellowship members, both male and female, "were not only aware of Burton's ongoing acts of unlawful perversion, they were actually aiding and abetting such activities by (1) recruiting likely candidates therefor and (2) secretly conspiring with Burton to use the philosophies and instrumentalities of (the Fellowship) to further and encourage those activities."

The complaint says Saunders brought his allegations before Fellowship directors March 4 and "was astounded to learn for the first time that several members of the board of directors had known of Burton's sexual activities and conquests within the membership...for a significant period of time and had actually aided and abetted such acts."

Sanders also was "astounded to learn," according to the complaint, that other Fellowship directors "formed a unanimous coalition supporting the status quo and thereby in effect endorsing and ratifying Burton's past and supposedly future sexual forays among the young male members of the organization."

The board adopted a resolution stating "that the Founding Minister be informed by the President that the board is reviewing his personal relationships, that any such relationships be consensual and that the Board is considering the formal discussion of the Founding Minister's personal relationships within the general membership of the Church," according to the complaint.

Shortly thereafter, Sanders was [released?] out of the organization by Burton, and the action was ratified by the Fellowship's ministerial committee March 18, according to the complaint.

The complaint charges Burton "and his co-conspirators" with concocting a scheme to:

"a. Use and abuse the fiduciary relationship between the defendant Burton and the defendant corporation on the one hand and the members and contributors to the defendant corporation on the other hand for their personal unlawful gain, and

"b. To use and abuse the fiduciary relationship existing between the defendant Burton, as founding minister, and selective members of the defendant corporation for the express purpose and intent of performing unlawful and perverted sexual acts upon the persons of said members."

"In recent days," according to the complaint, "and under the guise that financial, political, and social Armageddon is imminent throughout the world, the defendants without the advice, consent or knowledge of the membership...have been liquidating, diverting and secreting the income and assets of the defendant corporation in a manner calculated to deny its members access to or use of said diverted assets and to deny its creditors just compensation for the debts of defendant corporation.

"This course of conduct has as its calculated objective the enrichment of Burton and some or all of the other individual defendants named herein," the complaint alleges.

"In recent days," the complaint alleges, "Burton has developed a psychological set, as a direct and proximate result of his personal evolution in the dissemination of the false and fraudulent premises upon which he has constructed and operated the defendant corporation...to a paranoic level closely identified with the murderous teachings of 'Jonestown', expecting and insisting that the 'true' membership of the Fellowship blindly follow and adhere to his self destructive beliefs."

Thursday, May 31, 1984

May 1984 Notes

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult Goethe Academy Library
Goethe Academy Library, April 1984 (Photo: James Kline)

"Paul Gregory" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 5, 2013:

[ed. - Quotes from "The Teacher," Robert Burton from this time period, with apparent index numbers shown:]

California is a magical place, especially since influence C is making its stand here. The state which has always represented home will fulfill its promise. There are more Angels hovering around Renaissance than any place on earth. (051584.613)

"Renaissance Vine" [Summarized]
Two new paintings added to the Fellowship collections: "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" by Bernardino Luini and "Still Life with Baskets of Fruit and Fish" by Luca Forte.

[Details of Fellowship's lending library]

Photographs: Berensen Study, Academy library, jeweled book on loan to the Fellowship, Lao Tzu Library.

The Teacher has suggested that a compilation of work "I"s be made to use for a forthcoming journal. Members are encouraged to send those work "I"s that they have found useful to Renaissance.

The next two journals to be printed will be from the Teacher. They are being edited while the Renaissance Press works on a number of delayed projects.

The Fellowship will reopen centres in Dallas, Texas, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Kansas City, Missouri. Our first South American centre will be opened in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Members who wish to support the Fellowship's efforts to reach magnetic centres in these cities are encouraged to move there.

Meeting and Performance Schedule
May 11: Renaissance Meeting
May  19: Istvan Nadas, piano
May 26: California Meeting
May 27: Reading: Mystical Poetry
Other Notes
At Renaissance, a guard house has been added at the property entrance.

Monday, April 30, 1984

April 1984 Notes

Lao Tzu Library at the Lincoln Lodge, April 1984 (Photo: James Kline)

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
Photographs: pneumatic pruning shear, trellising, grafted vines.

This year, about 11,000 vines were grafted over to Cabernet Sauvignon, White Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Joanne Hudson "completed her role" [ed. - Fellowship euphemism for dying] on March 20, 1984.

Sunday, April 1, 1984

Fellowship of Friends "Payment Guidelines"


[ed. - The Fellowship of Friends Board of Directors issue this on April Fools Day! Clearly, in this church, "donations" are not optional. The letter also provides an example of a liberty the Fellowship took. The artwork for the gold-stamped Fellowship of Friends logo was an exact copy of the City of Oakland, California logo.]


Saturday, March 31, 1984

March 1984 Notes

Winery barrel room construction commences, circa Spring 1984

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
Members may bring visitors to Renaissance for a guided tour on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Photo: hand-produced bricks. "The aim is to begin building with Renaissance bricks in the summer."

Meeting and Concert Schedule
March 2: Renaissance Meeting
March 3: An American Night: The Renaissance Players
March 9 and 10: Istvan Nadas, piano and the Philadelphia String Quartet
March 17: California Meeting
March 24 and 25: Roy Bogas, piano and the Renaissance Orchestra
March 31: Primavera Ball

Sunday, March 4, 1984

Samuel Sanders Letter to the Fellowship of Friends Board of Directors

Samuel Sanders letter, from Internet Archives

From Stella Wirks' website:
Samuel Sanders Tries to Help FOF

The following Letter to the Board of Directors, Fellowship of Friends, was presented by Samuel L. Sanders, one of the FOF board members, in an attempt to have the Board of Directors take appropriate action to censure the unethical and criminal behavior of Robert E. Burton, self-professed prophet of the Fellowship of Friends.

(Around this same time, a precedent was set for this by the San Francisco Zen Center which had done the same for their leader for similar activities, and had given their leader a year off as leader to get straightened out with counseling or whatever. This had given some hope to FOF members that something similar could be accomplished.)

It was not discovered until later that Burton's unethical activity already had transpired unabated for fourteen years!

Samuel's letter to the Board:
March 4, 1984

Dear Friends,

What is to be said can only be heard through your heart. Please try to listen from that part. For a long time we have been part of a criminal process which has hurt many individuals. Some of these individuals have been sacrificed because we have chosen not to listen to our conscience.

Robert has over the years pursued and sodomized young men. He has used his position to seduce these young men with the promise of immortality. His actions are simply that of a degenerate being no matter how refined. We in our blindness have allowed some dear individuals to be defiled and damaged by his appetites. Our omission, and it is one in the strictest sense, is allowing it to continue.

Some of these young men have become seriously psychologically impaired through this process. Yet we go on minimizing it because it is safer not to know. These acts are a violation of Robert's position. If we excuse this by saying that it is his privilege or his private weakness we are both accomplice and victim. If it is allowed to continue, the karma which we attract will bring down our school and leave very heavy stains on our being. It is simply not worth the contamination wrought.

There may be much discomfort which comes from these words. But please try to think of the anguish some of these young men have been subject to in the name of evolution; and ask yourself whether you would knowingly, as a higher being, conduct your life in this way.

Can you truly accept that one can enter higher worlds by such actions? Would you wish to enter these worlds by such acts? This reasoning leads to one final not-so-profound conclusion; the Emperor is indeed very naked and we sadly provide his mantle.

Robert is a victim also. The highest that one can extend him is compassion and help. If one becomes angered at him or oneself or me the cycle continues. He is and will be confused and hurt by these actions. Yet firmness and equanimity are what is needed. We do great harm to our school and our being should we choose not to act.

We have talked and preached an ethic of love and acting for the higher right. Now is the time to be the words. It would also be a solemn and humane act for us to help the young men who have been hurt and damaged by Robert. It would be a proper legacy to pass on to the next generation.

If you find in your solitude that fear and or the wish to defend has kept you from hearing what has been said, you lose a very dear friend. You lose yourself!

In friendship,


Samuel L. Sanders

Update within a day:
The Board of Directors would not discuss this letter or its contents and closed the meeting to "think about it." The next day, unbeknownst to Samuel Sanders, the Board of Directors voted to remove Samuel as a Board member and excommunicate him from the Fellowship of Friends.

On June 6, 1984, Case Number 36937 was filed in Superior Court of California, County of Yuba, by Samuel L. Sanders, Plaintiff, versus Defendants: Fellowship of Friends, Inc., a corporation; Robert Burton; Miles Barth; Frank Annis; Gerard Haven; Helga Ruth Mueller; Abraham Goldman; Charles Frank; Charles Randall; Clair Bowan; and Does 1 through 50, inclusive.

The Lawsuit Complaints:

    1.    Fraud
    2.    Conspiracy to defraud
    3.    Breach of fiduciary duty
    4.    Conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty
    5.    Injunction
    6.    Damages


During this time, Stella Wirk still was publishing a small newsletter called "The WirkShop," in which she had reported on the lawsuit and letters to the editor contained comments about the situation. Unfortunately, due to the fact that Stella and Harold were out of the group, the members of FOF who subscribed to the paper had subsequently cut off their subscriptions per FOF rules about not communicating with former members in any way. (Part of the conspiracy is that the usual line given members is "If you don't communicate with former members, they have a better chance to come back into the teaching!" The "Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap" approach, and it works.) 

Abraham Goldman, lawyer for the Fellowship of Friends, brought a copy of "The WirkShop" to court and asked the presiding judge to put a "gag order" on the case, and charged that Stella was "out to destroy the Fellowship" with gossip and slander. The "gag order" was ordered by the Judge, all this without any notification to Stella Wirk. The result was that none of the participants in the lawsuit were permitted to speak about it to each other or anyone else!

(Abraham Goldman has gone so far as to state publicly for newspaper articles that Stella is merely a "disgruntled former member" who is leading a *conspiracy* to destroy the FOF because of a personal vendetta against Burton! Stella finds it amusing that a lawyer would make such a ridiculous statement. A conspiracy to expose the truth?)

The outcome of the lawsuit, some three or so years later, was that it was settled out of court. That is, the Fellowship of Friends made a financial settlement payment to Samuel Sanders, and the case was over and would not go to trial. Samuel was not permitted to reveal the financial nature of the settlement, due to the "gag order" and Robert Burton told members of the Fellowship of Friends that the case was "dropped for lack of evidence," or words to this effect, lying to the FOF membership.

It was considered by members to be a 4th Way Work effort to follow Robert's task of not speaking about this issue among the members, which effectively gagged most of the FOF and thus insuring the secret life of Robert Burton would remain secret for several more years.

Tuesday, February 28, 1984

February 1984 Notes

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult Renaissance Winery barrel room construction
Pouring a concrete column on the bottle storage level of the winery (Photo: James Kline)

"Renaissance Vine" newsletter [Summarized]
Photos: Pouring a concrete column on the bottle storage level of the winery, and German white oak barrels in which the red wine vintages prior to 1983 are maturing.

Members who wish to dance at Fellowship social events are encouraged to learn how to waltz in the Viennese style.

February 1:
Renaissance Meeting
February 18:
California Meeting
February 25:
Istvan Nadas, piano
The Fellowship has opened town new centres: Dublin, Ireland, and Edinburgh, Scotland. The Santa Barbara Centre has reopened.


Tuesday, January 31, 1984

January 1984 Notes

German white oak barrels in which the red wine vintages prior to 1983 are maturing. (Photo: James Kline)

[ed. - Absent in the below quotations from Robert Burton is mention of the financial collapse Burton had for years predicted would occur at this time, triggering a three and a half year depression.]

"Paul Gregory" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 5, 2013:

[ed. - Quotes from "The Teacher," Robert Burton from this time period, with apparent index numbers shown:]

We will leave the earth a better place than we found it. (010184.1314)

We are a new people being born: a holy family. (010184.23)

The Fellowship is on a collision course with tragic events, and yet we shall prevail. (013184.36)

Our task is so huge that sometimes one can hardly believe it. Difficult events are coming, and we will be ready. (013184.37)

We must move rapidly to make Renaissance as European as we can in the time that we have. (010184.13)

Humanity’s end is near. There could be no greater tragedy to bear from life’s viewpoint since it will be expunged. Only we few shall be left. We have self-remembering, and our hearts can bear the great emotional upheavals. (010184.1212)

We are people destined to survive the Last Judgment, and so we cannot be naïve. (010184.134)

The ark could not be cast into greater denying force than the Last Judgment. (010184.135)

To identify with the tragedy of life reduces of chances as well as posterity’s. (010184.138)

It is wonderful that our students are having children so that we can bequeath Renaissance to them. (010184.1311)

(In reference to the Spring of Moses on Mount Renaissance:)
The spring is bountifully flowing. After 2006, the spring will be necessary, as it is a natural source of water. Moses struck the rock and it gave forth water. Esoterically, that means that he struck the inaccessible emotional centre (the rock) and it gave forth water, the symbol for truth.
 (010184.1312)

Influence C has established a network for centres around the world for people to board the ark. (010184.1310)

Mr. Gurdjieff spoke of what ten conscious beings working together can achieve. It will require seven conscious beings plus forty-four angels and the inner and outer circles working together in order to survive the Last Judgment. (013184.38)

Noah was laughed at when he built his ark. No one is laughing these days because many people believe that hydrogen warfare is probable. (013184.39)

We have a great responsibility to posterity. To posterity, we are everything; to present humanity, we are nothing. (013184.312)

From the Fellowship of Friends Wiki Page:

[ed. - Thoughts from "The Teacher," Robert Burton, with apparent index number shown.]
The phrase, Last judgement means that humanity has been judged unfit to continue. (010184.131)

Russia and the United States are on a collision course that is not to be averted. (010184.132)

All of the world’s great cities are on the same time now; all will perish one way or another in 2006. (010184.133)

Student: After Armageddon will Jesus’s life still play a prominent role in our lives?
Teacher: Yes. In posterity, it will be impossible to relegate Christ, humanity’s greatest achievement, to a less prominent role in our lives. (013184.912)

Influence C is preparing an ark for Renaissance; if they do not educate us, we cannot conserve for posterity. (010184.12)

Today was special because we planted many cypress trees, removed the first Renaissance bricks from our kiln, and cleared the site for our olive orchard. Renaissance is taking the form of the Mediterranean. (010184.14)

Dante wrote, ‘All hope abandon, ye who enter here.’ Some day the entrance to Renaissance might read, ‘All hope encourage, ye who enter here. (010184.16)

The earth is a haystack; the school, the needle; the ark, the thread from which to begin again. (013184.311)

We have our ark, our Renaissance, to build, and we must be good households to accomplish this. (013184.312)

Influence C wants something for us, a soul, and they want something from us, an ark. We are being educated in the arts so that we may preserve the best of mankind for mankind. With self-remembering, one can pursue one’s self and one’s art, and do both better. (013184.63)