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.

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Stella Wirk dies

[ed. - Former long-time Fellowship member and leader, Stella Wirk died on December 29, 2001. The following image and remembrance of Stella is from the Fourth Way Gurdjieff Ouspensky School website. See also Stella's "Eliminate Cult Abuse" page, still available on the Internet Archive.]

Former Fellowship of Friends leader Stella Wirk

Stella Wirk was a student of the Work. Her virtual presence on the internet served a twofold purpose. She helped many victims of Fourth Way cults toward recovery. At the same time, her dedication to the application of the principles of the Work to her own life was a true "Light on the Way" for many people.

She was always there with advice, guidance, or just an understanding ear for those troubled by their experiences with the Fourth Way cults so prevalent today.

She was also a wealth of practical information and experience for those actively practicing the Work.

Stella's presence was compelling and her practicality unquestionable. She was always Stella - always the same. One could depend on that.

Most people will remember Stella by her warm heart and most generous nature. She gave her time to anyone who asked - at any time and anywhere either 'virtually' via the internet and email or even better in person (especially if an all-night coffee shop was close by).

Stella was involved in the Work for over 30 years. She was a well-respected figure on usenet. She conducted lively "Stella's Coffee Shops" and "Wirkshops" all over the world for years. She educated people about the dangers involved in degenerate cults, 'wolves in sheep's clothing', masquerading as representatives of the Work. She passed away in 2001. This archive contains her website as designed and written by her. All those who knew her miss her greatly, and will never forget her.

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

"Immortality through Self-Remembering"

[ed - The homepage of a former Fellowship of Friends website, the domain established December 4, 2001. The meta description: "A conscious Gurdjieff-Ouspensky teacher of the Fourth Way illustrates how to use self-remembering to achieve immortality. The Forth (sic) Way was introduced to the West by Gurdjieff."]

Robert Earl Burton, Fellowship of Friends cult leader, Immortality Through Self Remembering website

[ed. - From the Introduction:]
“Almost no one realizes the enormity of what can be gained or lost during his lifetime. One gains immortality or suffers oblivion, or worse. Every second you remember yourself you pierce eternity.”

"I do not imagine that there has ever been a way or path to the truth that was not strange, because one is taking a mechanical man at a physical level and transforming him into an astral body. I would not teach or use my energy unless I felt that immortality was probable and that death was an illusion for those who enter the way."

"Immortality is within our reach. Books educate us, but only self-remembering makes us immortal."

"Each person who enters the way will become immortal—that is why the way exists. The life of each person who enters the way is an epic, yet how many lives we live in this one lifetime! Sometimes one remembers with relief that higher forces are monitoring the school. We have the great privilege of understanding that higher forces do exist, and that life after death is a reality. Where does the way lead to? Immortality."

"Rainer Maria Rilke said, “All angels bring terror”—terrible shocks to awaken one. To create an astral body they use unsavory methods. Influence C frequently plays the role of villain in our lives. With them, one just absorbs continually; it is the highest path. One tries to endure without self-pity. It is curious, but Influence C crushes us into immortality."

"Human nature generally does not see the obvious, which is why esoteric truths have frequently been presented in the form of fairy tales. Fairy tales often begin with the statement, “Once upon a time,” indicating that the stories are unfolding in time, and end with a prince and a princess (World 6 and World 12) living “happily ever after,” that is, in eternity—immortality."

"Awakening is an emotional process and friction must be emotional. The suffering we experience must be real because the states we create are real. It isn’t pleasant to verify this, and yet it is a blessing. Friction can seem like a curse until we begin to realize the great idea behind it. What is that great idea? Immortality. Can anything compare with that?"

"Remember that you seek immortality, and one can hardly pay enough."

"My dear friends. You are in a critical situation. We live in a brutal universe where souls are endlessly driven from vessel to vessel. The gods have entered your life to enable you to escape this vicious cycle. Immortality is within your grasp. Firmly grip your aim to awaken and do not be distracted by anything. You are not alone; remember I love you, now and forever."

Robert Earl Burton

Monday, November 26, 2001

The Fellowship of Friends registers "propylaia.org" domain

Fellowship_of_Friends_cult_Propylaia_member_portal

Fellowship member Steven McCulley establishes the new website, as a portal for members to access internal publications. The site publicly lists Fellowship of Friends centers worldwide:

North America

Canada

Toronto +1 (416) 631 8621

United States +1 (800) 642-0212

Apollo +1 1-800-642-0212

Atlanta +1 (770) 346-0460

Boston +1 (617) 795-0084

Los Angeles +1 800-642-0212

New York +1 (877) 755-0428

Palo Alto +1 530 282 3530

Phoenix +1 530-277-2088

Sacramento +1 800-642-0212

San Francisco +1 (800) 642-0212

Washington, D.C. +1 301-933-0544


Europe:

Austria

Vienna +43 6803338814

Belarus

Minsk +375 (29) 763-5178

Belgium

Brussels +32 474219120

Czech Republic

Prague +420 603-231-046

Denmark

Copenhagen +45 (35) 421-910

France

Paris +33 6 33 67 00 46

Germany

Munich +49 162 988 4587

North Germany +49 800 5100051

Greece

Athens +30 (210) 965-4319

Hungary

Budapest +36 30-417-6747

Israel

Tel Aviv +972 3-528-2204

Italy

Florence +39 327-3644-231

Milan +39 (349) 738.3702

Naples +39 3934289878

Rome +39 (333) 620-3411

Venice +39 39-567938

Lebanon

Beirut +961 3-438459

Netherlands

Amsterdam +31 (0) 6 474-20668

Romania

Bucharest +40 723-686-012

Russia

Barnaul +7 (913) 217-6645

Khabarovsk +7

Khabarovsk +7 (914)402-2944

Moscow +7 (926) 210-9367

Nijny Novgorod +7 915 958 3120

Novosibirsk +7 (903) 937-7449

Petrosavodsk +7 (921) 220-2367

St Petersburg +7 921)-948-2906

Slovenia

Ljubljana +386 (41) 902121

Spain

Berlin +49 151 56633566

Madrid +34 606 872 593

Madrid +34

Valencia +34 653 463 764

Switzerland

Zurich +41 (78) 761 74 25

Ukraine

Kiev +380 (68)-530-4444

United Kingdom

London +44 (20) 8347-5353


Latin America:

Argentina

Buenos Aires +54 11 4821-4808

Brazil

Campinas +55

Campinas +55 (19) 3253-5802

Porto Alegre +55 51-8288.8614

Sao Paulo +55

Sao Paulo +55 (11) 6584-0745

Chile

Santiago +56 (2)954-5523

Colombia

Bogota +57 (312)378-7954

El Salvador

San Salvador +503 7839-1066

Mexico

Mexico City +52

Mexico City +52 55 55 43 60 52

Monterrey +52 (81)89962447

Tijuana +52 664 684 1088

Veracruz +52 229-932-1183


Asia:

India

Ahmedabad +91 94260 14167

Mumbai +91 02228061480

Rajkot +91 281-257-4565

Japan

Tokyo +81 05055346472

Taiwan

Taipei +886 987-943-713

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture published


Excerpts from Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, by Sarah Handler:
"In 1990 the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture opened in Renaissance, California. Founded by the Fellowship of Friends in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, this museum was the only one in the world devoted exclusively to Chinese furniture. To promote the study and appreciation of furniture, the fellowship also published the quarterly Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society."

"San Francisco was again the site of a Chinese furniture exhibition in 1995–96, when the collection from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture was shown at the Pacific Heritage Museum and a catalog published. The Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society ceased publication at the end of 1994, and in September 1996 the museum’s entire collection was sold at Christie’s in New York for unprecedented sums.The collection had been formed during the 1980s and ’90s, when many excellent pieces of classical furniture were coming out of China."

"This book had its origins in the high-spirited rediscovery of classical furniture in the 1990s and developed from a series of articles I wrote about pieces in the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture."

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

George Gurdjieff and a warning about The Fellowship of Friends

[ed. - On disinformation, Alex Burns writes a biographical sketch of George Gurdjieff, including a warning concerning the Fellowship of Friends. The "About Cults" link below leads to an Internet Archive copy of Stella Wirk's former Geocities website. Also included on the page are links to  several now-defunct sites: Greg W. Goodwin's "The System," Charles Duncan's Fourth Way Gurdjieff Ouspensky School, and the contemporary Fellowship of Friends page (which cites the teachings of Gurdjieff as the Fellowship's foundation.) Bolds added.]
Take the 'wisdom' of the East and the 'energy' of the West and then seek.
~~ Gurdjieff
From his first appearance in Moscow and St Petersburg in 1912, the enigmatic philosopher and memetic engineer George Ivanovich Gurdjieff attracted the interest of occultists and the Western intelligentsia. His teachings (often referred to as the 'Gurdjieff Work' or 'Fourth Way') became widely known through the writings and lectures of his pupil, the famous Russian mathematician and journalist Pyotr Demianovich Ouspensky, and were later propagated by Alfred Richard Orage, John Godolphin Bennett, Rodney Collins, and Dr. Maurice Nicoll.

Utilizing 'stolen' teachings from a wide range of groups that he had encountered (including the Yezidis, the Russian Orthodox Church, and Sufi 'Bektashi' and 'Naqshbandi' sects in the Hindu Kush and Pamir regions), Gurdjieff developed a unique system designed to enable individuals to overcome ingrained cognitice defects, become more conscious, and awaken the seeds of the Higher Self's Objective Conscience.

Recognizing that all spiritual movements eventually succumb to entropy, Gurdjieff ended his masterful use of PSYOPS adversity and confrontation at his 'initiatory laboratory' in Fontainebleu (France), concentrating upon conveying his worldview through the mammoth portable mythos 'Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson' (1950), which developed deeper esoteric themes drawn from Sufi, Zoroasterian, Sumer, and Egyptian literature.

His later work with small groups in Paris during the 1930s and 1940s, the subsequent books, the sacred dances, the piano music composed with musician Thomas de Hartmann, and the now extensive biographical and critical literature serve as a testament to the enduring legacy of this Magus. Many of Gurdjieff's concepts influenced Twentieth Century culture, including the Leary/Wilson/Lilly models of 'conscious evolution', the revitalisation of Gnostic Christianity, scientific research on 'split brain' neurology and 'multiple intelligences', Gaia eco-consciousness and the reciprocal maintenance of natural systems. Popularisations of Sufi Initiation occurred via Oscar Ichazo's 'Arica' Institute, the 'false Sufism' of E.J. Gold, and the stories of Idries Shah.

After his death in 1949, Gurdjieff's legacy was disseminated through many people, coinciding with the fragmentation of groups into secular denominations. It was further obscured by personality cults such as Robert Burton's Fellowship of Friends (Renaissance), and identifications with Gurdjieff at the expense of his ideas. Derivative movements have used isolation, group think, authoritarian power structures, and other 'unmasking psychology' methods for re-programming individuals. No one group can claim absolute control over or knowledge of Gurdjieff's teachings, and the interested practitioner is warned to exercise caution and common sense.

To quote Gurdjieff: "Beware of someone who wants to teach you something." The first rule of many 'Fourth Way' groups is: "There is nothing compulsory. One is not asked to violate cherished beliefs or accept any of the ideas presented. Rather, a healthy skepticism is encouraged."

About Cults: Fellowship of Friend
The 'Fellowship of Friends' (Renaissance), founded by self-styled 'Fourth Way' teacher Robert Earl Burton is one of the most controversial contemporary groups. Burton never studied directly with Gurdjieff or Ouspensky (he did study with Alex Horn), and is not recognised by the Gurdjieff Foundation as a legitimate heir, but has promoted himself as a self-proclaimed 'Teacher' who became notorious when his Edgar Cayce-like prophecy of California falling into the sea due on April 11th 1988 failed to occur (he also claimed to be founding a 'New Civilization' that would survive an Armageddon). The FOF promotes itself by leaving 'Gurdjieff/Ouspensky' Centres bookmarks in stores, despite several disputes with publishers and authors. This site by Stella and Harold Wirk (who met Burton in July 1970 and studied with the FOF until 1982) describes how this esoteric school began to turn into a cult within three years, the group dynamics and 'authoritarian power god' processes underlying this transformation (the school forgets its original aim and exists only to survive/propagate itself), and the inevitably decline that followed. Exercises designed to increase awareness of neuro-physiological, social, and individual limitations became extremely regimented (see the Wirk-Sheet and famous Hell Letter). This site contains letters, e-mail, and distinctive portraits. An important reminder that the Gurdjieff Work does not have obedience, faith, or blind belief!
Screenprint of Alex Burn's article on George Gurdjieff and links to Fellowship of Friends spin-offs. Source: disinformation

"the Sheik of Fatigue and Esoteric Knowledge" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 26, 2006:
Seriously watch out. First decide whether you truly do want to join a group, the history is full of people who managed great things on their own. There are also other ways to meet like-minded people than to join a group that may be potentially harmful to you. The Feollowship will be harmful to you, you have been warned.

If you still wish to join a Gurdjieff group, you might want to have a look at:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060617175550/http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/dossier/id132/pg1/index.html [pictured above]

If you don’t mind me asking why have you decided to seek help in your search for enlightenment and what do you think it is that the Fellowship has to offer that you can not get on your own? – as to the truthfulness of the Fellowship of Friends, it is a lie that you can not do work on yourself alone. If they lied once, who is to say how much of what they say is true.

Saturday, July 14, 2001

Trouble in St. Petersburg

The following was posted by "innin" on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog:
some more history …

Strange I did remember there were brave questions about RB & sex around 2000 and some Russians were immediately asked to leave but I complet[e]ly forgot the main theme. It was an early chall[e]nge of the “advaita” approach.
___________________________________

see the discussion list July 2001:

“From: “Vladimir Smirnov” [ed. - aka "Volodya"]

To:

Subject: [FoF] A message from Saint-Petersburg

Date: July 14 2001

Dear friends, all who read this discussion list and those who have received their personal copy. (Dane, Rulik, Girard, Synthia, Carlos, Thomas, Robert, Rowena, Peter and Victor).

Thank you for your sincere help in the past and understanding in the present. Read the following carefully and use it to your best. Recently when being in one of so called intervals when the machine is stressed and trying to understand what the next step is, something changed and a new teaching appeared face to face.

The document which was sent to the list yesterday contains the excerpts from it. It is the teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi, he is probably a complete man #7 in our terms.

A man who experienced a state of objective consciousness and after that spent next 50 years of his life sitting near the mountain and teaching all those who wanted to be taught.

The idea is to make efforts to keep your mind quiet, separate from the physical objects, entering through the five senses and ask every thought with words “Whom is this thought for? Is it me? Who is this me? Who am I?”

This very effort will bring one to the realization of one’s Self. And this Self is GOD and it is your true nature, for GOD is not outside, but inside of you.

The illusion arises because I (that is You) identifies itself with the body, when at the same time the Absolute is shining alone within one’s machine. (It reminds Gurdjieff saying that higher centers are fully functional and working, but one does not listen to them).

Consciousness is not the functions, but they are connected. As Ouspensky and Girard pointed, there is no greater stimulus for the machine other than the presence of consciousness.

If one identifies with one’s eyes, the objects become real. Than the forces that make the machine work and all its results become real. Its likes and dislikes become real. You start acting. Success of it brings joy, fault brings suffering. Understand the illusory nature of things and your suffering goes away. It is hard to separate from negative emotions, when you believe into the reality of their subjects, but if you remove the objects – you are free.

Buddha, Meher Baba, sufi masters and other great teachers say that if you separate from this body and all what it brings with it, you will come to the realization that all the visible world is just an illusion, maya, play of the mind, whereas the Absolute is like on ocean where souls are like drops.

There is no me looking for God and trying to be present to the world around, but there is a drop which looks for the ocean, when it is already there, being part of it. Read Rumi, Lao Tsu or Hafiz to understand what this experience is like. It is that very state where endless consciousness, unity, love and will live.

When Jesus said “I am the Son of my Father and I am Him” meaning that he is in the state where he experiences himself as the Absolute, when he is the Ocean and not the drop. It makes one compassionate to look at the drops in the ocean and see how they believe to be individuals.

Now, when having modern science and Rodney Collin books, we can understand it with our intellect. However, experiencing is not the intellect. Here one can see that the system of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky is just a brilliant package of objective knowledge acceptable for western mind, because western people are too much in “Me” to understand that there is no “Me”. And self-remembering helps to understand that there is no me, I’m just a point from which the awareness comes and that’s it. From here we start.

Now, what the school and the teacher are for?

To create conditions and opportunities for those who want. If one understands that one’s Self identifies itself with the body and it is in the prison of the physical world, one needs something, which will destroy this identification.

Thus, one forgets about things that support the reality of the sensible world and looks for something which frees his consciousness. Gurdjieff was laughing if hearing someone delighted with works of western art, as he saw it as fully subjective. Real art, he said, is created to help. It is based on objective laws and contains within it a higher state (and not the machine, but consciousness).
Immediately, a lot of the things about our School became clear and obvious. Some are helpful and cannot not to be easily found outside (that is, the students and their efforts) and others proved their nature today at the meeting led by Robert.
Many things were earlier had to be adjusted to fit into the picture. But for the last two weeks it seems to become more and more clear that the essence of attitudes is the same as of buffers. That is, if one cannot handle something, one is forced to do something with it. If you have no will not to express negative emotions, you believe thinking that you are always right or you have to use your king of hearts to help you and create a working attitude. If your will is strong, you simply separate from the machine and it will separate you immediately from its senses, objects they perceive, reactions to these objects etc.

If one is conscious, one simply becomes separates and controls it, without thinking or feeling. Many of Robert’s actions were earlier explained using the idea of the machine being separate from consciousness and therefore doing what it’s doing when one is simply observing it.

However, who said it? Ouspensky said that even the smallest change in one’s level of consciousness changes the machine a lot. Its functions work better, it’s usual I’s disappear and new ones appear. All the ancient teachers say that an awaken being can be recognized by his behavior. This behavior is based on complete non-attachment, desireless and absolutely equal attitude towards any object. The Master sees everything including his body as a visible expression of the Absolute while being himself united with IT internally and invisibly. He is like a crystal through which the light comes. This is called being objective.

Today the meeting started with Robert’s words about Influence C. Then, a question:

“Robert, after watching recent videos I feel that our School direction becomes more and more religious, as you offer ideas which cannot be verified as clearly as others. So, it involves belief, which is opposite to the Fourth Way principles. For example, the idea of Influence C working directly with us. What can I do with it?”

It was asked in English and Robert made a mistake – he asked it not to be translated into Russian and than said that he didn’t like the question and wants to skip it.
We moved further and he expressed his I’s about having a little time and using our time wisely without asking “wrong” questions. After a few of his angles a new question asked:

“Robert, you pointed out that immortal Gods are working with the School directly. Then, what is the main reason that in these 30 years none of your students became a fully awaken?”

This time Robert lost.

His calmness completely disappeared and he repeated that the questions were wrong and not helpful. He was touched. After a few words he said that he was that one who was a fully awaken being. Then he added, that the meeting at Apollo was also somehow strange and he thoughts that it is a good idea to have a list of questions before the meeting so he could skip wrong questions.

Then we moved our usual way speaking about Plato and Influence C. There were mostly Robert’s words and one question about taking practical aims because awakening seems to be too far. Robert spoke about using the body for creating third state, developing Apollo etc. Then he said about being present to the beauty of the room and enjoying arts. Than he moved to the efforts to separate from the negative I’s and I gave an angle based on the teaching expressed:

“If one is consistently trying to separate from I’s, keep the silence inside and separate from the objects which come through the senses, one can come to the realization of one’s true Self. And from here one sees that there is no “Me” and “You”, no world, but just an illusion, maya, and one is that very consciousness that perceives it”.

The angle is neutral and there is nothing to add or remove from it. It belongs not to mine, but to a higher level of being. Robert looked up, said “Yes…” and continued further:

You, I, real school, angels in the room, sleeping machines and the other things that make this world seem real and you as one of its objects.

Than, another question:

“Robert, why to you make your male students to have sex with you?”

Robert was digesting for a while, but he looked ready and gave a long thread starting with the idea of people interested in other people’s sexual life and little by little moved to Plato, Leonardo and Shakespeare having sex with males. Then he said about Sappho being a beautiful lesbian being. Then he said it was the most beautiful part of his life. And what can be more beautiful that being present to your lover?

Than he added that those males who were having sex him, had a sex with an angel in the human form. We are accustomed to the unconscious sex and he has conscious sex.

Few more angles, one from the jack of hearts, so every laughed and felt easy and than the angle that the meeting was for some reason very different and strange with too many wrong questions at it.

Than a poetic quote and the end.

It is 99.9% probable, that you will never see this meeting, even though it was recorded.

At this meeting Robert betrayed himself.

All of my previous attitudes to Robert (which were sometimes not easy to create after working at the Academy and looking at him closely) are ruined. The attitudes about the form of the School and not expecting it to be perfect either.

All the Gurdjieff’s words appeared as alive: Western art is totally subjective and based on imagination. Greek-Roman culture was that very culture which brought more harm to the humanity than any other. Greeks destroyed the objective knowledge by their philosophy.

Romans destroyed human conscience by their behaviour. It and many others things can be all found and understood in his “Beelzebub’s tales”.

And after that Robert’s words that he was not sure if Gur[d]jieff was a conscious being at all and that Ouspensky did a mistake on every page of the “Fourth Way” to escape formatory thinking and that many conscious beings were naive saying different things because Influence C kept they away from the truth.

Recently he said that he might become a man #8 depending on the hydrogen warfare.
Earlier, when he was giving his first meeting, he said:

“It began in Russia, and it will end in Russia”.

When he was asked about the meaning, he replied that he didn’t know, but these words appeared in his head and he said them which gave him the creeps.

After today’s meeting it does seem to be true. I guess, it would be useful for all of us have this message printed in our Forum, but somehow this idea seems to be a very naive one.

All these words are just I’s of this machine, but they reflect other.

If you wish, you can contact me at XXXXXX@comset.net

With love and friendship from Saint-Petersburg,

Vladimir Smirnov

P.S. Practicing the method explained above gives a very strange feeling that I’m addressing it to myself. As if it is one big thing remembering itself in different forms.

Quotes to Sri Ramana Maharshi:

1. What is the nature of the Self?

What exists in truth is the Self alone. The world, the individual soul, and God are appearances in it. Like silver in mother-of-pearl, these three appear at the same time, and disappear at the same time. The Self is that where there is absolutely no “I” thought. That is called “Silence”. The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is “I”; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self.

2. Of the devotees, who is the greatest?

He who gives himself up to the Self that is God is the most excellent devotee. Giving one’s self up to God means remaining constantly in the Self without giving room for the rise of any thoughts other than that of the Self.

3. What is the relation between desirelessness and wisdom?

Desirelessness is wisdom. The two are not different; they are the same. Desirelessness is refraining from turning the mind towards any object. Wisdom means the appearance of no object. In other words, not seeking what is other than the Self is detachment or desirelessness; not leaving the Self is wisdom.

4. What is release?

Inquiring into the nature of one’s self that is in bondage, and realizing one’s true nature is release.”

"No person" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 24, 2007:
Dear Innin, Thanks for the post #191, no matter how lengthy. I had no idea. Volodya was a very good friend of mine, we spent lots of good time together in St. Petersburg when I was a director there. He was a very young solar-lunar guy with glasses, very smart and sweet, and he lived with his parents in truly horrible communal apartment with few other elderly strangers… When this whole “thing” happened in Russia, I was already residing in US, and it was presented to us quite differently (I didn’t get the chance to read the original on discussion group). I was told that a bunch of students got extremely negative, attacked Robert, and it was a process of crime. And they all got kicked out of school, and now smoke cigarettes and express negativity. (I really was told this AND COMPLETELY BELIEVED IT.)

Later I heard it many times, as soon as someone left – that he got negative and it was a process of crime. Friends told me that when it was my turn to be kicked out – exact same things were spread around… Extremely negative, and process of crime. So not true!.. But this is pretty powerful thing to say, isn’t it. Who wants to talk to negative criminals?

Shamefully, at the time (in 2000) I totally believed it, and easily renounced my friend (please forgive me if you can), and never ever contacted him again… I believed that he truly became extremely negative and criminal. I was not interested in talking to him and asking what actually happened. Official version (A LIE) was enough for me then and fully satisfying.

I had no idea that this is actually what was asked at the meeting… Those were sincere questions, nothing was wrong with them. Where is the crime? Why can’t you ask this?

I see more and more that FOF is not about presenting the true story, it is really not. They present you with what they want to present you, just like the images for the meetings – often are altered using Photoshop to make them “fit”- all this to keep you under control. Lies, lies, lies. And buffers. I cannot believe to which degree I was actually brainwashed. It is very humbling to see it now.

In a way, it’s all funny and doesn’t quite matter now – I couldn’t obviously act differently then, otherwise I would have. I am just so happy for Volodya to stumble upon Ramana Maharshi back in 2000. I had no idea it was part of the mix. Good for you, Vovka!

"Rita Penfold" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 24, 2007:
Dear Innin (#191),

Thank you for posting Voloda’s letter. I remember him well, although I only met him a few times. I wasn’t at that meeting in St. Petersburg. There was a student there, Olia, whose husband was and is with Robert. She asked one of those uncomfortable questions and was asked to leave the school afterwards. What is incredible is that after the meeting Robert sent some people to the airport to get Olia’s husband who was coming from abroad, before she reached him and tell him that he can’t see her anymore, as she is not a student and is negative towards Robert and participated in the play of crime. I don’t know whether they met or not, but they separated and he still lives in Isis. Who is criminal in this story?

There is another story I want to tell, of my friend Ivan from Vilnius. We were attending perspective lectures together; and he had to come all the way from Vilnius to Moscow to do that. When I lived at Apollo, Ivan came there with his wife. A few days after his arrival he came to say goodbye to me. He had just met Robert who asked him whether he is willing to have sex with him. Ivan firmly said no to that and Robert then replied that Ivan is never going to be close to him anymore and his chances of evolution are now very slim. Still, Ivan left. I remember how much I cried that day. Ivan was a very close friend and although I didn’t care that time about Robert much (I came from Moscow where my centre director was much more important figure to me than RB. Also, to me work on myself was very important, as well as my friendships and my relationship within the school), I suffered Ivan’s departure and I knew that he was right in his take on Robert.

Altogether, I know only of 3 Russian men who said no to Robert. There must be more, but I don’t know their stories. I have so many friends who had sex with Robert and I don’t know any one who would do it for money in the beginning. I see how all my friends went there out of the naïve belief that they have to submit their will to the teacher. It takes a while for them to get corrupted or broken. I haven’t met any of them who are not traumatized by having sex with Robert, in one way or another. It really breaks my heart to think of the harm that was done to those men. Really, even when writing about it, the desire to ‘bring the bastard down’ comes back with full force, and I thought it was gone!

Dear Ames, thank you for sharing your amazing story. You are indeed incredibly lucky!

"Joe Average" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 22, 2007:
...I was not in Oregon House at the time of the dramatic meeting in 1994. [ed. - See The Ames Gilbert Letter.] I heard rumour only that something controversial and quite out of the ordinary had happened. Despite asking many people I could get no real accounting. Finally one person described it as a bunch of people declaring themselves men number five at the meeting and demanding to be heard, while angelic LT [Linda Tulisso/Linda Kaplan] patiently guided the meeting back on course each time. I was told nothing of the actual content of what these people said. Case closed.

There was a similar meeting in Russia, I think around 2000, when several Russian students asked Robert directly why he found it necessary to have quite so many young lovers among his students. They were, of course, also excommunicated after the meeting. The only reason I heard about that one was that one of the students involved managed to write about it to the former FOF discussion list before being expunged.
So please do not assume that everyone knows or that another old story will not help. It will. Robert has thrived on silence for 35 years. He is terrified of open communication. You will not “bring him down”, but you will help a few more people crack open their cocoon of buffers and rationalizations by the sheer weight of open testimony.

"David D" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 22, 2007:
And here is an e-mail that came out a month or so later. I don’t remember how much discussion the petersburg e-mail generated, but things got heated enough to justify this;
“Hello friends,
The Teacher reminds us to be intentional when using the tool of e-mail. He asks that we avoid unnecessary talk and use this form of communications for true personality.

In particular, Robert observes that those of us with power features need to be especially careful in our use of e-mail.

Robert further suggests that we can help C Influence with their work by not using this medium for sharing insubstantial ideas”

"ryanopoo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, December 19, 2015:

Nevasayneva.

One brave young woman piped up at a meeting in St. Petersburg. She asked Bob why he had sex with so many of his students. Struck me as a reasonable question since he’d just seduced her husband or fiance. Bob was celestially flumoxed, never having had a real question to deal with. Told her she was poison. The video of the event was destroyed, she was booted out later that day, though Bob kept her husband……..and after that, all his events were scripted, people read quotes from sanitised cards thereafter which he would interpret in unhindered, puerile magnificence.

There were many who finally saw the transparency of the charade, but to my knowledge only that one person who had the guts to ask “What are you doing to us?”

Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Celebrating Apollo's "Pearl Anniversary," 1971 - 2001

[ed. - A former Fellowship member alerted me to this rare gem offered on eBay.]



 Meetings with the Teacher - Vol. 1

  Contents

Excerpts from Meeting of January 1, 2001:

  "The Most Important Questions a Man Can Ask Himself"

Excerpts from Meeting of January 12, 2001:

  "What Is the Miraculous?"

Excerpts from Meeting of February 25, 2001:
 
"Giving and Receiving Photographs"

Excerpts from Meeting of March 18, 2001:
 
The 25th Crystallization Anniversary

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Apollo. In that time both the Fellowship of Friends and the property have undergone great changes. As if mirroring the evolution of the Teacher and his students, the untamed hillsides have slowly been enriched and refined, the undulating rows of the vineyard, the maturing beauty of the trees, the enchanting rose gardens of the Academy all becoming a visible allegory of the transformation of essence. Yet in the midst of these impressive changes, the heart of the Fellowship - as revealed in these excerpts of meetings led by the Teacher - has remained focused on that which is unchangeable and invisible.

As we labor to build our Theatron, and our selves, let the words of Socrates guide us: "Through earthly beauty, we glimpse eternal beauty."

[ed. - Frankly, I think there was more "earthly beauty" in those "untamed" hills before they were ignorantly "enriched and refined." Indeed, the scarred and barren slopes of "Dixon Hill," once teaming with native vegetation and wildlife, may well be a "visible allegory" of Robert Burton's Folly.]

Friday, May 4, 2001

The Fellowship of Friends' "Self-Remembering" website is created

[ed. - The Fellowship registers the internet domain "selfremembering.org", and creates the Self-Remembering website. The domain "apollo.org" directs to this page as well. Below is a November 18, 2003 Internet Archive capture of the site.]

 

SELF - REMEMBERING
by Robert Earl Burton 
 


Overview
Foreword
Excerpts
 Review
Translations
About Robert Earl Burton
Self-remembering by Robert Earl BurtonDeutschFrançaisItalianoEspañolRussianJapaneseArabic


© Copyright Fellowship of Friends 2001
All rights reserved.

 



"Self-remembering is always fresh. For years I have been grateful to speak about one word - self-remembering - which means life or death for us. Self-remembering must be pursued inexhaustibly throughout one's life. As we move toward death, we realize that all we can take with us is our selves."
- Robert Earl Burton

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Ex-Fellowship of Friends member commits suicide

[ed. - Charles Forline was Fellowship of Friends member in the 1970s and 1980s.]
Man Dies in Apparent Suicide

The Daily Californian
By Bonne Chance

A BART train struck and killed a man at the North Berkeley station 4:45 p.m. Monday in what appears to be an apparent suicide, public transit officials said.

Charles William Forline, 57, died at the station from "extensive blood [blunt?] trauma," after being hit by a train traveling nearly 18 mph.

Witnesses at the scene told police they saw Forline, a Berkeley resident, jump onto the tracks when the train appeared, said BART spokesperson Mike Healy. The incident will likely be under investigation for at least six weeks, said Michael Yost of the Alameda County Coroner's office.

The six-car train hit Forline as it rolled into the North Berkeley station and prepared to stop, Healy said. The train was in the process of decelerating at the time of impact.

It is not known if the man died instantly or if he lived for a short time after the collision took place.

Healy said the station was a regular stop for the train, which was coming in from Richmond. The train closed the track for two to three hours, although an adjacent track remained open, he said.

The station was closed for about 45 minutes, Healy said. People were able to use the trains in either direction after the closure.

While the train was out of service, transit officials set up a "bus bridge" at 5:15 p.m., which shuttled commuters to the different East Bay stations.

Forline [sic] said that while BART accidents do not occur daily, they are not infrequent.

"People get hit because people jump or have seizures and fall onto the tracks," he said.

Wednesday's death was the latest in a series of train crashes in the Bay Area. A funeral was held in early March in San Leandro for a boy who was hit by a train while trying to race with it on his bike. Several weeks ago, an Amtrak train swiped a Berkeley man's truck, which contained empty beer bottles, but nobody was seriously hurt.

A Berkeley woman driving an SUV and talking on her cell phone was also hit by a train in the fall. Although she suffered no injuries, her car was "severely mangled." Additionally, in early February, a train hit a man and dragged him for approximately 20 miles. He lost all of his limbs except for one arm.

"Jomo Piñata" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, February 25, 2009:
Stella and Harold [Wirk] rented for years from Charles Forline. He walked around Berkeley in his bare feet and I believe it was important to him to be barefoot as an individual right. He was renting out rooms in a home which, it came to light, he did not own. The Berkeley ordinance required him to have registered the house with the City and he overlooked this little detail, which made the rentals illegal. He may have been concerned when he was found out that he was going to have to pay back all the rents he had collected, I’m not sure. But I have the sense that his being found out precipitated the suicide.

Thursday, March 1, 2001

"ArkansasBob - The Burton Assram Yahoo Group"

Grog W. Goldwing/Greg W. Goodwin ArkansasBob Burton Assram Yahoo Group Fellowship of Friends criticism
The "Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM" ArkansasBob - Burton Assram Yahoo Group as it once appeared.

[ed. - April 9, 2019 note: on April 6th, an editor of this blog received the following message from "GW Goodwin":
"Please remove my name and any copyrighted material you are publishing without my permission on your Burton blog. If it is not gone in a few days I will take further action."
During the days immediately following receipt of the message, a malicious attack was perpetrated on this blog. The evidence suggests that "GW Goodwin" is behind the ongoing attack.

Assuming "GW Goodwin" is indeed Greg W. Goodwin, a member of the Fellowship of Friends from 1982 to 1991, now a vocal critic of Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends, and himself a presumed Fourth Way "teacher" in the mold of Burton and Alex Horn, we immediately honored their demand to remove Greg's name. However, in the tradition of Greg, who has "allegedly" avoided moderators' bans by employing literally dozens of pseudonyms on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion forum alone, we have applied our own pseudonym to material previously attributed (erroneously, no doubt) to Greg W. Goodwin.

"GW Goodwin" might claim to be "ArkansasBob", the administrator of a Yahoo Group (above) active in the early 00s. He may claim to be "c_influence44", the entity behind a Geocities website during the same era. To seriously consider any claim by Goodwin, we would need proof that he was behind the pseudonyms associated with those websites, and that the material presented was created and authored by him. Absent such proof, we'll attribute the work to the fictitious "Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM".

It is interesting to note that this material, previously available on the Internet Archive and other sites, has recently been blocked from search engine indexing, likely by the actions of "GW Goodwin." But, as clearly shown below, most of the material is derivative, not original, thus any authorship and copyright ownership claim by Goodwin is dubious.

Coincidentally, a GW Goodwin (Facebook photo below), aka Tao Jones, aka Siamese Twinge, currently administers "The Fourth Way (debunked)" Facebook Group and continues to troll other 4th Way websites until banned.]

***

"Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM" allegedly the infamous Fourth Way troll (4th Way troll) and former Fellowship of Friends member, Greg W. Goodwin
Infamous Fourth Way troll Greg W. Goodwin?


[ed. on March 1, 2001, former Fellowship of Friends member "Grog W. Goldwing (not his real name)TM" created the ArkansasBob Yahoo Group above. (Internet Archive site presently blocked: http://wayback.archive.org/web/20021206161726/http://groups.yahoo.com:80/group/ArkansasBob/). It attracted 111 members and apparently continued discussions in the tradition begun by Stella Wirk, first with her listserv, then her website.]
Group home page:

Description

THE BURTON ASSRAM,
FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS,
GURDJIEFF-OUSPENSKY CENTRES bookmarks,
RENAISSANCE Vineyard-Winery,
APOLLO, CA,
Oregon House, Yuba County, CAFROM Case#060209, Yuba County:


"Burton explicitly told Troy [17 year old son of a member] that the "angels" wanted Troy to disrobe, and the "angels" wanted Troy to submit to Burton's advances because Burton himself was an "angel", a goddess in a man's body."

 
EVIL: Case # 060209
[ed. - see below]
Fellowship of Friends Cult Center
Rick Ross [now Cult Education Institute]
Stella Wirk
New American Wing
Randazzo
Book Review 1
Burton's First "School"
Russian Site
Burton Website #1
Girard Haven
DIRTY DEALS
FOF Cult Information
"We are the greatest school since Christ's."
-Robert Burton

[ed. - The following messages, most widely-distributed within the ex-Fellowship community, were subsequently posted to this forum.]
I need your councel
From samaque@...

for <ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com>

Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 22:56:32 +0000

Subject: I need your councel

To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com
From: samaque@...
X-eGroups-Approved-By: c_influence44 <c_influence44@...> via web; 04 Feb 2003 00:44:16 -0000

Dear Bob,

I'm a former member of the F.O.F, and being haressed [sic] and persucuted [sic] by
them. I'm looking for lawyer to suit my complaint and I need testemonys [sic] of
those who know well the functioning of the cult.

Yours faithfully,

Sara Quelhas

PS: I tried to join your group but "they" managed to tamper with my
computer.

Arkansas Bob's Squeal Like a Pig Cult
From c_influence44@... Tue Feb 05 12:14:54 2002
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 20:14:34 -0000
To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com

BBS: Toad Hall BBS
Date: 11-15-94 (01:54) Number: 44873
From: STELLA WIRK
To: MARCELLE (& OTHERS)
Subj: The next letter. COPY

----------------------------------------------------------------------

LETTER RECEIVED RECENTLY; FWD COPY TO YOU F.Y.I.

November 1994

Dear friend,

In an attempt to prevent me from talking to others about my
experiences with him, Robert has forbidden me to come to Renaissance
(or Apollo). I write this letter for those who are interested.

When I came to Renaissance in the spring of 1986 I had been in the
school for one year. In the center I had been told numerous stories
by the center directors as to how a great, almost saintly person the
Teacher was. Having come to the Fellowship needy of emotional and
spiritual support I was willing to believe these reports at face
value.

After a few weeks of living at Renaissance, following a heavy
drinking 'symposium', Robert took me inside of one of the Academy
rooms and wanted to have sex with me.

When I told him that I did not want this because I had no homosexual
feelings, nor did I want to see myself assume those practices, Robert
dismissed my arguments by saying that I should externally consider
him as my teacher.

Partly out of fear for this 'all powerful' being, partly not to want
to feel guilty or judged, but largely because of the energy with
which Robert approached me, I was left with the feeling I had no
choice.

While Robert went about his business of trying to stimulate an orgasm
from me which he was going to receive orally I pointed out to him
that I was covering my face with my hands out of shame. Robert
retorted that this was a good opportunity for work for me.

This was the beginning of my functioning as a sexual servant which
lasted for several years.

In order to bear my plight I kept on telling myself that it was my
play to transform this kind of suffering and that learning selfless
servitude might eventually benefit my soul. I also tried to stimulate
in me the belief that since Robert was conscious, being in his
presence had to basically be a good thing.

Robert tried to assure me that what was going on between us was the
wish of C-Influence, and that the worst thing I could do was to
resist their plans. He also explained his attraction to men not as
homosexuality but as the result of his being an angel and a cosmos
above men, just like men's attraction to women stemmed, he would add,
from men being in a cosmos above women.

It was when I eventually met a woman (soon to become my wife) who
cared enough to point out to me that it was up to me to take
responsibility for my life, that I found the third force needed to
let Robert know that I did not want to continue serving him in this
fashion.

He got very upset over this and from one day to the other what he had
called 'love' turned into hostility, resentment, and a total ignoring
of us as his students. It was here that it became really clear to me
that I had never been a 'friend' or a 'student' but had been used for
one sole purpose: Robert's sexual gratification. There had been no
love, let alone conscious love.

In the five years that followed we have never been allowed to have
dinner with our 'Teacher', nor were we given consideration when we
asked for help during great medical expenses while working on salary
at Renaissance.

During this period Robert did, however, call me numerous times on the
phone asking me if I would again 'come in his mouth' (his words), for
which he would, among other things, offer to pay my voice lessons,
knowing that these were important to me and that I had a hard time
finding funding for them. Needless to say, at this point I never as
much responded to his requests or 'offers'.

Much effort has been directed towards covering up information such as
which is disclosed in this letter. There has also been a collective
buffering among Fellowship members as regards Robert's practices.

How can people who pride themselves in having evolved levels of being
tolerate this? I am convinced that many of the prevailing attitudes
in the Fellowship are based on religious faith, such as those
regarding unverifiable issues like Robert's consciousness; the
Fellowship being an arc [sic] for a new civilization; the division of
humanity into 'students' and 'life people', and the alleged spiritual
superiority of Fellowship members over non-members.

I hope that you will have the courage to challenge your attitudes and
see them for what they are. For the sake of your evolution.

Your friend,

s/WP*
(*name withheld by request)

_____________________________________________________


[Following was first distributed in October 1994. All addresses
hereon have changed since then, and this piece not updated with new
address information.]
Hello all, (letter sent by Stella to email list of ex-FOF members)

Here's a guy who is going to need friends to communicate with him and
he certainly will discover who is friends *are*. Please respond to
him if you wish. Here is what I received from him in snail mail today
(October 13, 1994):

Mailed to Stella on Oct. 11, 1994 - Marysville, CA postmark

From Richard Laurel (Richard Buzbee, legal name)
Box 684
Oregon House, CA 95962


[A hand-written letter of introduction was attached atop a small pile
of papers, below:]

Hi Stella,

I don't know if you can remember me. Richard Buzbee is my legal name.
I came from the Dallas, Texas center with my son back in 1977.
Reddish face, blonde hair and carrying around a lot of fear back
then, most of which I unloaded over time.

Here [enclosed] is a letter and two chapters that I sent out to all
people in the Fellowship that I knew. I was removed from the school
for sending it out, of course, and am now watching to see the
response, and to proceed to the next step which should make itself
clear hopefully. A group of students here at Renaissance is forming
and want to take steps to remove Robert. An obvious step is the legal
one but I would like to see what can be done by the group themselves.

If you have some ideas then please contact me. My phone # is 916-692-
1566 and my address is on the envelope. [see above]

I have read several books -"The Wrong Way Home," "Captive Hearts -
Captive Minds," "Combatting Cult Mind Control," but the best by far
seems to be "The Guru Papers." It has led me into the light and
helped me to take back my dignity as a human being - not a "chosen"
human being, not special, not lucky - just a human being trying to
make my way through this experience of life on planet earth. So from
one human being to another, I send you these things because I thought
you would be interested.

Richard.


[The following letter enclosed with the above hand-written message,
and, as Richard wrote, was sent to everyone he knew in FOF:]

Dear Friend,

I am writing to you and several others because I value your
friendship and regard you as someone with whom I can be honest and
open. I decided to write to you because there have been some stories
spreading through the school about myself and Robert, and I would
like to clarify the situation. Also, I'm afraid that what happened to
me is already being covered up and may soon disappear, like many
things that have happened to others before.

I was asked by Robert to buy a gun and become night guard at his
house. I accepted because I considered this to be an opportunity to
learn from him, and to protect him from harm. I went with complete
trust in Robert and a desire to serve. After accepting the position,
I was informed that one of the duties required of all guards was to
give Robert massages when he asked for them.

One morning, as I massaged Robert's back, without saying a word he
sat me at the head of his bed on my knees. He then pulled down my
pants, began sucking my penis, and asked me to come in his mouth.
This was all done without my consent, very impersonally, without
concern for me as a human being (married with a family), and without
concern for me as a student wishing guidance to evolve. I felt
betrayed and used by the man who I thought was my spiritual father. I
quit the job and went off salary.

You might imagine that having sex with Robert is different from
having sex with other people, that Robert somehow uses sex for
teaching, or that it would make you more emotional, closer to the
miraculous. But it wasn't emotional, and involved no teaching. While
Robert was using me for sex, I was nothing more than an object,
something to be used to satisfy his own sexual desires.
Afterward, when I began discussing this experience with some of my
closest friends, I discovered that many of them had been used by
Robert for sex in a similar way. However, the greatest shock came
from my son Troy, who told me that Roert had been actively pursuing
him for sex from the time he entered the school--at age seventeen.
While he was growing up, I taught Troy that Robert was like a God,
someone he could trust fully in every regard. I thus unknowingly set
him up to be used by Robert for sex.

Robert had told Troy (and many others with whom I have subsequently
spoken), that C Influence wanted Troy to have sex with him. Robert
also offered money and privileges in exchange for sex. During sex,
Robert uses no protection against AIDS, herpes, or any other sexually
transmitted disease, despite the fact that he has sex with many
partners. On many of the nights I was a guard at his house, there was
a succession of male students coming and going from his room.
If Robert removes me from the Fellowship because I have distributed
this letter, I want you to know that I will still consider myself a
member, and will support the school in any way I can. This our school-
-we have built it and paid for it. As a group, we have accumulated so
much being; some people have been working on themselves for twenty
years or more. To walk away from the school after learning about
Robert's actions is to say that the school is his, and that we are
powerless. But this is not true. We just need to trust ourselves and
have the courage to come together and say no to actions that harm us.
We not only have the right to do this, we also have the
responsibility to bring the facts about Robert's activities into the
open, where they can be fairly considered by all of his students.

Since this experience with Robert, I have been given several books by
other people who have had similar experiences with him, and who were
trying to understand the reasons for it. With this letter, I am
enclosing chapters from two books that speak directly to our
situation in the Fellowship. [Chapters not included here.]

Please feel free to share my letter and these chapters with other
students. I would be interested in receiving a note or letter from
you as to your thoughts and suggestions about what I've written here.
Perhaps a plan of action will evolve through our efforts together. I
sincerely hope this letter will encourage others to speak openly
about Robert, the school, and their experiences. If the school is
healthy, it should stand up under any honest inquiry.
In friendship,
Richard Laurel (a.k.a. Richard Buzbee)
October 1994

=============================================================

[As I understand it, Richard Buzbee was given "medical leave" to seek
help from a psychiatrist. Typical FOF effort is to attempt to
discredit what he had written in his letter by casting doubts on his
mental condition. He did NOT need a psychiatrist.]
_____________________________________________

Un-retouched nor edited, except to add paragraph separations for
easier reading, copy of email msg received to the list maintained for
former members of the Fellowship of Friends.

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 17:44:13
From: richard buckley
Subject: Greetings!!

Greetings All!!

Was pointed towards this list via Stella after reading the 10/12/97
S.F. Chronicle article and making a contact with her. I've been
sitting back for a few days, going though most of the posts, trying
to get a feel for what's going on here. Quite a lively list!! I
quickly had to set up it's own folder just to keep my inbox down to a
comprehensible size! Despite the commotion going down with the 'hot
topic o' the day', I pick up an overall feeling of general cyber-
commeraderie and kindness---things most woefully lacking from many,
if not most, electronic gatherings of people I run across on daNet.

I'm getting a hoot out of seeing names and reading posts from people--
of which some have very clear faces--others are a little foggy--but
most I have no clue as to who they be!! Old dusty memories and a big
mixed bag of feelings have gotten rattled around inside here.
Amazing!! Really!!

Anyhoo, my FOF story, in a microscopic nutshell, be as follows:

1) Joined in Portland 4/74...

2) Moved to the Bay Area in 1976---To the Kensington House---does
anyone remember that nutty place??-- where I shared a little bedroom
with four other men--sleeping on the floor--I think 17-18 people
lived in this house at a time!! I worked as a grunt for
Anthony 'Somebody's' 'Fourth Way Lawn and Garden Service'. I remember
customers would ask me what the other three ways of gardening
were!!!. I can't remember exactly how I responded but can imagine
what a fairly new "good" student back then might say. Had to
be 'intentionally insincere' with those life people ya know. What I
wouldn't give to roll that old film a little more clearly today!!
haha

3) Late '76 'til sometime in '78 was sent out to Cincinnati where,
after meetings, we'd go to discos instead of coffee shops. Lotsa of
sex and partying coupled (pun most intended) with lotsa crazy stupid
guilt. Meanwhile, while I'm trying to reconcile my raging hormonal
youthful lust for life with FOF ideas and 'suggestions' re: sex and
relationships, the person that I had transferred my deepest trust on
to is raping young men back in Calif.. Huh?????!!!!

4) Moved back to Renaissance in '78--or was it called Renaissance
yet??-- worked at the lodge as 'assistant maitre'd' for a little
while. More memories bubbling up to the surface----I remember the FOF
had bought out a Selix store's surplus of used tuxedoes--which seems
like it was the general working uniform of the day back then--and all
these men crowded into the 'barn' getting fitted into these penguin
suits (I remember fighting with Bruce Levy over a pair of pants. We
were the same pip-squeak size and there was little for us to choose
from) which we had to buy for the amazingly low, low price of
{{{{$44.00}}} which was not so amazingly low- as I remember- I think
I was getting around $75./month on salary!!! Eventually ended up
working in the vineyard driving tractors. One day, while I playing
tractor jockey and mowing terraces, the mower hit a rock and started
a fire that burned down more than 10 acres!! Now there's a gem I
haven't thought about in a decade or so! Interesting process, typing
out this stuff.

5) Some time in '79 , as I was courting Helen Drake (who, BTW, is
alive & well; remarried and living in Sonoma Co.) Robert asked me to
move into the Blake cottage. Well, this was like hitting the big time
for me.

I felt as though I must be doing something right to be singled out
for this honor. Little did I know. I was absolutely and completely
clueless. I remember a day or so before I moved in Don Biagi said to
me "living in the Blake cottage is very different than what you might
think"---And I just let that one sail way over my head. Little did I
realize--Don Knew!! Anyway, two days after I moved in RB made his
move on me. **Recalling this particular episode in my life has the
flavor of a weird distorted acid-trip**

I remember that even when he told me to take off all my clothes no
alarm-bells went off. But when he touched me-- every thing went off
like a nuclear explosion. Every alarm, every siren, every cautionary
sentinel of my being was set off shrieking and screaming. "Warning,
Will Robinson. Danger! Danger!!" I remember--now for the first time
since then---that I felt like I was going to pass out. Like I was
getting swallowed up by something way too monstrously big for me to
handle. All the trust and love that I had transferred onto this guy--
the person that was--to me, at the time---my ultimate caretaker, the
caretaker of my very soul---was blown completely and utterly away in
the fraction of the few moments it took me to comprehend what was
coming down.

Incredibly, somehow, I was able to say to him that I did not feel
comfortable with what he was doing. And just as incredibly, he did
not push the issue with me. He did not use his "C-influence wishes
this" bullshit line on me---but let me go back to my room to be alone
with my horror.

Two days later he called me into his room saying--and I will never
forget exactly what and how he said this--"Goodness, I think it would
be a good idea if you moved out of the Blake cottage".

I had no great compulsion to argue the request---I ran!!!! The entire
length of my residency there = 5 days.

I remember a few days after I moved out a couple of high
profile 'good' squeaky clean students said things to me inferring
that I did not have the *Being* it takes to be around the Teacher on
such an intimate basis, as though it was some character flaw of mine
that got me thrown out!! In some ways they were very correct. I kept
my mouth shut. And if I continue to hold onto any regrets, its that I
didn't say anything about my experience until several years later.

6) Come 1980 Helen and I married and I continued to work in the
vineyard but my whole inner landscape was changing rapidly. No big
surprize there,duh!

The outward form of the School began to have less and less meaning
for me and I began to seek out and really cherish other students who--
for lack of a better desciption--were out on the fringes of
acceptable FOF high society and tinged with not a small degree of
cynicalness. It was great!

I remember frequent bouts of heavy drinking get-togethers with other
vineyard 'badboys' where we'd sit around swearing and just generally
dissing the stinkiness of the hypocrisy so adhered to in the FOF
culture. "Fuck this" and "Fuck that" "What a big asshole so&so is"
and on and on.... Its exactly what I needed at the time and I'm
literally LOL as this stuff comes up on my screen.

I think, now, that this was the embryonic beginning of my recovery
and eventual healing!!! But, before any real tangible healing was to
occur, there were still some chasms in my being that I had to plummet.

I mentioned "heavy drinking" a few lines above. Well, for me it got
heavier and heavier. All the accumulated pain and loneliness of my
entire life seemed much nearer the surface after my 'RB experience'
and I did not have the resources to handle them in awareness.
Instead, I drank.

I pretty much drank like a fish right up until 1987 when the drinking
began to cease to work as an effective buffer against my pain and I
began to have this vague unsettling inkling that if I truly wanted to
reconnect with Life I had to start living it from the inside out
instead of taking it from the outside in. It was not a sudden
revelation or abrupt giving up of anything but much more a process of
which I still feel very much in the middle of today------And it is
all right!!!

7) Seems like I skipped a few years there maybe. Oh well.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, ;-) I continued to work in the vineyard
and invisibly come apart at my soul-seams. Its interesting sometimes
to play with what kept me from up and bolting from the FOF in 1980.
Different factors I think.

1: It was it was my life!! I had real friends!! I was married for
cyin' out loud!!

2: I still clung to the line, in one form or another, that RB once
gave to another student (who did bolt soon after hearing it) " It
would be better one were not born than leave the School" Scary
stuff!!!---but for different reasons today.

In 1984,when Sammy Saunder's Revelations reached the general FOF
public, I began to prepare for my final departure.

I took some general science courses at Yuba College and then early
in '85 moved back to the Bay Area and got a degree in Nursing finally
severing from the FOF sometime early in '86.

8) I'm really getting tired of typing! Suffice it to say that the
last 11 years of my life---post-FOF---have been uneventfully very
eventful. The process we're all on does not cease. No matter how much
I wish it would. No matter how much I whine & bitch about it---------
it goes on.

So, sometimes I find I can take a breath in and out and
say "Perfectimoso!!!!!!!!!"

Thanks All for letting me catharse. I feel sooooooooooo
much better!!!! ;-) ...

Wishing All Well-------------------------R

Oh yeah---a quote I wanted to throw in from Ram Dass that says a lot
to me re: RB ...

When asked what he thought about Hitler, he replied using the concept
of Duality. And, in part, said....

"In the world of Two we try to stop Hitler. In the world of One we
realize we are Hitler." seeya-----------r

End-of-the-world Societies
From c_influence44@... Sat Jan 05 12:26:29 2002
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2002 20:26:04 -0000
To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com
Subject: End-of-the-world Societies

Sometimes people have what Mr. Ouspensky called false Magnetic
Centre and sometimes they have multiple Magnetic Centre that
is, they have many small, weak Magnetic Centres. As a result, they run
after every variety of magical and pseudo-occult practice, every kind
of mystical cult, *or even join end-of-the-world societies*...

Maurice Nicoll
Psychological Commentaries

Case #060209 
From c_influence44@... Mon Sep 24 03:54:58 2001
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 10:54:54 -0000
To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Case # 060209

[ed. - First posted at: http://www.oro.net/~ofbyfornews]


Fellowship Of Friends-A Cult In Oregon House, California.

Another lawsuit filed against F.O.F/Renaissance Vineyard &

Winery, Robert Burton, Girard Haven, Abraham Goldman, Helga

Ruth Mueller, and Clair Bowen--directors of Fellowship of

Friends, Inc. The lawsuit brought by Troy Buzbee and filed

on April 29, 1996 in the County of Yuba.

Complaint for Damages is in Case # 060209

1. Fraud

2. Intentional infliction of emotional distress

3. Negligent infliction of emotional distress

4. Breach of fiduciary duty

5. Negligent supervision

6. Sexual misconduct with a minor

7. Sexual harassment

8. Wrongful discharge

9. Negligence

10. Failure to pay minimum wage

11. Battery


Fellowship Of Friends Cult - By Michelle M. Milligan

"Within the pages of the case are facts and details concerning sexual
and perverted acts practiced by Burton, his philosophies and
ideologies expected of the members."

According to the case, Robert Burton, "The Teacher", as referred to
by members, began the corporation Fellowship of Friends in
1971.

The "Fourth Way philosophy is taught and practiced by the Fellowship
of Friends.

The location of The Fellowship of Friends herein referred to as the
F.O.F. is in Oregon House, however the F.O.F. refers to their
location rather as "The Renaissance".

Troy Buzbee's father became a member of the F.O.F. in 1976. Richard
Buzbee's son Troy was only seven years of age. Richard Buzbee was
told that if he paid his teaching payments each month and followed
the tasks and suggestions of the teacher, Robert Burton that he would
enter "the way," become "conscious" and "immortal." He was told that
Burton was a "conscious being" and that he was "celibate." He was
told that he could trust Burton completely with his body and soul.
From 1976 through May 1994 Troy's father was a member of the
Fellowship of Friends.

As Plaintiff Troy Buzbee grew up he regarded Robert Burton as a God.
According to the case distinction between Burton and Troy's father
were not clear to him at times. Troy Buzbee became a member on
October 10, 1966 when he was 17 years of age, virgin.

After Defendant Burton and Defendant corporation Fellowship Of
Friends, INC's factual representations and undue influence caused
Troy Buzbee to lose his ability to think independently, he became
increasingly subject to the domination, control and undue influence
practiced, implemented, and used by said Defendants. In direct
consequence of such deception, coercive persuasion, brainwashing and
undue influence, Defendant Burton used Troy Buzbee, among hundreds of
other young men, for the partial gratification of his satyriasis, an
uncontrollable compulsion to engage in sexual conduct with scores, if
not hundreds, of men. In addition thereof, Defendant Burton exploited
Troy Buzbee for the provision of cheap labor, well under the minimum
wage. Said exploitation continued off and on until the time when Troy
Buzbee terminated his membership with Fellowship of Friends, Inc., in
August 1994.

Commencing in December 1986, Burton, would have "teaching dinners"
during which he would ply Troy with alcoholic beverages. After one
particular such meal in December 1986, Burton instructed Troy to come
to Burton's room and to shut and lock the door. Burton told Troy that
Burton was "an angel in a man's body", and the gods wished for Troy
to be close to Burton. Defendant Burton then held in an embrace.
Defendant Burton said, "influence C wishes you to be close with
me. "He repeatedly assured Troy that his "soul was not (his) body,
and that the angels wished for (Troy) to be with (Burton)." Burton
explicitly told Troy that the "angels" wanted Troy to disrobe, and
the "angels" wanted Troy to submit to Burton's sexual advances
because Burton himself was an "angel", a goddess in a man's body."

Burton said to Troy, "I promise you I am an angel in a man's
body." "You have to remember that I did not write the play about
Robert Burton." Burton would kiss Troy on the forehead which he said
represented the seat of the soul and then instruct Troy to "separate"
from his body and just "let go". Burton reminded Troy that Troy's
body would soon decay while his soul was immortal. Burton told Troy
that he would talk to him after he died using the same soft voice he
used at the time. Burton explained that for him the interaction with
Troy went beyond conventional sex and into "supersex", which was a
method characterological evolution. Defendant Burton stated, "My
sexuality is on the level of Super-Sex." From December '86--
April '94, Troy submitted to Burton's demands, which were: Drop out
of college, provide Burton with sexual favors and provide hour long
massages after Burton had been sexually serviced.

Burton used money from the corporation to pay other members for
performing specific sexual acts. In denominations of $50 or $100. The
case mentions one case of "specific sexual acts" performed on Burton
by Karl Feldman, Troy Buzbee's best friend. Burton spoke openly about
his sexuality in the form of jokes at the all-male dinners that he
would often lavishly host at all-male, all-you-can-
drink "symposiums." He would boast that "one hundred boys would not
be enough(for his sexual appetite)."Troy worked at the gatehouse on
F.O.F. property. Burton directed certain members who are "guards" to
arm themselves with firearm-type weapons. Burton then had him become
his "personal" guard. During the next four years Troy observed
numerous men in Burton's room in a single night. Troy was asked to
massage Burton after his lovers left.

According to the case, Burton suffers from sexually transmitted
diseases. He made no effort to tell Troy. As a consequence, Troy
acquired viral herpes. In addition, Troy suffered from stomach
ulcers. Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, Inc. was built as a bomb-
shelter in obeisance to Defendant Burton's prophecies regarding
massive and wide-spread disaster and chaos in the near future.
Defendant Burton uses Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, Inc as his alter
ego in the same way he uses Defendant Fellowship Of Friends, Inc.

According to the case.....

At all times mentioned herein Defendants Girard Haven, Abraham
Goldman (also an attorney), Helga Ruth Mueller, and Clair Bowen were
members of the board of directors of the Defendant corporation,
Fellowship Of Friends, INC.

At all times mentioned herein all of the Defendants were acting as
the agents and servants of each other and in doing the acts
complained of acted within the scope of their agency and employment
and at the direction and with the knowledge and ratification of the
other Defendants.

The Defendant Burton at all times mentioned herein, dominated,
influenced, and controlled, and does now dominate, influence and
control the Defendant corporations and the directors and officers
thereof, as well as the business, property and affairs of the
Defendant corporations.

At all times mentioned herein, there existed and does now exist, a
unity of interest and ownership between the Defendant Burton and the
Defendant corporations; the individuality and separateness of said
Defendant and Defendant corporations has ceased; and despite
knowledge of these facts, Defendant corporations and its officers and
directors have had notice of acquiesced in and agreed, consented to,
and ratified the conduct of Defendant Burton as herein alleged, At
all times since its corporation to the present time, the Defendant
corporations have been and are now a mere shell and naked framework
which the Defendant Burton has used and does now use as a conduit for
the conduct of his personal business, property and affairs.

Defendant corporations are subject to a unity of control, and its
corporate structure was created as an attempt to avoid payment of
taxes and civil judgments and to confuse courts and those seeking
redress for these Defendant's acts. Due to the unity of personnel,
commingling of assets, and commonality of business objectives, these
Defendant's attempts at separation of Defendant corporations and
Defendant Burton should be disregarded.

Defendant Robert Burton directs, controls and operates Defendant
corporations and uses them to enforce his orders and carry out his
attacks on groups, agencies or individuals, including the acts
against Troy alleged herein, to the extent there is no separate
identity between Burton and said Defendant corporations and any claim
of such separate identity should be disregarded.

The Defendant corporations were created and are being continued and
maintained pursuant to a fraudulent plant, scheme and device, created
and operated by the Defendant Burton, whereby the benefits and
product of the income and revenue of the Defendant corporations are
diverted to the use and enjoyment of the Defendant Burton through the
Defendant corporations to himself while concealing the truth of his
financial relationship with Defendant corporations.

Prior to the formation of F.O.F. and Renaissance Vineyard & Winery,
Burton formed a conspiracy in concert between the corporations for
the express purpose and intent of developing and implementing
a plan and scheme which would permit Burton and co-conspirators to:

a. use, abuse and exploit the fiduciary relationship between the
Defendant Burton and the Defendant corporation Fellowship Of Friends,
INC,, on one hand and the members of and contributors to the
Defendant corporation Fellowship Of Friends, INC,, on the other hand
for their own personal unlawful gain; and

b. to use, abuse and exploit the fiduciary relationship between the
Defendant Burton, as 'founding minister', and selective members of
the Defendant corporation Fellowship Of Friends, INC., for the
express purpose and intent of performing unlawful and perverted
sexual acts upon the persons of said members, including Troy, and by
causing certain of the members, including Troy, to work for Defendant
corporation Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, INC., and Defendant
corporation Fellowship Of Friends, INC.

That all times pertinent hereto, the Defendant corporation Fellowship
Of Friends, INC., and the Defendant Renaissance Vineyard and Winery,
INC, were formed and operated by Burton and said other Defendants for
their sole and exclusive aggrandizement and to create an ambiance of
neo-religious import which was and is currently being used by Burton
and the other Defendants to manipulate, unduly influence, and control
the minds, bodies, and the assets of the members of the Defendant
corporations for the sole and exclusive purpose of 1) satisfying
Burton's satyriasis-his voracious appetite for perverted sexual
pleasure and elegant life-style; and 2) diverting the contributions
and donations of the membership to their own use and purposes.

Members of the Fellowship are required to donate ever-increasing sums
of money as they become further and further vested as members of the
Fellowship with the caveat that when donations required of them are
not timely and completely made their membership is either revoked or
they become indentured servants of the Defendant corporation in
residence at its principal place of business for nominal compensation
and required to perform degrading menial tasks of a full-time basis
at the whim and caprice of the Defendant Burton and other authorized
representatives of the corporate Defendant Fellowship Of Friends,
INC., and Defendant Renaissance Vineyard And Winery, INC. All
donations made by members of the Fellowship are devoted either to the
continuing worldwide recruitment of new and replacement members with
fresh money to contribute to "the cause," or the acquisition of
assets, including but not limited to, Defendant Renaissance Vineyard
and Winery, INC,, which are ostensibly being acquired for the use and
benefit of the membership but which are in reality being acquired for
the personal benefit and aggrandizement of Defendant Burton and some
or all of the other individual Defendants named herein.

Meanwhile, Defendant Burton annexes free and unfettered use and
enjoyment in and to the assets of the Defendant corporation
Fellowship Of Friends, INC., Defendant corporation Renaissance
Vineyard And Winery, INC., and the benefits to be derived there from,
including, but not limited to, the provision money for bribes to
young male members to prostitute themselves in an intensification of
Defendant Burton's compulsion and demand for sexual servicing of his
long-standing state of satyriasis.

The entire, purpose, scope and extent of the aforesaid plan and
scheme as implemented by said Defendants is to effectively deny the
members of the Defendant corporation Fellowship Of Friends,
INC., not only the right to participate in its rituals and teachings
on an ongoing basis but also, and of equal importance, to deny
members of said Defendant corporation, including Plaintiff, of their
just right to participate as beneficiaries entitled to use and enjoy
the property of said Defendant corporation.

Troy suffered from fright, horror, grief, shame, anger, humiliation,
embarrassment, chagrin, disappointment, worry, self-loathing, self-
betrayal and self distrust.

Haven, Goldman Mueller, Bowen knew of all these afore-mentioned
practices of Burton. They have agreed and abetted Burton in his
efforts. They knew of Burton's diseases and said nothing.
At all times pertinent hereto, Defendant Burton, and the other
Defendants, caused Troy's mental and emotional centers to become
deceptively and coercively inculcated with the following tenets:

a. Defendant Burton communicated with "C-influence" which was
provided by "44 angels" which were each individually named including,
but not limited to, Jesus, "Benjamin Franklin," "Lincoln" and "Bach,"
and that Burton was the Fellowship's only connection with
said "angels."

b. Defendant was and is the most important person on the planet since
Christ. Defendant Burton claims a numerology of consciousness where
he has already advanced to a man number 7.3, with Christ being a man
number 8. Burton is above man-made laws, a moral law unto himself.

c. "C-influence" brought Troy to the Fellowship and Defendant Burton,
and that Troy's interactions with Defendant Burton would be the most
important relationship that Troy could ever have.

d. Defendant Burton is assisted by "C-influence" to guide the
spiritual evolution of the member "students" with "shocks" designed
to help them "awaken".

e. The members of the Fellowship are special, and set apart by higher
forces for survival. Members of Defendant Burton's "inner circle"
must associate only among Fellowship members must disregard non-
members, and demonize ex-members who are critical of Burton whom "the
gods" will "destroy." Such ex-members' opportunities for growth and
development are terminated failing to submit to Burton.

f. Defendant Burton possesses gift of prophecy that is infallible.

g. In 1998 California will "fall" in huge earthquake whereupon people
will die in massive numbers.

h. In 2006 there will be an Armageddon, where all humans everywhere
except for members of the Fellowship will be expunged by higher
forces.

i. Members of the Fellowship will inherit the world's material goods
and act as the "Ark" for a new civilization based on that of the
Greeks of about 450 B.C., and are thus presently preparing themselves
to bear the torch of civilization now and in the future.

j. By following Defendant Burton's directives so as to gain "being"
(depth of character) through separating from suffering and immersing
themselves in culture, mostly Western art, classical music, opera and
ballet, Fellowship members, including Troy, are preparing themselves
for being the "Ark".

k. Everything the members of the Fellowship, including Troy, had
learned since birth was "false" and caused him to exist in a kind
of "waking sleep." The Defendant Burton informed Troy that in order
to "awaken", he had to replace what was "false" with what was "true"
which was defined as the system of ideas as The Fourth Way, including
all the "new" knowledge that Burton had added to that system.

l. Defendant Burton stated, and states, to the general Fellowship and
to Troy, that without "C-influence" Troy could not "awaken".

m. Defendant Burton stated, and states, to the general Fellowship and
to Troy, that to "awaken" was the only way to avoid having the
purpose of his life be to provide "food for the moon."

n. Defendant Burton stated, and states, that Troy's people outside
the group as "life-people," he said were "tragedies." Burton said
Troy's own mother was such a "life-person" and that the Fellowship
was Troy's "real" family and Burton was his "Father."

o. Defendant Burton stated, and states, to the general Fellowship and
to Troy, that any challenge to the extent of Burton's excesses of
greed and satyriasis to be a lack of understanding of his practice
of "crazy wisdom" which he asserts that he must force himself to
perform is forcing himself to live that way for the good of the
members as a "lesson."


Wish to read the rest and complete story, and even proof?

Send a self addressed long envelope, stamped to:

Of, By & For The People Newspaper

P.O. Box 1993

Marysville, California 95901

Burton's Men Number Five Students
From c_influence44@... Fri Sep 28 03:26:11 2001
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 10:04:27 -0000
To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Burton's Men Number Five Students

Burton has claimed three "men number five" students over the past 30
years. The first one was Donald MacDonald, who left
Burton's "teaching" when he discovered that Burton's vineyard workers
were living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while working 12
hours a day, 7 days a week. Burton was being served fine cuisine.
The second man number five was Miles Barth, who left after conferring
with the psychiatrist of one of the boys Burton had "relations" with.
Miles reported that Burton's first reaction when hearing that his
student of 17 years was leaving was: "This will be bad for the
money." Later Miles is reported to have said that in fact he was
never "conscious" and the whole thing was a scam cooked up by Burton.
The third man number five was a formatory yes-man named Girard Haven.
It is reported that Girard is presently sitting in a wheelchair,
wearing a diaper and drooling on himself after suffering a massive
stroke.

Felonship: The Prophets Pimps
From c_influence44@... Thu Dec 27 15:57:57 2001
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 23:57:37 -0000
To: ArkansasBob@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Felonship: The Prophet's Pimps

The Prophet would designate various matrons to travel to the teaching
centers, in disguise as 'Fourth Way teachers,' these matrons would
search the audience for pretty young boys. When they found suitable
candidates the Prophet would soon appear in that particular center
for a "teaching dinner." The unsuspecting 'pretty boy' would be
included in the list of those invited to "dine." Flattered and
awestruck with sharing lobster in apricot sauce with "The Prophet of
Armageddon", our unsuspecting pretty boy would be even more surprised
when the Prophet would send everyone away and invite him to share
champagne alone on the couches of the living room. It was there that
the Prophet would seek to live up to his nickname: Slobbering Johnson.

There was a competition among the blubbery matrons to deliver the
most splendid pretty boy to the vacuum presence of Slobbering
Johnson, Prophet of the Fourth Way. Those who delivered the best were
secured a plane ride to lovely places every spring.