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.")

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. Read more about the blog.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

First Encounters of the INS kind

[ed. - It appears the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has finally taken seriously the widespread fraud and abuse practiced by The Fellowship of Friends under the government's R-1 Visa program.]

"R.I.L. Lollipop Company" ["unoanimo"] wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 11, 2007:

Lollipop Update

59+ Fellowship of Friends religious visa holders are now on their way back to momma and daddy, i.e., their respectfully surprised original homelands, compliments of the INS and ours truly (you know who)…

Bon Voyage!

"More history needed?" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 12, 2007:

I heard:

70 people who have a religious visa have to go back to their country of origine.
The Russian boys will keep a salary and Robert will be visiting them in Europe?
Anna Mar– F is asked to leave the country?

What is the responsibility of the board/ council members. Will they be interviewed and what will be the consequences?

Will A.G [Abraham Goldman, attorney] and E.B [Elizabeth Blake] be interviewed too as they have been dealing with religious visa’s in the past?

Robert is traveling next week to Europe for 5 weeks???

Will there be more investigations?

Keep paying your donations so Robert Burton can keep traveling?

Time will give us many answers…patience.

Enjoy September.

"In Pieces" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 12, 2007:

# 512 More History Needed [reply to above]


70 religious worker visas deemed fraudulent by the INS.

The top immigration lawyer that AG [Abraham Goldman] saw in LA advised that all R-1 (religious workers!! on the R-1/R-2 visas) should be returned back to their country of origin- before INS issues subpeonas [sic] and has them officially deported. Word has it that the immigration lawyer in LA also refused to take on the Fellowship of Friends case, as he did not think they had a leg to stand on.

Robert Burton is continuing all the salaries of his private harem while they are in Russia (compliments of the hard working students who stay in the Fellowship of Friends).

Most likely he will be spending more time in Russia and Europe since his harem will be significantly depleted at Isis.

The ‘inner circle’ executive powers in the Fellowship of Friends will be paying for transportation and providing extra funds for those R-1 visa holders that are deemed ‘risky’ (meaning, those who are currently more vocal or disgruntled), to get them out of the country first and quickly, so the INS does not have a chance to interview them.

Looks like M_h_i [Mihai Algiu, aka Algiu Mihai] will be returning to Romania. Geee- he didn’t get his green card in time! D_r__n [Dorian Matei] will be staying – after all his Green card is in the works as a result of his ‘official’ marriage to Ed_t [Edith Minne].

Question? Hey how come the little guy always gets the shaft, and the main player (Robert Burton) goes off to Europe for 5 weeks to enjoy his boys there and the life style to which he has become accustomed.

But, oh what luck! That means more events in Europe with Robert Burton and Asaf. After all the Euro is trading at $1.38 against the dollar. Bigger bang for the buck. For every $ 100 euro event, Robert gets to take home $138 US.

Enjoy making your $775 September donation plus your teaching payment . At least you know someone is enjoying your hard earned money!

Oh, and for those who are concerned whether the ‘teacher’ will return to the USA soon or not, don’t worry Robert Burton will be back in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas to pick up more cash. Save up folks, Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner, bring your check books or credit cards, for more event filled days.

Enjoy September!

"Vena" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 12, 2007:

Apparently Robert Burton is planning on leaving for Italy in a few days. Many people have predicted that he would flee if things got too hot, leaving others to clean up the mess and pay the fines, serve the time, etc.

"R.I.L. Lollipop Company" ["unoanimo"] wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 13, 2007:

Lollipop Update #3

530 [blog post]

Asaf [Asaf Braverman] was the ‘do’ [event that started it] of all the cracker crumbs in the bed sheets, naturally, nothing preemptive about that; thank Israel too.

"Laura" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 13, 2007:

Vena 526 [blogger and post]

Italy, hmmm… if someone gives us his whereabouts there are a few people here waiting for the Beloved Teacher with hands full of fresh red tomatoes and rotten eggs…

I know RB loves this country, but I don’t think it would be very smart of him to try to set up shop or retire here. The Italian police and Ministry of the Interior have files on the FoF which has been classified as a cult. There is also a funny story here that fellowship dentists hypnotize people by inserting slow-release narcotics in their fillings. It’s pretty amazing and I have no idea how the rumor started but every Italian site on cults repeats this info. So, instead of focusing on real abuse Italian intelligence is worrying about FoF dentists. Go figure. But we can always give them an update…

"Wouldn't you like to know" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 24, 2007:

For those who may be concerned about the innocent religious visa holders that are returning to country of origin:

Yes, it is rather disruptive of their lives. Colateral [sic] damage, alas. They are not necessarily being sent home as a preemptive move by The Fellowship of Friends and Abraham Goldman and Associates (the FoF lawyers).

Although that would be a valid strategy in an effort to minimize the damages and cut the losses. Consider that Homeland Security has been privately individually interviewing visa holders, that FoF was instrumental in the process of getting the visas for, for 6 or more months now. And is probably revisiting all visa activity historically FoF related. Like MySpace, which law enforcement has found to be an excellent source of research material for criminal activity/evidence, so are the The Fellowship of Friends Discussion pages. The authorities likely have the goods they need (read: evidence and/or depositions) and an alternative scenario might be: get the innocents out of the way before the big guns are brought in. – You know, the scene where the women, children, old and the lame have a chance to get out of harms way before the worst of the combat comes into play. Wouldn’t want any of them to get hurt unnecessarily and certainly wouldn’t want any of them taken prisoner/hostage. The foreigners will be safe at home country where Homeland Security knows how to find them when court appearance may become necessary and the U.S. of A. will not have to host them further or they could disappear into the witness protection program under the guise of having gone home. U.S. of A has learned much since Waco/Branch Davidian, Ruby Ridge and Jonestown. So, the FoF scenario will likely not be so extreme; which otherwise would reflect badly on the government(s) and/or elicit sympathy from the general populace for the persecuted.
Besides the immigration business, there are other agencies looking closely at FoF. Just follow the money; use forensic accountancy. Private inurement is rampant.

What’s that mean you say?:


Private Inurement

Private inurement occurs when someone with a controlling interest in a non-profit corporation uses their position to influence the application of the organizations resources for their own or another’s personal gain.

An example would be if leader X of Y, a nonprofit group, was able to influence Y’s board of directors to, say, award a construction contract to a company owned by X or Z. As a result of the arrangement, X or Z will enrich (inure) through the application of Y’s resources to a project that was profitable to X’s or Z’s company.
Let’s say for example, an individual or contractor that attended a church performed work on the Pastor’s personal residence, or other property. In exchange for the work, the church provided free bible college tuition or school tuition. This arrangement, if it exists, is problematic for two reasons. 1) The Pastor has enriched (inured) himself by bartering the resources of the church (bible college classes and school) in exchange for work on his personal residence. The person performing the work has reportable income equal to the fair market value of the tuition received.
Private inurement violations, have caused some organizations (religious included) to loose their tax exempt status with the IRS.


In 37 years there is surely evidence of regular and repeated acts of inurement; better check those Swiss bank accounts.

Wouldn’t you like to know?

"In Pieces" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 19, 2007:

A Few More Lies and Some Truth

Lie: Students are being told that everything on the Blog is a lie- don’t read it because none of it is true (just negativity)

Lie: Students are being told that Asaf [Asaf Braverman] is in Milan to help the Europeans understand the sequence and to create a "European Go Forth by Day”. Oh, and he is also working on some minor inconvenience to resolve his not being able to get back into the USA.

Truth: The R-1 visa holders are being told to return to their country of origin before the INS issues subpoenas and has them deported (after end of September).
Truth: Some students are being given air fare to get them out of the country quickly (those who know too much or could create problems if interviewed by the INS).

Truth: Br__n Car_ll_n is [Brian Carolan] being paid a salary by the FOF to be the ‘official’ bouncer at meetings, dinners, breakfasts etc. His job is to escort anyone out, who ask uncomfortable or challenging questions during meeting, dinners , breakfasts etc.. So if you are seeing Br__n around more often – its not because he can’t get enough of the events – its his job to make sure everyone is kept in line. How’s that for paranoid?

Lie: With the departure of approximately 70 R-1 visas, word is that some octaves on the property are being slightly inconvenienced. But it’s business as usual. Stay tuned to the next events coming up. Interesting, isn’t it? That 70 peoples lives are being significantly disrupted, but hey- that’s how influence “C” works isn’t it? Really nothing to do with the fraudulent basis that the ‘slave’ labor has been brought into this country.

Truth: Abe G [Abraham Goldman] and David L [David Lubbers/David Springfield] are making good money advising those leaving what their options are. I guess they have to make a living, don’t they.

That’s it for now. Any more lies/truths out there?

"Anonymous" commented on the Robert Earl Burton blog, November 9, 2015:
After the Citizenship and Immigration Services visited the FOF which resulted in a halt to the religious visa program, Girard [Haven](the head of the "Fellowship Order" - as it's legally a church) made a single exception to that and brought his new (at the time, future) wife over on a religious visa in 2008. She (Annamaria Szvoboda) re-posted some of his thoughts on Asaf's Gurdjieff website. [Annamaria does translations for the Fellowship.]

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