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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Monday, November 12, 2018

Robert Burton attacks Asaf Braverman for being unfaithful

“Oh threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
One thing at least is certain - This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies -
The Flower that once has blown forever dies.”

― Omar Khayyám, The Rubáiyát

This video offers a glimpse of Robert Burton's vengeful effort to limit damage from Asaf Braverman's departure.

[ed. - This post appears twice in the timeline: November 12, 2018, when "Cult Survivor" posted their comment on the Fellowship Discussion, and October 30, 2016, when the meeting took place. In his monologue, Burton compares Asaf to Miles Barth, another budding "conscious being" who chose to leave him. See also: Asaf Braverman departs and Robert Burton reveals his petty dictator persona. Cult Survivor removed the original video from his YouTube page. In November, 2021, it was reported that Cult Survivor rejoined the Fellowship. Perhaps he'll now adopt the moniker "Cult Advisor."]

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 12, 2018:

Here [video above] are the first 4 minutes of a meeting led by Robert on October 30th, 2016, 9 days after the expulsion of Asaf from the Fellowship of Friends. Robert mentions that Asaf is “going from bad to worse”, that “he is controlled by the lower self” and that “he is going to the end of the Ray of Creation”. Robert also comments on a picture he received of a tombstone with the name “Pierce”, which is the last name of Asaf’s wife indicating that it is a “sign from C Influence”, implying that her departure from the FoF with Asaf is a sinister fact (he also stated a few months later that the death from cancer of Denise, the wife of a person in Italy named Fabrizio that left the FoF to join “Asaf’s school”, occurred because “she was involved in a nasty play” and sent her a personal message inviting her to rejoin the FoF “in order to be saved”). At the end of the video Robert notes the coincidence that the angel that was supposed to wake Asaf up was Abraham Lincoln, the same “secret messenger” that was supposed to wake Miles up, and ends saying that “when you talk about as many things as I do you don’t even have thoughts about getting them all right”.

NOTE: Asaf was very close to Robert during the 18 years he was in the Fellowship of Friends — he was part of the “triumvirate” with Dorian and Alexandr (Sasha) and was the dean of the Fellowship of Friends until June 2016, 4 months before his expulsion.

 [ed. - While an ex-member of the Fellowship, Cult Survivor made the above video public via his DropBox and YouTube accounts. (The video and links appeared on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion.) Apparently, while preparing to rejoin the Fellowship, Cult Survivor had a change of heart and withdrew the video from public view.] 

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton with loyal lieutenants Dorian Matei and Asaf Braverman
Robert Burton's appointed heirs Dorian Matei (l) and Asaf Braverman (r) in more auspicious days