The organisation I joined was called the Fellowship of Friends, and followed the mystical teachings of the fourth way teachers Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. It has had about a thousand members during most of its existence (It still exists). I joined the fellowship in 1978, and stayed for 11 years until 1989. I had recently beeen told about the fact that the teacher, who we were required not to gossip about on pain of expulsion from the school as they called it, had had a questionable liaison with a younger and vulnerable member of the school, would told me how he felt totally trapped in the situation he found himself in. Burton's idea of fun is to force otherwise basically heterosexual young men to perform sexual acts for his gratification. He wasn't so keen on students who happened by chance to be homosexual themselves. This news that the teacher had "used" someone else so shamelessly for his own gratification, led me to question my continued membership of the organisation then clled The Fellowship. I had two questions I wished to put to Robert Burton before I left. I knew full well he would never accept another calll, since he would have seen my call as expressing negativity towards himself and his precious C-influence, and not wasted his precious time. The fisr question I asked him (which is not on the tape, as just at the moment he answered I reached out and accidently dropped the walkman recorder I was using hooked to mics on the phone casing, was "howmany different students have you had sex with?" the tape comes back online as he explains he is very happy with his sex life and hoped everyone else had the same pleasure he had. He had said in that mealy mouthed way "I wouldn't mind telling you but..blah blah",so I picked up on his circumlocution and held him to his word, the answer to my question "How many?" A the time I expected an answer of 5 or so, as he seeemd to have long standing favourites at court. Little did I know that he had by that time had SO many he probably genuinely could not remember how many different students he had "known" biblically. I prefer in any cse my second question, which arose out of my studies at the openuniversity showing the limits of our scientici knowledge, let alone this distortion of the original gurdjieffian meaning of C influence, which was direct contact with a living conscious school, and Burton's paranoid take on it, that it was a force composed of 44 angels who communicated with Burton by Idea of reference clssic interpretation of every randoom event as being a cosmic clue as to his real mission The founder of a new era of mankind. He aims high does Robert Earl Burton. So my second question kept pressing for the most generous interpretation of his motivation, which is that he genuinely believes he is in contact with higher forces, and they communicate with him via car number plates etc. I try a few times to let the insight flow into him, that he has no way of knowing. The image is taken from the Fof Blog.