A seeker said to the Master, "Master, I am intent on the spiritual life. May I become your disciple?" And the Master answered, "You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them, you will see that there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone else." "But if that is the case," the seeker said, "what then is a master for?" "The purpose of a master," the Holy One replied," is to make you see the uselessness of having one."

Joan Chittister, In the Heart of the Temple