Mulla Nasrudin

Which way round?

   A man who had studied at many metaphysical schools came to Nasrudin.
In order to show that he could be accepted for discipleship he described in
detail where he had been and what he had studied.
   ‘I hope that you will accept me, or at least tell me your ideas’, he said,
‘because I have spent so much of my time in studying at these schools.’
   ‘Alas!’ said Nasrudin, ‘you have studied the teachers and their teachings.
What should have happened is that the teachers and the teachings should 
have studied you. Then we would have had something worthwhile.’