I think reading and voting for nodes is "not the best" method of moving towards Sainthood, but what else is there? Even if you don't grasp the full contents of the nodes, repeatedly reading the perlmonks nodes, will impart a "feel" for what the basic problems are in writing Perl code. I find myself seeing a problem, and thoughts pop into my head...."oh yeah, I seem to remember Abigail, BrowserUk, Aristotle or some of the other great ones, discussed this, and came to "some general conclusion". So even if I don't become as proficient a programmer as them, I do have a better idea of "where to look for answers". Some saints are going to be "Perl managers", instead of "Perl programmers".
As far as the quickest way to Sainthood goes, why not adopt the "capitalist method"......buy yourself a superfast server and
offer to let vroom use it for free, if they make you a "saint". Sort of like a "Perl oligarch". :-)