The old teachers of meditation held that there is a twofold contemplation at the top end of our line of thought, one which gives intuition about the object, whereby the mind obtains its closest touch with that object, receiving its highest lesson, while the second lead to the beyond of the mind. Just as our body, having reached a certain point at which it serves the mind (which is the beyond of the body), need not grow any bigger or sprout any extra arms and legs, because the mind is now the life, so also the mind, having reached a certain point, ceases its own growth and lives on only to serve the beyond of the mind.
We can, if we like, go on developing the existing powers of the mind to the extent of genius, just as we can develop the body to become a great athlete, but that is so much bondage to personality according to the teachers and is not really to be wanted or admired. Having reached the point at which we are competent to serve and join with the beyond – the god within, beyond mind – we are foolish if we do not enter that service and give our allegiance and worship to that. Devotion to geniuses and worship of external superior beings partakes of the same error as the desire for personal greatness of body or mind. This is where hero-worship can go wrong.