Go forward. Push on. You will discover the forest of sandal-wood. Go farther and you will find the silver-mine. Go farther still and you will see the gold-mine. Do not stop there. Go forward, and you will reach the mines of rubies and diamonds. Therefore, I say, go forward.
(p.712, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Thakur’s words to Mahimacharan, a devotee in his room at Dakshineswar on 1 March, 1885)
GAURI-MA PASSED AWAY (1938)
As Gauri-ma grew older, her body began failing, but she passed her days in various kinds of spiritual moods. One day she told two nuns, ‘Look, I shall go to Vrindaban, so don’t cry for me’. At this time if anyone asked any mundane questions she told them: ‘Don’t talk to me about the world anymore. Talk only about the Master so that I will get joy and you will attain blessedness.’ Neither attachment nor delusion nor fear of death could touch Gauri-ma. She was absorbed in the bliss of the Self. On March 1, she was quite cheerful the whole day and talked frequently about the Master. That evening she uttered aloud three times, ‘ Guru Sri Ramakrishna ‘, and then started repeating her mantram silently. At 8.15 she passed away.
(p.170-1,They lived with God.)