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There is another book based on the discourses and the conversations between the master and disciple--Mevlana and Suleyman Pervane. Called Fihi Ma Fih (Discourses of Rumi), it offers in prose style Mevlana's views on God, heaven and earth, the Universal Intellect and Partial Intellect, and more. It is a controlled and scholarly work, maintaining a dignified pace while The Mesnevi unrestrainedly sweeps along. Different only in style and form, there is nothing contradictory in the three works, The Divani Kebir, The Mesnevi, Fihi Ma Fih . The intellect , the soul and the love of the soul are all satisfied . 

Remember the joy , the craziness of your first love ? Puppy love ? Summer Love ? High School Romance ? It doesn't matter -- it was real ! Filling pages in your notebook with ' his ' name . Hanging out on the corner of ' her ' street . Playing the same record over and over because you two had first heard it together and it was ' your ' song... Perhaps the only time of totally unaffected love . Mevlana experienced love of the Divine , love of his Creator , with total exuberance and intoxication. God incarnate in Shems , in Selahaddin , in Chelebi . The passion for God leaves earthly loves far behind , yet Mevlana had this to say , " All loves lead to the Divine ." 

Turning in the Sema and the pouring forth of poetry sprang from the intense passion Mevlana was living . There was nothing static or passive about the love of Mevlana . Times of silent introspection and contemplation interspersed with rapturous activity...He was now Lover , now Beloved , now the very Spirit of Love itself , the Divine manifested as each of these within the human . 

The years of fasting and abstinence had taken their toll on Mevlana's body , and in the fall of 1273 he fell ill . On his deathbed he comforted his family and friends thus , " Don't grieve that I am leaving this world . Whatever may happen to you , I am with you . As our Prophet said , ' Both my life and my death are auspicious for you .' The purpose of my life was to show the true path and my death is to aid you along the way . " 

On the evening of 17 December 1273 Mevlana took leave of this mortal world, calling out to God, "When You receive our spirit, death is as sweet as sugar ! When we are with You, death is sweeter than sweet life !"