Garden of delights

When the mystic came down from the mountain, he was accosted by the atheist who said, sarcastically, “What did you bring us from that garden of delights you were in?”

The mystic replied, “I had every intention of filling my skirt with flowers and giving them to my friends on my return. But while I was there, I became so intoxicated with the fragrance of the garden that I let go of the skirt.

Anthony de Mello


Anthony de Mello (1931-1987) was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker, De Mello wrote several books on spirituality and hosted numerous spiritual retreats and conferences. He continues to be known for his storytelling, which drew from the various mystical traditions of both East and West.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a series of stamps featuring the natural beauty of American gardens in May 2020. The series of 10 forever stamps features gardens ranging from botanical gardens to country estates and municipal gardens. Courtesy