Meister Eckhart - Selected writings - The ego is bound up with fasting, holding vigil and ascetic practises
Type of Spiritual Experience
Eckhart was supremely conscious of how subtle is the concept of a desire or objective and how strong is the will as a result. He condemned all ascetic practises simply because they showed such strong egotism - willfullness.
A description of the experience
Meister Eckhart selected writings – edited and translated by Oliver Davies
……All those whose ego is bound up with prayer, fasting, holding vigil and all kinds of external observances and ascetic practises … I mean every kind of ego attachment to any work, which removes our freedom to be at God’s [via the Higher spirit] disposal