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Patanjali, the most ancient and still the most authoritative teacher of the art, has stated a definition of Yoga which may be freely rendered as: the complete stoppage of the ego's intellectual and emotional activities. When this is achieved, he adds, the consciousness hitherto enmeshed in them shows its true state--which is purely spiritual.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 168

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