Savitri is an epic poem written by Sri Aurobindo in 1950. It is based on a tale from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, about a princess, Savitri, who married a prince living in exile, Satyavan. One year after their marriage, Satyavan dies. Savitri confronts the Lord of Death and by the power of chastity and will wins back the life of her husband.

Sri Aurobindo took this story and converted it into a spiritual parable. In his version, Savitri, the daughter of the Sun, pursued the Lord of Death and transformed him from a being of Darkness into a being of Light. The Message of this epic is that an individual has the power to abolish death, suffering and evil by transcending the limits of ego. The essence of The Secret is expressed in the following lines from the poem:

A Prayer, a Master act, a King Idea
Can link man’s strength to a Transcendent Force.
Then miracle is made the common rule.

The Secret cites actual instances in which such a link between the individual and the Transcendent leads to results that appear miraculous.