“Behind Every Successful man, there is a woman”. I do not know who said this and when, but the guess is sometime during the mid 1960’s when the woman’s liberation movement was at its peak. The current generation may or may not agree with this as is visible from the blogs and debates going on in the internet and other forums. Some of the statements could be quite demeaning to women such as “Behind every successful man, there is a woman, and behind her is his wife”.
However, if you study the Hindu scriptures, written 5000 or more years ago, one can see the importance given to woman in our society. Let us start from the Trinity, the Gods of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. Brahma is the creator and to create anything one must have Knowledge. Nothing can be created without having the knowledge about what, how and when to create. Therefore his spouse is the Goddess of Knowledge “Saraswati”. Vishnu is the God of protection or sustenance and one must have wealth to maintain such a large universe with diverse population of man, animals and plants. His spouse is the Goddess of wealth. Siva is the god of destruction, rather constructive destruction, as you cannot create anything new, either physically or mentally unless existing ones are destroyed. You need power to destroy and therefore his spouse is Shakthi, the goddess of power.
Vigneswara or popularly known as Ganesha, the elephant faced God is the god of Obstacles. One must pray to Him before any auspicious work is started so that all obstacles are removed with his blessings. His wives are Buddhi (Intelligence) and Siddhi (special skill) which are essential for all of us to remove any obstacles in our lives or to be successful in our profession.
There are more such examples in Hindu mythology which all leads to the conclusion that indeed there is a woman behind every successful man or the corollary being one must have a supporting, caring and intelligent wife to be successful in our lives.