Waman Padale (1930-2014)
by Mehernath Kalchuri, 20 March 2014
Waman Padale expired on Friday, 21st March 2014 at his residence in Ahmednagar. His funeral will take place at Meherabad, tomorrow, Saturday, 22nd March, 2014.
Waman came into Baba’s contact in approximately 1940 through Gulumai, Baba’s Spiritual Mother and Adi K. Irani’s mother. He used to work for her. Adi taught him to drive a car. From Meherazad to Pune and from Meherazad to Meherabad, he got the opportunity to drive Baba’s car. Baba would sit in the front seat while Waman drove Baba.
On different occasions he was fortunate to drive Baba in the car. In approximately 1941-42, Narayan Maharaj came to Sarosh Petrol Pump, Ahmednagar, just beside Khushru Quarters. His driver stopped to fill his car with petrol. Somehow, Gulumai got a message that Narayan Maharaj was just outside the Khushru Quarters compound at the petrol pump. Gulumai ran to meet Narayan Maharaj and others also ran after her. Waman, at that time only 12 years old, received the boon of meeting Narayan Maharaj with Gulumai.
When Waman was small he also had the opportunity to meet Upasni Maharaj with Gulumai.
Many times Waman had the chance of meeting Gadge Marharaj in Khushru Quarters, Wadiya Park (Ahmednagar), and in Pandharpur. Slowly, slowly, Waman became an avid Baba-lover. He got a job in government and afterwards he became the personal assistant of the State Minister (Maharashtra). Whenever Adi Sr. called him for Baba work, he make himself available and would willingly come. Mehernath recalls how he lovingly took pan for Bhauji and others at Meherazad.
In 1968 Baba used to call Mehernath and Sheela Kalchuri to Meherazad on alternate Sundays. Waman would take them on Adi Sr.’s scooter to Meherazad as per Baba’s order.
Even after Baba dropped His physical body, Waman would still help Adi Sr. and others in Baba’s cause. Whenever Waman came to Meherabad, Padri would tease him, “Oh Minister, welcome. Our Minister has come!” Bhauji also used to call him “Minister,” delightfully greeting him with, “Oh Minister has come!” For the past three years, Waman suffered from paralysis and was bed-ridden. During these final years he filled his time with reading the books of his Beloved, Meher Baba.
He told Mehernath many times that he wished his body to be taken to Meherabad for his cremation service. And the Lord Meher fulfilled Waman’s wish. Tomorrow, Saturday, 22nd March, 2014 Waman’s body will be taken to Meherabad cremation grounds for services at 9:30 AM.