I have been away from the United States for almost a year. The last time I was in California was on March 14th last year. Has it really only been a year since I left California? Time really does fly!
My year-long airline return ticket expires in less than three weeks. (I can hear Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada's admonition ringing in my ears: "Don't come here cutting a return ticket!")
I am not particularly keen to return to California (so many familiar people and things from my past life are there, just waiting to draw me back!) but I have to return if I want to keep my green card active.
I discuss my options with Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj and we present these to Srila Gurudeva in the afternoon, "to keep Srila Gurudeva informed of my movements."
Srila Gurudeva agrees that the green card is valuable, and that I should do whatever I have to do to keep it. I should therefore return to California, but try to return as soon as I can.