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The Supreme Lord. Shri Krishna, along with all His plenary expansions (svamsha) are in the category of Vishnu tattva. The Vishnu tattva entities are the controllers and the jiva tattva entities are the controlled. All the universes in the material world come from the first Purusha avatar, Maha Vishnu. But even Mah Vishnu is just a portion of a portion of Lord Shri Krishna wh eternally resides in His own abode, Goloka Vrindavana. Although Krishna is the supreme controller and owner of everything H never directly controls anything. He delegates all activities to Hi, agents and simply enjoys in His supreme abode.The Vishnu incarnation, although master of the mode of goodness within each universe, is no way in touch with material nature; He is completely transcendental. Although Vishnu is equal to Krishna, Krishna is the original source. Vishnu is a part, but Krishna is the whole. In Brahma Samhita the example is given of one candle which lights a second candle. Although both candles are equally bright, one is accepted as the original, and the other is said to be kindled from the original. The Vishnu expansion is like the second candle. He is as powerful as Krishna, but the original Vishnu is Krishna. All the expansions of Krishna like Vishnu, Rama, Nrsimha, Varaha, Matsya are in the category of Vishnu tattva. The Brahma Samhita (5.46) explains:
diparchir eva hi dasantaram abhyupetya dipayate vivrta-hetu-samana-dharma
yas tadrg eva hi cha vishnutaya vibhati govindam adi-purusam tarn aham bhajami
"When the flame of one candle is expanded to another candle and placed in a different position, it burns separately, and its illumination is as powerful as the original candle. Similarly, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda (Krishna), expands Himself in different forms as Vishnu, who are equally luminous, powerful and opulent. Let me worship that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda."
It is also stated in the Brahma Samhita (5.39) :
ramadi murtisu kala niyamena tisthan nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu kintu
krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo govindam adi purusam tain aham bhajami
I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Govinda K ishna), who is always situated in various incarnations such as Rania. Nrsimha and many subincarnations as well, but who is the ¦iginal Personality of Godhead known as Krishna, and who incarnates personally also."
In the Vedas also it is said that the Lord, although one without a second, manifests Himsell m innumerable forms. He is like the vaidurya stone, which changes color yet remains one.
Brahma and Lord Shiva are obedient servants of the Supreme Lord, and the Supreme Lord as Vishnu is an expansion of Krishna. (For more details, please refer to appendix 2 ' Avataras - Genuine and Fake')