কৃষ্ণেসে চৈতন্য আত্মা শুদ্ধ |
চৈতন্য কৃষ্ণক এড়ি জড়ক ভজিয়া মৰে
কিনো লোক অধম মুগুধ ||৪৭
Whatever there may be, māyā and the rest all the world are gross.
Only Krsna is the Spirit, the Pure Consciousness.
How bewitched and deluded are the people who leave aside Krsna the Consciousness
And die worshipping the gross.
Although there is a multiplicity of such ‘personalities’, God (Isvara) is one. This is the Supreme Personality, lord of all the purusas as well as prakrti and of all entities contained within prakrti. He indeed is Narayana, the supreme cause (parama karana) Who is immanent as Visnu within His creation—the macrocosm—and as Paramatma within the microcosm and finally, as Krsna, the Supreme Teacher (Parama Guru) within the historical world. And therefore, as Madhavadeva rightly points out in the Nama Ghosa, while each of the material ‘personalities’ may pray to Laksmi—material nature personified—and report to ‘her’, Laksmi, in turn, must serve and report only to Visnu:
লক্ষ্মীক সেৱন্ত তপ কৰি |
লক্ষ্মীও সেৱন্ত যাক হেন মহেশ্বৰ বিষ্ণু
আন কোন দেৱ তাঙ্ক সৰি ||১৭
laksmika sevanta tapa kari
laksmio sevanta yāka hena Mahesvara Visnu
āna kona deva tānka sari 
serve Laksmi, doing austerities.
He Whom even Laksmi serves, such a Supreme Lord Visnu;
which other deity is equal to Him? 
পৰম আনন্দে চৰণ সেৱন্ত যাৰ |
সদা জন্ম-জৰা-মৃত্যু-হীন শ্ৰীমন্ত সুন্দৰ গুণনিধি
বিষ্ণুত বিনাই কোন দেৱ আছে আৰ ||৫৮৮
kāyabākyemane thira kari
parama ānande carana sevanta yāra
sadā janma jadā mrtyuhina srimanta sundara gunanidhi
Visnuta bināi kona deva āche āra 
resolving firmly in body, mind and speech,
Whose Feet they serve in great happiness.
He Who is eternally devoid of (mutations like) birth, death, old age, etc. and Who is possessor of all opulence, supremely beautiful and reservoir of all fine qualities,
apart from Visnu, which deity is there? 
জানিবা জড় নিশ্চয় |
হৰি মাত্ৰ সন্ত চৈতন্য ঈশ্বৰ
পৰম তত্ত্ব নিৰ্ণয় ||২০৫
jānibā jada niscaya
Hari mātra santa caitanya Isvara
parama tattva nirnaya 
Starting with nescience (maya), all (material) entities are false;
know them to be lifeless (jada) definitely.
Hari, only, is truth, the conscious (caitanya) Lord—
Supreme Entity (tattva) certainly. 
If our objective is to approach God, reclaiming our eternal status as eternal, conscious, joyous personalities in His eternal service, instead of lapsing into death (mrtyu), dissolution and mutation (vikara), then we have to root our intellect in God, not in prakrti or maya. If we worship matter (prakrti), we will become matter-like—unconscious, suffering from mutations, and trapped in death. We will not get the true counsel. If we worship God and do devotion to Him, we attain immortality. We become God-like—which is our essential nature. In the puranic representations, the attendants (parisadas) of Visnu always look like Visnu!
Between truth and un-truth, unconsciousness and consciousness,
that which is revealed (situated)
is called mind; whichever entity one worships,
it (the mind) attains to that. 
 It is the Supreme Purusa Who actuates prakrti or material nature and infuses life, as it were, into ‘her’ to initiate the process of evolution or material creation. This is given in the Bhagavata, 3rd Canto. Maya or prakrti is only a tool in the hands of Parama Purusa. Therefore, Laksmi is always seen serving the Feet of Visnu.