The Holy Bible contains the same principles as vaishnavism. It’s interesting that in noting the incident of Doubting Thomas from the Holy Bible, we can see a similar element of physical bodily dependency in what has become of ISKCON today. Just as Thomas wanted to rely on his eyes to believe in the presence of his spiritual master, Lord Jesus Christ, “disciples” of Srila Prabhupada are preaching that Srila Prabhupada cannot be approached as ones spiritual master (as Jesus was to his disciples) today due to him not being physically present. They do not understand the real presence of the spiritual master: his instructions. Blessed are those who have not physically seen Srila Prabhupada yet believe and accept him as their spiritual master in full.
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
King James Bible John 20:24-29