How can two hundred thousand thousand horses live in heaven?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
."…Were two hundred thousand thousand:" (9:16.)
C. ~ Now where does such a vast number of horses graze and stay in heaven? What a large amount of dung there would be and what an amount of foul gas it must give rise to? We Aryas say good-bye to such a heaven, such a God and such a religion. It will be a very good thing if the Christians will also, through the grace of the Almighty God, be freed from the shackles (of the Christian religion).
Answer: For the interpretation of the symbolic language in the prophetical books, please read the article Introduction to the Revelation and Figurative Language of Prophetical Writings.
Suppose, if one were to even take these horses as literal, they will be hardly dots in the heaven. It appears that Maharishi’s heaven was just the space above the earth and he could not think anything more than that. Of course, all the 33 Vedic deities resided somewhere in these spaces.