The term potash has more than one meaning. In a narrow sense, it refers to the salt potassium carbonate (K2CO3). In a broader sense, it is a generic term for various water-soluble potassium salts that may be mined or manufactured. Potash has been used since antiquity in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, and soap. Today, potash (in the form of potassium oxide) is used mainly as a fertilizer.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- The scientific study of potash provides us with a means of differentiating between various potassium salts and determining their properties. This type of work requires superior mental faculties, which are connected to our spiritual dimension and reflect the higher intelligence of our Creator. In addition, the results of these studies provide glimpses of some of the processes by which God invested His heart, intelligence, and energies in creating this world.
- Our efforts to study potash spring from our inner desire to understand the natural world, regardless of whether the knowledge gained helps us for our practical, survival needs. These efforts distinguish the human species from all others on our planet.
- By investigating the various types of potash, we work toward establishing harmony with the rest of the created world and stewardship (dominion) of true love over it. In Unification terminology, we work toward fulfilling God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity.
- The various forms of potash also contribute to our practical needs. By serving humans and other creatures, these potassium salts provide us with an internal guiding principle—to live for the sake of others. By so doing, we demonstrate God's nature in action, and we can create a world of harmony and peace, which is the desire of all people.