The only thing to make man really and authentically cultured is to bring up children in their innocence, and help their bodies to be healthy and their innocence to be meditative. The child can reach his center very easily because he has nothing to obstruct him, no ideas, no thoughts, no prejudices. He is not Catholic, he is not Hindu; he knows nothing. So when you say, “Go in,” he simply goes in. And the road is clean, because no Bibles, no Korans, no Bhagavadgitas are standing like a China Wall preventing him. Children can learn meditation more easily than anybody else.
So my suggestion in response to your question is that every child is born innocent. Neither barbaric nor a very cultured and religious person — just innocent. And all that the child needs from the parents and the society is not knowledge, but a deepening of innocence. Meditation is the only way of deepening innocence, and if a child grows with his center blossoming you will have for the first time a society which is cultured, a society of the buddhas, the awakened ones. That’s my whole effort here. Osho
Yes, indeed. And it is even not necessary to “teach” children meditation. They do it naturally. Imagination and fantasy is a natural state of being of children. However the actual education does everything to cast out these qualities and replaces it by the mainstream belief systems. So at the end of all the education – be it by parents, schools or universities – is a conditioned human being who is ignorant about his own power. He lost his innocence.