Maharishi Vedic Research Institute (MVRI) is dedicated to research which investigates, and technology which applies, the knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science. Maharishi Vedic Science is a science of consciousness and all its expressions. It includes technologies for the development of consciousness and unfoldment of knowledge for beneficial applications across all areas of life. MVRI is an Approved Research Institute (ARI) of the Australian Federal Government.

The word Veda is a Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge and all its expressions”; therefore Maharishi Vedic Science is the systematic and rigorous scientific study of the source, course and goal of knowledge as contained in the Vedic literature as brought to light and explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a great modern scholar of the Vedic tradition. It encompasses knowledge of all disciplines and relevant applications.

Divided into 40 disciplines or discrete areas of investigation, the Vedic literature includes Rik Veda, Sāma Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and 36 subsidiary aspects of Vedic literature, including Ayurveda (the science of health), Gandharva Veda (the science of music), Sthapātya Veda (the science of architecture, arts and the environment), and Vedānta (or Uttarā Mīmāṃsā, the scientific inquiry into the final expressions of knowledge). In Vedic Science, together these disciplines make up the totality of knowledge and each has a correlate in the modern disciplines, which collectively constitute the corpus of scientific knowledge. Moreover, each area of Vedic literature has been examined in the context of the structure and functioning of the human physiology and the dynamics of consciousness.

In addition to these traditional branches of Vedic knowledge, Vedic Science also has application in daily life through a variety of well-developed technologies, and these applications of Vedic knowledge—in healthcare and medicine, in architecture and art, in government, and in education, for example—can also be investigated scientifically. MVRI examines and documents both the core theoretical foundations of Vedic Science as well as their application through technology. These applications include disciplines such as education, sustainable business, art and architecture, healthcare, government and economics, consciousness studies, peace studies, and environmental science. The value of this research for Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region is multi-fold, since it extends across key areas of education, healthcare, new technologies of consciousness, government and global peace initiatives.