Before we make assumptions on what is the goal of hindu scriptures, we shall see overview and types of scriptures we have. By this, we would understand that all hindu scriptures are driving through the same point.
Firstly, I'd like to use the sanskrit word "Shastra" that its english translation scriptures. Because the word Shastra itself will reveal its goal.
The word Shastra is a combination of two sanskrit rootwords: Shas and Trai. 'Shas' means teachings and 'Trai' means protects. Therefore Shastra means teachings that protects us. And it protects us from products of ignorance such as misery, sorrow etc.
And the beauty of Shastra is that it reveals something which is not at all available in any other means of knowledge or any other academic knowledge. It is unique, beneficial and does not contradict any other knowledge. It does not contradict our logic and experiences as well. This is very very important, coz nowadays most of the new age movements talks about this non perceptible out of body experience which is not at all practical and logical as well.
Our shastras reveals the
1. concept of Ishwara,
2. concept of Papa & Punya,
3. the knowledge of Atma or Self,
4. Creation of Universe,
5. the relationship between the self, universe and Ishwara,
7. an extensive and expansive desciption of svarga and Naraka,
8. an extensive explanation of the two lifestyles one goes through in his life, and
9. the ultimate goal in life, Moksha.
Our shastra shares a new perspective to life in contrary to how we see it. It brings upon happiness, completeness, basically a new dimension in our life. And the most beautiful part of it, we need not change anything we are doing right now to achieve it. We just need to shift our understanding a lillte. Our Shastaras make it happen that easily and practically.
I'd be touching more on our shastras in the coming days to give much better understanding in order to benefit all of us. It's good to know, so that we would know how to start.
Om Tat Sat