If I’m not mistaken the universe goes through expansion and contractions and the first being to be born in the new universe is Mahabrahma. This is because of his kamma. Other being also start appearing after many aeons. Mahabrahma is feeling isolated and he thinks he is creating them when other being start appearing! In any case an absolute beginning can’t be seen, according to the Buddha and maybe the question is even a meaningless one.
I’ve been reading the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, and have been struck by how similar some of these texts are to the EBT. The most obvious difference is Atman/Brahman v. anatta.
In simple terms you could say that in one case the goal is realising a presence, and in the other case the goal is realising an absence.
Is there a difference in the paths and practices of the two approaches.
The common theme seems to involve “Seeing through” the sensual world, and attaining liberation from cyclical existence. The actual practices look quite different to me, I assume because they are based on radically different assumptions.