Origin of the work:
1631 – 1633 Leszno
1641, probably at Trenčín, parts I & II
1877, Prague, parts I & II
1922, Brno, parts I & II
Like the first part, the Praxis pietatis I, the second volume of this text was also widely read. Once again, it is a translation and emendation, this time of a work by the English divine Joseph Hall (1574 – 1656). Both parts were then published together.
The book teaches the art of meditation (contemplation) as a means of approaching the goals and ideals of true Christianity. It defines the term contemplation, and sets out its aims, how it may be undertaken, and what is its subject. It was a support for those religious exiles abroad and the evangelically-inclined population forced to live in their subjugated homeland. In the 18th century it was published with numerous additions, and was broadly used even after the publication of the Edict of Tolerance.
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp178-179
Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VII. Prague 1974, p48
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p288